Just like many of you guys, football is a big deal in our house! And as much as I love dreaming up creative football party ideas and hosting game day gatherings, I’ll admit that things can feel a bit redundant at times. I mean, there are only so many ways to recreate “football laces” on your food and cover everything in grass green & yard lines, right? 😉
SO… I thought it would be fun to try out something completely different. Instead of the standard green/brown/white football party palette, this one’s filled with bright, bold colors that POP!
It’s also filled with playful Pop Art Inspired Football Ideas – including free printables, a tutorial for DIY drink coasters, and a tasty recipe for Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks. These zucchini sticks are so YUMMY you’ll forget you’re eating veggies. 🙌
The zucchini sticks are rolled in a mixture of crushed TRISCUIT Crackers, cheese, and garlic before baking, and served with a trio of dipping sauces that I dubbed Red Zone, Blitz, and Regulation Ranch, which I will further explain below!
Read on for full details on how to recreate everything pictured above, starting with the zucchini recipe…
BAKED PARMESAN ZUCCHINI STICKS
Makes approximately 36 sticks
Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 20 minutes
- 2 eggs
- 20 TRISCUIT Crackers
- 3 medium zucchini
- ½ c. fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
- salt, to taste (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 425º and prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Cut each zucchini into sticks by first cutting them in half lengthwise, then cutting each half 2 more times, lengthwise. You should now have 6 long, skinny sticks. Cut each of those in half to create short sticks.
3. Use a food processor to finely crush TRISCUIT Crackers into crumbs.
3. Mix cracker crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Stir until well combined.
4. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. Dip a zucchini stick in the eggs, then roll it in the crumb mixture. Repeat with all of the sticks.
5. Place the crumb-covered zucchini sticks on your prepared baking sheet, then POP into a 425º oven for approximately 20 minutes. (Bake time may vary depending on the size of your sticks and desired crispiness.)
6. Lightly season with salt (to taste), then serve with playful dipping sauces and ice cold Coca-Cola!
I chose 3 super easy and popular sauces, but gave them playful game day inspired names to make the presentation more fun for the occasion:
- “Blitz” (ketchup + mayo + hot sauce)
- “Red Zone” (marinara sauce)
- “Regulation Ranch” (ranch dressing)
Click here to download my 8×10 “Hungry for the Win” sign and Pop Art Dipping Sauce Labels for free!
I also made some blank labels in case you want to change up the types of sauces. The blank labels are intended for handwriting, unless you’re comfortable with digital design programs, in which case the (free) font I used here is called Adventure.
Enjoy! And now let’s move on to the drinks… or actually to what goes UNDER the drinks in this case. ;)
DIY FOOTBALL POP ART DRINK COASTERS
- 4″ square white ceramic tiles
- Printable Football Pop Art Squares (4 designs per sheet)
- Foam brush
- Decoupage glue
- Craft felt, cut into 4″ squares
- Hot glue gun
1. Brush the top of a tile with decoupage glue, then center one of the square football pop art designs on top. You should still be able to see a little bit of the tile all the way around the edge.
2. Generously coat the entire top of the paper design and coaster with decoupage glue. Make sure to get the edges and go all the way over the white tile border as well. You want to seal the paper design to the tile. Let dry for 20 minutes, then apply a 2nd coat.
3. After your 2nd coat is dry, it’s time to add the felt base. Turn the tile upside down and hot glue the felt to the bottom of the coaster…. and you’re DONE!
Easy, right? ;) Now it’s time to bring out the frosty beverages and have fun with these at your game day party!
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