NFL + MLB + NBA = OMG game day snacks!
Fall football is in full swing, MLB postseason is up for bat, and the start of the regular NBA season is just around the corner. You know what this means? Game day food! Whether you’re attending a blowout watch party or you’re enjoying the quieter company of you and your TV, you can’t discount the importance of a good snack. It’s one of the three most important ingredients (per the proverbial saying): good company, good drinks, and good FOOD. This recipe (courtesy of our vendor partner Bar-S Foods) for Cheddar-Bacon-Ranch Layered Dip hits all the top marks for good ‘ole-fashioned finger food: quick and easy to prepare, good for the budget, and bacon. It sounds so good you can almost taste the salty crunch and carbonated swig, while the crowd cheers in the background. Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get started!
 
P.S. – October is #NationalPorkMonth, so fixing a recipe with bacon is basically equivalent to fulfilling a patriotic duty. #Motivation
 
Read more: No time? No problem. Check out the party trays from our deli.
 

Cheddar-Bacon-Ranch Layered Dip

 Total time: 25 min | Servings: 14 | $1.06 per serving*
 

Ingredients

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, 1. softened
1⁄2 cup ranch dressing
6 slices Bar-S Smoked Bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled — View your weekly ad for special prices!
1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped
1⁄4 cup chopped green onion
1⁄4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips or assorted crackers
 

Directions

    • In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese and ranch dressing. Spread in a 9-inch pie plate or other shallow bowl. Sprinkle with bacon, tomato, green onion and cheddar cheese. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours.
    • Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.
 Tip: Serve this fun dip on a baked potato bar for all the fixins’ of a loaded potato in one place.
 
*Cost of ingredients may vary by location and seasonality | © Bar-S Foods 2016 | Bar-S.com
  
Don't forget to check out these other game day recipes from Bar-S Foods as well!
 
Read more: Score big with this tried and true Sweet & Salty Chex Mix Recipe from our catering coordinator Kate Rudasill.
 
Planning Thanksgiving appetizers

You’ve got a big Thanksgiving menu planned—and we’ve got the Thanksgiving appetizer tips that will help make the pre-dinner nibblefest a success.

Plan ahead and start early. Find recipes that can be prepared in advance and frozen. Keep the appetizers simple, so your guests are still hungry for the main meal.

When deciding how many appetizers to serve your guests, plan on about 6 per person for a dinner party. 

When planning your menu, think “variety” - serve foods with an assortment of colors, flavors and textures.

Storing thanksgiving appetizers

If serving cold dips, make them 1 or 2 days ahead of time. Not only will this reduce your kitchen prep duties on the day of the party, but the flavors of the dips will actually improve with the overnight refrigeration.

Don't forget food safety. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold when serving them at the party.

A common catering trick is to place a used napkin or plate on a tray so guests know where to place their dirty dishes. Keep a few trays or other receptacles spaced around the room to make cleanup easier.

Clearly label all dishes so guests with allergies or other dietary concerns will know what’s safe for them to eat.

Serving Thanksgiving appetizers

Line serving bowls with fall-colored napkins or linens for a festive touch. Or line serving platters with pressed leaves covered with waxed paper for a stained-glass effect.

Make sure you cut or slice appetizers into small pieces. Bite-size portions are best for easy eating.