12 Football-Shaped Foods for Your Super Bowl Party

Traditions have grown up around the annual Super Bowl football game, such as the halftime show scandal, the ad critiques, and of course, the food. The game itself begins in the evening, after hours of pre-game discussion, and parties often go all day long. News stories about a chicken wing shortage just before Super Bowl Sunday have some party hosts nervous. The supply is only 1% short of what was consumed last year, so there will be wings, although they will cost more. But chicken wings aren't the only staple of Super Bowl parties -there's always chili, hot dogs, pizza, nachos, and, of course, the other parts of those chickens. The only critical things to remember about Super Bowl party food are to make sure its delicious, and make sure there is plenty of it. On the other hand, this weekend is an opportunity to have fun and show off your artistic side -which is why there are so many recipes for snacks shaped like footballs that you can add to the menu.    

1. Football Zucchini Fritters

A Turkish recipe called Mücver contains zucchini, potatoes, carrot, and onion, so it will fill any requirements for vegetables on Super Bowl Sunday. Beth at Hungry Happenings turned the fried fritters into footballs! They can be made ahead of time and warmed before serving, then the football laces are added by piping Greek yogurt on top.  

2. Football Pepperoni Pizza

This pepperoni pizza made by Angie McGowan at The Family Kitchen is appropriately decorated with a football of pepperoni slices and laces of Swiss cheese. You can make your own homemade pizza with her recipe, or recreate the look with a frozen pizza by rearranging the toppings -before you bake it, of course.  

3. Football Salami

A football-shaped salami is beyond the capabilities of most kitchens. This salami is sold by Norm Thompson. It's too late to get one for this year (they're sold out), but you can save the idea and order yours early for next year.  

4. Football Deviled Eggs

These spicy sweet deviled eggs look like footballs when you add laces made of chives. Better make a lot of them!

5. Football Bites

Ali Ebright at Gimme Some Oven has a simple clever method for cutting salami slices and cheese into perfect football shapes for these hors d'oeuvres. You can layer them on any crackers, but my favorite (Town House) is already somewhat football-shaped. The laces that add the finishing touch are made with ranch dressing piped from a ziplock bag.  

6. Peanut Butter Football Dip

I never thought of peanut butter and chocolate as a dip -but with pretzels, it works! Dorothy at Crazy for Crust made a football shape with peanut butter and chocolate chips, then covered the whole thing in chocolate sprinkles. "Just cover it in something that makes it look like a football." I would guess the laces are bit of icing. Serve with plenty of pretzels.

7. Nutella Brownie Footballs

Also from Dorothy Kern, these brownies are stacked from a layer of peanut butter cookie crust with Nutella brownies on top! A cookie cutter makes them into footballs, with a touch of icing for the laces. Attached to the recipe at Crazy for Crust is a link to a recipe for iced football cookies.

8. Football Cake Pops

Made by Jamie at Love + Butter, the cake pops are made of chocolate cake crumbs and frosting shaped into footballs, then glued onto sticks with melted chocolate -which also coats them! The instructions appear to make a lot of them, which you will need. No one will stop at just one!  

9. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs

Jackie at Domestic Fits lives in California, where strawberries are always in season. She shows us how to dip strawberries in chocolate and decorate with white chocolate to make tasty little fruit footballs.

10. Football Cupcake Eggs

It looks like a football, but it's an egg. But it's not an egg, it's just an eggshell (although one that resembles a football) that has chocolate cake inside. Got it? Pull off this project, and the response at your Super Bowl party will surely be, "Oh, you went to a lot of trouble for these, didn't you?" Yes, indeed. Get complete directions to make your own at The Cupcake Project.

11. Football Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies go by different names and slightly different recipes depending on where you are. Basically, it's two soft cookies sandwiched with cream in the middle -like Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies. Laura at Make Merry used a pumpkin cake recipe, slightly altered, to make her footballs. The creme in the middle is made of sugar, butter, marshmallow creme, and maple extract. The laces are piped icing. So are these cookies, cakes, or pies? Does it really matter?

12. Football Barbecue Cupcakes

The cupcake is a work of art. Susan S at Diamonds for Dessert created it as an entry in a "Manly Cupcakes" contest in 2010. How manly is it? Beside the decorations of a football and barbecue grill (aflame!), one of the ingredients is beer. Once you put the flame out, all the decorations are edible. The entire recipe and directions are posted in case you want to try it yourself. Good luck!

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College Board Wants to Erase Thousands of Years From AP World History, and Teachers Aren't Happy
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One would be forgiven for thinking that the Ides of March are upon us, because Julius Caesar is being taken out once again—this time from the Advanced Placement World History exam. The College Board in charge of the AP program is planning to remove the Roman leader, and every other historical figure who lived and died prior to 1450, from high school students’ tests, The New York Times reports.

The nonprofit board recently announced that it would revise the test, beginning in 2019, to make it more manageable for teachers and students alike. The current exam covers over 10,000 years of world history, and according to the board, “no other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year.”

As an alternative, the board suggested that schools offer two separate year-long courses to cover the entirety of world history, including a Pre-AP World History and Geography class focusing on the Ancient Period (before 600 BCE) up through the Postclassical Period (ending around 1450). However, as Politico points out, a pre-course for which the College Board would charge a fee "isn’t likely to be picked up by cash-strapped public schools," and high school students wouldn't be as inclined to take the pre-AP course since there would be no exam or college credit for it.

Many teachers and historians are pushing back against the proposed changes and asking the board to leave the course untouched. Much of the controversy surrounds the 1450 start date and the fact that no pre-colonial history would be tested.

“They couldn’t have picked a more Eurocentric date,” Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, who previously helped develop AP History exams and courses, told The New York Times. “If you start in 1450, the first thing you’ll talk about in terms of Africa is the slave trade. The first thing you’ll talk about in terms of the Americas is people dying from smallpox and other things. It’s not a start date that encourages looking at the agency and creativity of people outside Europe.”

A group of teachers who attended an AP open forum in Salt Lake City also protested the changes. One Michigan educator, Tyler George, told Politico, “Students need to understand that there was a beautiful, vast, and engaging world before Europeans ‘discovered’ it.”

The board is now reportedly reconsidering its decision and may push the start date of the course back some several hundred years. Their decision will be announced in July.

[h/t The New York Times]

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