Yes! I love summer but there is nothing like the start of football season. I understand that there are still hot dogs to be grilled, still potato salad to be consumed with our friends in the back yard. Maybe even one more watermelon buggy to be created. I'm not trying to let all the water out of the pools but it's time to look toward fall.
Early last week the hubster and I along with my sister, bil and my nephew took a ride out to the Ravens training camp to catch an early look at the team. Wow! The place was packed with fans watching the team (they look great) snapping pictures (yes, that's Joe Flacco), getting autographs. Totally fan friendly. The atmosphere was really fun and positive with all of us looking forward to a great season. The day we went to training camp was just 2 days prior to their first pre-season game which was on Thursday night against the Redskins. In case you are unaware (or maybe don't care) The Ravens stomped the Redskins 23-0!
Though I am a relatively new fan of the sport I love everything about game days. We don't have season tickets or anything just enjoy the games at home or watching with friends. As much as I love watching the games equally as important is the food you choose to serve during those games. Football Food! Thou shalt not serve green, leafy vegetables during a football game. No. It's against the rules and your team will surely lose if you ignore this rule!
We have one constant on game day and that is Fritos and Chili Cheese Dip, so of course, we had that as our appetizer on Thursday night. Then I decided that chili cheese dogs with fries would strike just the right note ( do you notice a theme here). We went light for this first game. It was a night game so a bit late on a school night. Obviously it was a perfect choice because our team kicked butt. It's different on Sunday when you have lots of time, you can spread out that whole game experience for at least 8 hours and so, fit in several meals as well as snacks.
I just found the absolutely perfect game day recipe and you better believe I'll be making this for our first football gathering! I'll let you know how it turns out.
Do you have rituals? Favorite football food recipes?