With football season in full swing, heartier snacks seem to be the order of business. But store-bought snacks can blow the budget and mystery ingredients can blow a healthy diet. What’s a football fan to do? Make your own sweet and savory snacks with today’s fun recipes.
Peanut Butter Quesadillas
- Two 10-inch flour tortillas
- Two tablespoons of peanut butter
- Spread one 10-inch flour tortilla with two tablespoons of peanut butter.
- Top with a second tortilla.
- In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, place quesadilla in skillet and heat two minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
- Cut into wedges, and dip in jelly to serve.
Variation: Place slices of banana on top of the peanut butter before topping with the second tortilla. Proceed as above, omitting the jelly dip.
Maple Fruit Dip
- 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
- 4 teaspoons reduced-calorie maple pancake syrup
- 1 dash ground cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Cover and refrigerate until use.
- Serve with fruit.
Yield: 1 cup.
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 (1 ounce) package dry Ranch-style dressing mix
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 15-ounce package mini pretzels
- In a small bowl mix together cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, garlic salt, ranch-style dressing mix and vegetable oil.
- Place pretzels in a large, sealable plastic bag.
- Pour in mixture from bowl. Shake well.
- Allow pretzels to marinate in the mixture approximately two hours before serving.
- Shake occasionally to maintain coating
Yield: 10 servings
- One pound of very lean beef—a cheap cut like chuck, round or London broil.
- Jerky marinade (recipe follows)
- Start by trimming all visible fat from one pound of very lean beef—a cheap cut like chuck, round or London broil.
- Place in the freezer until firm and solid, but not rock hard.
- Using a sharp knife cut across the grain making sure the slices are as thin as you can possibly make them—about 1/8-inch thick.
- Place strips in a large plastic zip-type plastic bag or a large baking dish.
- Prepare one of the marinades below and pour the liquid over the strips.
- Close the bag tightly or cover the dish with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate overnight or for at least eight hours. Knead the bag occasionally to distribute the marinade evenly, or turn the meat strips if you are using a dish.
- Preheat oven to 140 F.
- Remove meat from the marinade and place the strips on a cake rack over a cookie sheet in the oven. Make sure they are not touching so that air circulates around each strip.
- Dry in the closed oven until strips begin to splinter on the edges, from 18 to 24 hours or longer as necessary. Or, if you have a dehydrator, follow the manufacturer instructions.
- Cool completely before wrapping lightly with plastic wrap.
Jerky will keep in a tightly covered container for two to four weeks.
Traditional Beef Jerky Marinade
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/4 teaspoon dried onion flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Mix all ingredients.
- Pour over meat strips to marinate.
- Proceed as above.
Sweet, Hot and Spicy Beef Jerky Marinade
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 4 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)
- In a small bowl or cup, mix together the onion powder, garlic powder, and some cracked black pepper.
- Season the meat lightly, using only part of the mixture. Reserve the remaining spices.
- Place the seasoned meat into an airtight plastic container or bowl, and refrigerate.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together the brown sugar, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, liquid smoke flavoring and pineapple juice.
- Heat until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.
- Pour over the meat and proceed as above.
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