Football Game Day Recipes

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Source: Caitlin Bensel

Football season is here and we are thrilled about it! Not only is it the perfect time of year for you to enjoy football from the comfort of your very own Velo apartment home, but you can also enjoy all of the delicious snacks you could ever want, fresh from your kitchen. Whether you’re into watching the game, or just there for the snacks, football season is fun for everyone. We’ve found some yummy game day recipes for you to make this football season!

Rotel Sausage Dip 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 

  • 12 ounces ground beef 

  • 8 ounces dry-cured Spanish chorizo, finely chopped

  • 2 pounds processed cheese (such as Velveeta), cubed

  • 2 (14-oz.) cans diced tomatoes and green chilies (such as Rotel)

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper 

  • Tortilla scoops, for serving 


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and chorizo; cook, stirring often to crumble beef until browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer meat to a plate lined with paper towels; drain 5 minutes. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker; stir in cheese, tomatoes-and-chiles, and crushed red pepper. Cover and cook on HIGH, stirring occasionally until the cheese is fully melted and sauce is smooth about 1 hour. Turn slow cooker to WARM; serve with tortilla scoops. 

Party Perfect Meatballs


  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives 

  • ½ small red onion, coarsely chopped 

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves 

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley 

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest 

  • ¾ cup panko

  • ½ cup ricotta cheese 

  • 2 large eggs 

  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt 

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste

  • 3 cups beef broth 

  • ⅓ cup hot pepper jelly


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Pulse the first 5 ingredients in a food processor for 8 to 10 minutes until chopped. Stir together panko, next 6 ingredients, and olive mixture in a large bowl until well combined. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls, and place 1 inch apart on aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pans

  • Bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste to the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until the paste begins to brown and coat the bottom of the pan. Increase heat to high, and add beef broth, stirring to loosen bits of tomato paste from the bottom of the pan. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in hot pepper jelly until combined. Reduce heat to low. Add cooked meatballs, and serve warm.

We are looking forward to hearing about how all of your tasty game-day recipes turn out! You can find more recipes like these ones at Southern Living. Enjoy football season for the comfort of your Velo apartment home!

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