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Getting excited about the big game and looking for the perfect snacks to bring to your football watch party? Check out some of my favorite game day snacks, including my easy appetizer recipe for Roasted Rosemary Cashews, packed with a little spice and a whole lot of flavor!
Whoa! How is January almost over? It seems like just yesterday we were cheers-ing to the New Year and talking New Year’s resolutions. Now it seems like we have moved on to all things Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras (at least in my neck of the woods); but first, let’s celebrate the much-anticipated big game with some irresistible football food, like these Roasted Rosemary Cashews!
To be honest, I really haven’t followed much football this year. While normally I love attending football games (high school, college or professional) and like throwing football watch parties, last fall was a bit crazy with so much going on in my personal life, that I think we only saw part of one football game at the end of the season.
In fact, I really don’t know how any of my favorite teams did this season and can’t tell you much about the upcoming big game, EXCEPT that I’ll definitely be there snacks in hand, ready to talk football food, the silly commercials and MAYBE discuss the plays! 😊
Yup, I’m pretty much cramming an entire football season’s worth of fun and food into the biggest game of the year, but I bet I’m not alone! That’s why I thought I would share one more football snack recipe with you today, as well as share some go to snacks that don’t require extra ingredients or recipes at all.
Since I love to host get togethers, whether a big football “homegate” or an impromptu night of cards with friends, I always keep my pantry stocked with quick and easy snacks like Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels, Pop Secret® Popcorn, Emerald® Nuts and Cape Cod® Potato Chips. It is so easy to quickly pop some popcorn or pour a bag of pretzels into a cute football serving bowl, and be done with it. I mean, who doesn’t love pretzels, popcorn or potato chips?!?
But if I have a little time and a handful of ingredients, sometimes I’ll go the extra
mile yard and make (or purchase pre-prepared) some Roasted Garlic Hummus or Spinach Artichoke Dip to up my game and add to my winning football spread.
In addition to serving hummus, dips and salsas as part of my football party food, I also like to dress up our favorite snacks by making snack mixes, our favorite Spicy Cajun Popcorn or making these Roasted Rosemary Cashews! While I can snack on raw or lightly salted nuts all day, these Roasted Rosemary Cashews are so easy to make, requiring only five ingredients, and totally make some simple salted cashews into a game day worthy snack everyone will love!
Are you looking forward to the big game? What snacks do you plan to have on hand? Please share in the comments below!
Helpful Tips and Information:
Party Planning Tip – Keep your big game football decor simple and generic so that you can use it year after year no matter what team is playing. I suggest using yellow, green, brown or black colors and adding in fun football props or decor like toy footballs, pom poms or megaphones, balloons, football confetti or using football themed paper plates, napkins and cups.
Money Saving Tip – I recommend using fresh rosemary in this recipe to achieve maximum flavor, however, you could use 2 teaspoons dried rosemary. And while you can buy fresh rosemary sprigs in the produce department of your local grocery store, purchasing a small rosemary plant is more economical, especially since they are super easy to maintain, even if you are like me and forget to water your plants!
- 2 (5-ounce) packages Emerald® Whole Cashews*
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl stir together cashews, melted butter, rosemary, maple syrup, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Spread cashews in an even layer on prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or cashews are golden brown and warmed through. Remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
*Since Emerald® Whole Cashews are already salted, you don't need to add salt to this recipe. If you were using raw nuts, then add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Emerald® Deluxe Mixed Nuts or Emerald® Peanuts, Almonds and Cashews can also be used.