The months from the Superbowl to the official start of the football season in September are long ones for any diehard football fan. Now that September is finally here, it’s time for another season to officially get underway. This is a great excuse to gather with friends and enjoy some tasty snacks while watching the game from the comfort of home. Frozen dim sum is an especially popular snack to share among friends.
A Convenient Snack with Many Cooking Options
Besides being delicious and ready to serve within minutes, it’s possible to prepare frozen dim sum in a variety of ways. The most popular preparation methods include boiling, steaming, steam-fried, and skillet-fried.
Football party hosts can purchase frozen dim sum from a supplier or grocery store and stock them in the refrigerator until game day. Below are five of the most popular types of frozen dim sum as well as the main ingredients of each:
- Frozen fish and chive dumplings: chives, ginger, and fish
- Frozen pork and cabbage dumplings: cabbage, ginger, pork, and scallion
- Frozen pork and chive dumplings: chives, ginger, and pork
- Frozen pork and shrimp Xiao Long Bao: cabbage, ginger, pork, scallion, and shrimp
- Frozen veggie Xiao Long Bao: black fungus, Chinese vermicelli, dried bean curd, local greens, and mushrooms
Other Favorite Snacks for Football Season
Munching on snacks while watching football with friends is a beloved American tradition. With the football season just getting started, there’s something different for every week. Here are some time-honored favorites:
Mozzarella sticks: Like most snacks, these cheese-filled delights taste best when they cook in the oven to form a crisp outer coating. Although they lose some crispness when prepared in the microwave, the flavor and gooeyness are just as strong.
Mini corndogs: Mini corndogs and bagel dogs cook well in the microwave and can be ready in just a few minutes. Pretzel dogs, on the other hand, tend to get too soggy to be enjoyable. Offering guests mustard sauce for dipping makes this snack even more tasty.
Nachos: While buying nachos at a football game could set a person back $10 or more, they’re simple and inexpensive to prepare at home. Simply purchase a large bag of nacho chips, dump some in a microwave-safe bowl, add a generous portion of finely shredded cheese to the top, and turn the power on. The result is a cheesy masterpiece at a fraction of big-league prices.
Texas toast: These small pieces of flavorful garlic bread taste best when prepared in the oven. It should take approximately 10 minutes to get just the right combination of crispness and strong garlic flavor. Hosts should allow the pan of toasted treats to cool for a few minutes before allowing guests to grab a paper plate and serve themselves.
Pizza rolls: While ordering pizzas can get expensive and leave guests feeling stuffed, pizza rolls are easy to prepare and just right for a snack. Microwave preparation is best for those who prefer them especially chewy while cooking in the oven creates a crunchier outer shell.
Whatever the snacks served this football season, the most important thing is to cherish time with friends while rooting for a favorite team together.