Game Day Appetizers

Fiesta Dinnerware Game Day Appetizers www.alwaysfestive.com

The Big Game is right around the corner, so it’s time to break out the jerseys and your best appetizer recipes! Who doesn’t love football’s biggest showdown for one reason or another? Watching the two best teams of the season battle for the ultimate title, the entertaining commercials and of course the food! We’ve gathered some tailgate-worthy recipes and fun party décor ideas that are sure to impress your guests.

Fiesta Dinnerware has so many colors to choose from (15 in all), which make it really easy to show your team spirit! But maybe your team isn’t battling it out for number one this year, or maybe like us, you choose to remain neutral. No problem! For this blog post, we decided to go with Shamrock, Slate and White.

Fiesta Dinnerware Game Day Appetizers on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com

Game Day Décor
You don’t have to go over the top on decorations for a football party. We kept it simple for our table, with a focus on the food. We incorporated black and white stripes here and there with some fun paper, banners and whimsical straws to represent the look of a referee uniform. All things chalk board are “in” right now, so how could we pass up the opportunity to recreate that classic look of a game play scrawled out on a tabletop chalkboard? We incorporated some turf on our table to represent the football field, along with some tiny footballs and these great farm stand boxes to hold our delicious popcorn. To make the boxes a little prettier, we tied raffia around them and added some football-themed stickers. We found game-day toothpicks to give our appetizers a look of team spirit, as well.

Get game day ready with delicious appetizers and simple festive decor ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware. Maple Bacon Jalepeno Popper Recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com

Maple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers
Most people make jalapeño poppers with some sort of cream cheese variation. We have a delicious new take on this recipe. Instead of cream cheese, we filled the jalapeños with a combination of maple syrup and Swiss cheese and wrapped it all in bacon. It may sound strange to add maple syrup to jalapeño poppers, but trust us, it is delicious! The addition of the maple syrup helps to balance out the heat of the peppers and works so well with the bacon. If you’ve ever tried candied bacon, you know how well maple syrup and bacon work together!

Maple Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
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Ingredients
  1. Jalapeno peppers
  2. Maple syrup
  3. Swiss cheese
  4. Bacon
  5. Toothpicks
  6. Aluminum foil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Cut the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
  4. Pour a little bit of maple syrup in each jalapeno.
  5. Place a piece of Swiss cheese in each jalapeno.
  6. Wrap the jalapeno in bacon; Try not to overlap the bacon too much or it may not cook all the way through; Secure the bacon with a toothpick.
  7. Cover the jalapenos with aluminum foil and let cook for 20 minutes.
  8. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is cooked.
Notes
  1. Tip: Try to avoid too much excess maple syrup on the foil at the bottom of the pan to avoid charring.
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Get game day ready with delicious appetizers and simple festive decor ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware. Spicy Caramel Popcorn Recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com

 

 

Spicy Caramel Popcorn
The idea for this snack is from A Cozy Kitchen’s Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn recipe. We decided not to overdo the bacon since we already used that in the jalapeño poppers, so we eliminated that ingredient. Even without the bacon, this popcorn has a deliciously addictive flavor. But if you’re a bacon enthusiast, by all means, go ahead and include it! (You’ll notice we made a big batch in one of our Baking Bowls. We suggest you do the same!)

Get game day ready with delicious appetizers and simple festive decor ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware. Greek Salad Skewers on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com

Greek Salad Skewers
Instead of making a full salad, we decided to make something that would be easy for guests to snack on while watching the game. We put together these fun Greek Salad Skewers with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, Greek olives, and Greek dressing. These salad skewers are so easy to make and you can even do different variations like pasta salad skewers or wedge salad skewers.

Get game day ready with delicious appetizers and simple festive decor ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware. Sparkling Minted Limeade Recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com

Sparkling Minted Limeade
For the drinks, we went light and refreshing to balance out some of that heat from the jalapeños and the spicy popcorn. Sparkling Minted Limeade can easily be transformed into a mojito with a little white rum, if you prefer. We love this drink because it is not overly sweet and has such a fresh flavor.

Sparkling Minted Limeade
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Ingredients
  1. Limes
  2. Fresh Mint
  3. Sparkling Water
  4. Sugar
  5. Ice
  6. White Run (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare a glass with sugared rim.
  2. Juice one large lime (if the limes are dry, you may need two).
  3. Crush some mint to release the mint flavor; let site in the lime juice and 1/4 cup sparkling water for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Strain the mint.
  5. Add 1 Tablespoon of sugar.
  6. Fill glass with ice.
  7. Pour in lime/mint juice, sparkling water and sugar mixture.
  8. Add a shot of white rum for a Mojito (optional).
  9. Fill up the rest of the glass with sparkling water.
  10. Add more sugar to taste if needed.
  11. Add a fresh sprig of mint for decoration (optional).
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Have a safe and happy Game Day Sunday with your friends and loved ones! If you try any of these recipes at your party, we’d love to hear what you think of them.

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Indoor Tent Sale Extension

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A little snow won’t keep us down! We’re extending our Fiesta Dinnerware Indoor Tent Sales through Wed. 2/3. Hope to see you there! 

Factory Retail Outlet 

800 Fiesta Drive

Newell, WV 26050

9am-6pm daily

Everything Fiesta in the Flatwoods Factory Outlet Stores

52 Skidmore Lane

Sutton, WV 26601

Mon-Thurs: 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 12-6pm

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Pear Persimmon Galette Recipe

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we’re in the thick of winter, all we want to do is snuggle up with a warm pastry and a hot cup of tea until we bring out our flip flops again. For this week’s blog post, we did our best to beat the winter doldrums with some vibrant warm Fiesta hues and yummy seasonal fruits. We made a rustic Pear Persimmon Galette and shared it with our friends on a palette of Scarlet, Poppy, Sunflower, and Tangerine Fiesta. 

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiesta tip: By the way, did you know all Fiesta Dinnerware is oven proof up to 350 degrees and bakeware, like the Poppy Pizza/Baking Tray featured here, is safe up to 500 degrees? 

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pear Persimmon Galette
Serves 8
A delicious rustic seasonal winter pastry, perfect for entertaining or a special treat for your family.
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For the crust
  1. 1 1/3 all purpose cups flour
  2. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon whole milk
  6. 1 stick unsalted butter, cut in small chunks
  7. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  8. 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
Fruit mixture
  1. 2 pears (we used Bosc), peeled and diced
  2. 4 persimmons, peeled and diced
  3. 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  4. 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 egg yolk (mixed with 1 teaspoon water, as egg wash)
  8. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  9. Parchment paper
For the crust
  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Add the butter to the flour mixture and pulse until you have pea-sized chunks of butter. Continue to pulse while drizzling egg mixture until the dough just starts to come together. Mix in lemon juice and zest.
  2. Place dough on a floured surface and flatten into a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for two hours.
Prepare filling
  1. In a bowl, mix pears, persimmons, lemon juice, brown sugar, corn starch, and ground cinnamon. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes.
Assemble galette
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet or a Fiesta Dinnerware Pizza/Pie Baker, like we used.
  2. Remove dough from refrigerator. Place on a floured surface and roll to a 12 inch round. Place the dough on the prepared parchment paper. Place fruit mixture in the center leaving a generous 2 inch border. Fold the pastry over the fruit, pleating it as you go around. Remember, this is a rustic dessert, so it doesn't have to be perfect.
  3. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Adapted from SippitySup
Adapted from SippitySup
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

Fiesta tip: Like the linens you see featured here? They’re all Fiesta! You’ll find some dish towels, oven mitts, placemats, and tablecloths here. That Fiesta apron’s pretty cute too, right? Find it at Dillard’s or Bealls

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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2016 Tent Sale Dates

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Get your planners out, because you won’t want to miss these events! Below are the dates for our 2016 outdoor Tent Sales:

March 31st – April 2nd @ Everything Fiesta – Flatwoods, WV

June 16th – 19th @ Factory Retail Outlet – Newell, WV

August 4th – 6th @ Everything Fiesta – Flatwoods, WV

September 14th – 18th @ Columbus Fairgrounds – Columbus, OH

October 6th – 9th @ Factory Retail Outlet – Newell, WV

We hope to see you there!

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