As you can imagine, football is a pretty big deal in the land of the Packers and the Badgers. So is game-time snacking. The issue a lot of families run into is this — how can you provide some balance at the game-time snack table? Sneak in some tasty, healthy snack alternatives. Oh, and let’s not forget, easy-to-make alternatives.
Let’s consider the potato. On the food preparation side, it’s very versatile — you can prepare it in just about any manner: in the microwave, on the grill, boiled, steamed, stewed, roasted, fried. And there are oodles of Wisconsin potato varieties: red, white, blue, purple, yellow, Russet and fingerling.
From a health standpoint, potatoes are a fabulous snack option:
- They’re the most affordable source of potassium of any vegetable or fruit. The average potato provides 614 mg of potassium.
- They provide 45% of your daily vitamin C needs.
- They offer 37 grams of carbohydrates, providing you with the energy you need to get through game day.
- Potatoes are rich in fiber.
- Potatoes are gluten, sodium, fat, and cholesterol free.
- The average medium potato has just 110 calories.
So here are a few recipes to try out for your next big game day. The recipes are easy-to-make, they’re unique and they utilize a variety of Wisconsin potatoes.
- Potato Skins with Skordalia — If you’ve never had Skordalia (Greek Garlic Potato Dipping Sauce), now’s the time to start.
- Southwest Potato Salsa Strudel — This Southwestern potato strudel is not only creative, it’s a sure hit at your next game day party. Puff pastry filled with potatoes, tomatoes, tomatillos, onions and pepper jack cheese.
- Tiger Touchdown Buffalo Bleu Cheese Grilled Potatoes. Snack on delicious Wisconsin fingerlings flavored with Bleu cheese and Buffalo sauce.
- Touchdown Thai Spiced Grilled Potato Wedges with Cilantro-Lime Dipping Sauce. This recipe has everything — the warmth of Thai spices coupled with a cool and refreshing dipping sauce.
- Baked Oven Fries — It doesn’t get any easier than this. Simple and delicious.
- Stuffed Potato Appetizers — A mix of cheeses, a few bits of bacon and some green onions make fantastic Yukon Gold potato snacks.
- Purple Potatoes with Cashew Cream — It may sound “fancy” or complicated, but this recipe is not. And it’s a nice change from the standard snacks offered at sports parties.
- Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes. Fans of red potatoes will appreciate the simplicity of this recipe — a recipe that makes it look like you spent a lot more time in the kitchen than you actually did.
- Herbed Golden Potato Latkes — Irresistible snack that even makes a great breakfast dish, flavored with rosemary, chives and parsley.
- Fingerling Potatoes with Avocado and Smoked Salmon — Won’t this be a pleasant surprise? Creamy avocado atop dill-roasted potatoes, complemented by thinly sliced smoked salmon.