Everyone's donning their gear for the big game, and I'm over here making football pizza like some sort of Martha Stewart kitchen cheerleader.
If there is any way to translate sports into food, you know I'll find it! These quick and easy pizza hacks can help take a frozen pizza and turn it into a cute game day party meal.
I've shared my obsession with gluten-free sponsor Smart Flour Foods in the past. They make a few different varieties of frozen pizza, including Uncured Pepperoni pizza with vegetarian-fed pork (no nitrates!) and my new fave Chicken Sausage Pizza. I love chicken sausage and I love pizza. The two together is a winning combination.
All I had to do for this football pizza was add a few sliced olives. Touchdown!
This football pizza is ridiculously easy, and Nate giggled when he saw it. I simply rearranged the pepperoni into a football shape and added some thin-sliced mozzarella. I've found that string cheese also works in a pinch, and it actually tends to hold its shape better when being used for decorative purposes like a football pizza. Plus, it's always good to have string cheese on-hand for kid snacks like this tic tac toe pizza or apple face food craft.
This pizza snackadium here is my baby. I've seen SO many snackadiums, but I was proud of myself for coming up with one that offers up something healthy and showcases everyone's favorite game day main dish. Most of them are chock full of fried foods or chips, so I call it a real win that this can serve just about any eater's needs.
It works best if you first lay out your veggies in a large bowl with a plate in the middle.
Cook a bunch of pizza and cut down a large piece to fit a plate the same size as the plate in the middle of your presentation (so you'll need two plates). Construct some cheese sticks into a goal post configuration with toothpicks, and then prop them up on your pizza with a few more toothpicks at the base. The smaller the goal posts, the easier they'll stand up. That's why this smaller pizza was the perfect size for our snackadium. Once you have your pizza-field setup, you can lower it down gently into the middle of your veggie sticks. With everything already in place that way, there's less chance of your goal posts getting bumped as you try to arrange vegetables – or vice versa.
Keep the display refrigerated until serving time, and then put it in a COLD corner of your kitchen (I stuck mine in a windowsill with the sun on it and the cheese stick goal posts started to slowly keel over…oops). Plate a bunch of pizza slices and add some ranch dip surrounding your snackadium. Voila. Game time!
For more game day snacks, check out our bacon avocado egg rolls and crowd-pleasing spinach artichoke dip. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with football brownies and white chocolate bacon snack mix. Can you tell we really, really like our bacon around here?