Football season is here! In celebration, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are big football fans! — to bring you football-inspired recipes this season. Last month we shared our favorite tailgating recipes, and now we are sharing more than 60 recipe ideas for celebrating on game day. It’s been so fun seeing everyone’s suggestions for game day treats but let’s start with my contribution to the party:
Swedish Meatball Dip with Tater Tot Dunkers!
As part of this fun football project, we were each assigned one of the NFL teams to create an inspired recipe. Since Handyman Tim was born and raised in Minnesota, I took one for the proverbial team and volunteered to take on the Minnesota Vikings despite the fact that my family is filled with die hard Green Bay Packers fans. The rivalry is real and this blog post could very well get me disowned!
When I started to think about the Minnesotan foods I’ve come to love, I realized it was a fairly specific and odd little list: wild rice soup, Snickers “salad”, and all things blueberry. Then I realized that one of my very favorite dinners is actually perfect for this Scandinavian inspired dish: Swedish Meatballs!
But, rolling meatballs is not my idea of a great time and when I think of entertaining and parties, I think hot dips. I thought it would be fun to create a Swedish Meatball Dip as the ultimate Guy Food. This hearty dish is perfect for your meat and potatoes guy and all his football loving friends.
Oh who am I kidding, I wanted to label this into my mouth with a spoon. If you love the mildly sweet and savory original, this spin-off is perfect for your next party.
Swedish meatball dip only takes a few ingredients. The preparation is so easy as long as you remember a few tricks.
- Be sure to really brown up the sausage. Make sure it is just a bit crispy and golden brown.
- When you make the roux, be sure to whisk it until it is slightly toasted in color and bubbling smooth.
- You can brown the sausage ahead of time but otherwise I’d make this right before serving. It tends to separate after it’s been refrigerated and doesn’t present as well once reheated. (Though leftovers are just as delicious!)
Minnesotans love their tater tots. I googled “favorite Minnesota foods” and “tater tot hot dish” came up repeatedly. I’m a Wisconsin girl who refuses to call it hot dish when it is in fact a casserole but that didn’t keep me from adding tater tots to the mix.
Our family loves the Alexa brand’s seasoned potato puffs. They have a hint of sour cream and onion in them and are extra crunchy. You can use whatever tots you prefer, but if you can find these they go excellently with the swedish meatball dip.
Now which team are you rooting for this season? Whichever one it is, you’ll find something fun to make for your next football party in the list below! And if you make my swedish meatball dip, let me know what you think!!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pound bulk mild sausage
- 1 onion, diced
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- Fresh ground pepper
- ¼ cup butter
- ⅓ cup flour
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 tsp beef soup base
- ¾ cup sour cream
- Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
- 1 package of tater tots or potato puffs, baked
- In a large skillet, heat the tbsp of oil over medium high. Add sausage and break it up with a spoon. Add the onions when the sausage is half-way cooked through and continue to break it up and saute until the meat is golden brown and starting to crisp on the outside. Season the mixture with the allspice, nutmeg and pepper and heat through until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Set the pan aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute until golden and bubbly. Slowly pour in the beef broth and whisk until smooth. Add the soup base and whisk until completely dissolved.
- Add the beef broth mixture to the pan with the sausage. Stir to combine. With the heat turned to low, add the sour cream and stir until combined and heated through.
- Garnish with parsley and serve alongside the fresh tater tots.
60 Football Team Inspired Foods:
Red Sea Party Punch by Celebrating Family
Bird Gang Sonoran Nachos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
GameDay Cheesecake Bars by Body Rebooted
Healthy Dirty Bird Dip by Dash of Herbs
Purple Potato Salad by The Culinary Compass
Chocolate Blackberry Cheesecake Parfait by Mom’s Messy Miracles
Easy Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Beer Girl Cooks
Quick and Easy Baked Buffalo Chicken Sliders by The Life Jolie
Blackened Steak + Blue Cheese Nachos by Feast + West
Easy Pimiento Cheese Crackers by Family Food on the Table
Chicago-Style Deep Dish Breadsticks by Honey & Birch
Italian Beef by Bread Booze Bacon
Welcome to the Jungle Cocktail by Love & Flour
Bengal Striped Bundt Cake by Foodtastic Mom
Polish Boy Potato Skins by A Mind Full Mom
Sweet and Salty Brownies by The Secret Ingredient Is
Cowboy Cookies by The BakerMama
Cowboy Chili by See Aimee Cook
Green Chili Pulled Pork Poutine by Cake ‘n Knife
Blue and Orange Jello Shot Gummies by Sustaining the Powers
Greek Town Loaded Potato Skins by The Mexitalian
Marbled Scotcharoos by Club Narwhal
Beer Cheese Fondue by Off the Eaten Path
Easy Beer Cheese Soup by Hello Little Home
Chicken Stack Sandwich by Around My Family Table
Bratwurst Sandwiches with Pub Mustard by What A Girl Eats
Game Day Cupcakes by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Brownie Batter Dip by The Crumby Cupcake
Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes by Two Places at Once
Tomahawk Cooler by Mixplorology
Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese by Simplify, Live, Love
Game Day Snack Tray by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Mac Cups by West via Midwest
South Beach Punch by 2 Cookin Mamas
Miami Mahi Mahi Sandwich by foodbyjonister
Swedish Meatball Dip with Tater Tot Dunkers by Peanut Blossom
Fruity Dessert Pizza with Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze by Bucket List Tummy
New England Rum Punch by Order in the Kitchen
Crawfish Etouffee by The Speckled Palate
Cajun Crawfish Fritters with Remoulade Dipping Sauce by For the Love of Food
Reuben Sliders with Homemade Russian Dressing by A Dish of Daily Life
Big Blue Cheese Steak Stromboli by Simple and Savory
Spinach & Artichoke Bites by Lauren’s Kitchen
Herb Pesto Arancini by A Little Gathering
Beluga Lentil Hummus by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Philly Cheesesteak Nachos by And She Cooks
Philly Cheesesteak Cheesecake by Nik Snacks
Game Day Cookie Cups by Me and My Pink Mixer
Primanti Style Sliders by Macheesmo
Pineapple Salsa by Living Well Kitchen
Tex Mex Cream Cheese Wontons with Bacon by Shaws Simple Swaps
Blue Cheese Blitz Dip by Cafe Terra
Chicken Adobo Fries by Brunch-n-Bites
Game Day Candy Bark by Life’s Ambrosia
Chicken Teriyaki Pizza by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
High Seas Sour Cherry Slush by Lizzy is Dizzy
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by Casa de Crews
Avery Williamson American Cake by Loaves & Dishes
Game Day Sriracha-Honey Nut Mix by An Oregon Cottage
Double-Stuffed Potato Skins by A Simpler Grace
Red Skin Potato Chili Nachos by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
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