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When you think of football, what food comes to mind? If you said PIZZA, you would have read my mind! Pizza and football go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly- so this Big Game, whether you are celebrating with a few friends or having a huge party, having an ooey-gooey pizza for your guests is a must. Pizza in itself is a pretty perfect dish, but I dare to say I have made it even better by pairing it with my delicious mini blue cheese wedge salads.
Pizza and salad is a timeless combo, pairing a traditionally heavier dish with something light and fresh. The flavor combinations are endless and you really can’t go wrong. Whatever you do choose to serve, party prep can be stressful, so this time, why not save yourself some time and energy and make your guests a delicious and so easy to produce meal that they will love and gets you OUT of the kitchen and INTO the party?
One of our favorite pizzas to make are Red Baron Classic Crust Pepperoni or Cheese Pizzas. They cook up in just a few minutes with zero prep and amazing! You can serve up a delicious meal for your guests without spending all day in the kitchen. They are easy, convenient and have such a variety of flavors, you are sure to find something for everyone at your party. Red Baron pizzas cook up perfect every time and are full of melty, yummy cheese surrounded by a crunchy, delicious crust- and they pair wonderfully with my mini blue cheese wedge salads!
Don’t let the size of these salads fool you, they are packed with BIG flavor- and to make them, it couldn’t be easier. While you can certainly mix up the ingredients you use, here are the ones I picked:
mini wedge of iceberg lettuce
crumbled blue cheese
Any ranch will do since it’s the balsamic drizzle and blue cheese combo that takes this salad to the next level. To make the drizzle, you combine balsamic dressing, honey and some salt and reduce it to make a yummy and sweet dressing that really makes your salad pop! These salads are so amazing and pair beautifully with the spicy pepperoni on the Red Baron Classic Crust Pizza.
I grabbed everything I needed for my perfect football party at my local Target. They have a great selection of fresh ingredients and always have what I need on sale, especially when I pair that sale with the additional discounts on the Cartwheel app! While you are shopping, don’t forget to grab something sweet for your guests. Keeping with the “simple” theme, I like to snag a yummy frozen Edwards Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Pie. Just thaw and serve this dessert and your guests with have the perfect meal to munch on while they cheer for their favorite team!
- iceberg lettuce
- chopped tomatoes
- diced red onion
- crumbled blue cheese
- ranch dressing
- balsamic drizzle:
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Fry up your bacon and let cool, chop into small pieces.
- To make the balsamic drizzle, combine the three ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 5-8 minutes while it reduces. Once reduced, let cool before serving.
- Cut your iceberg lettuce into mini wedges. Layer with chopped tomatoes, diced onions, blue cheese and chopped bacon. Add your ranch and drizzle with some balsamic dressing. Serve right away.
So when you are creating your guest list and crafting your meal plan for the Big Game, remember to keep it simple and spend more time watching and less time cooking! By choosing a Red Baron Classic Crust Pizza and pairing it with a yummy and fresh mini blue cheese wedge salad, your guests will be thrilled with the choices and you’ll be thrilled with how much time you saved!