(Family Features) The sports world is about to seize spring once again. With baseball teams in spring training, cars firing up their engines and hoops teams working on their strategies for the tourney, sports-lovin' hosts are busy with their sports party plans.
Sports parties are fun and can be a breeze to pull off. The on-screen action provides the entertainment, you simply provide the venue and festive finger foods to munch. So pick the event date and invite your friends over for some rousing fun and good food.
If this is your first indoor tailgating party, evaluate your event-watching space. Be sure there's a place to sit - even if it's just a floor pillow - and a view of the screen for everyone. You may have more than one TV in the house, but team spirit runs highest when everyone is in the same room.
Some hosts like to make their parties an annual event. To keep food for such a party fresh and inviting, do what top caterers do - add a fabulous new food to the selection you've served in past years. Keep some old favorites like pizza and nachos, while adding in some new selections.
Consider serving up Jerk Pork Sandwiches from exotic Jamaica as a new addition. The recipe calls for lively jerk seasoning (a blend of ground chiles, black pepper, onions, garlic, thyme, cinnamon and ginger) added to shredded fully cooked pork roast. Jerk seasoning is available at many supermarkets.
Give your party tray an Italian flair by serving an olive, artichoke and sweet pepper antipasto alongside the meats and cheeses. It's a no-cook cinch!
Place the prepared party tray on the table, then toss together the bottled ingredients using the recipe found at hormel.com.
Pizza is a party favorite because the prep is so simple. Use a refrigerated crust, canned pizza sauce and your choice of turkey pepperoni or original pepperoni. It's so good, you'll want to have an extra crust on hand for a second batch. For warp-speed nachos, use canned chili and spike it with jalapeño peppers. Keep the pizza and nachos warm on an electric hot tray.
Be sure to stock plenty of your favorite beverages, cold and hot, as throats can get parched from the enthusiastic "commentary" reacting to the on-screen action.
Dessert can be a nod to the event locale: Georgia peanuts, Florida oranges, Hawaiian pineapples, Indiana sugar cream pie. Have fun with it. You can find the above and other great sports celebration recipes at hormel.com.