Paleo Football Food

Paleo Apple Crisp

Paleo Apple Crisp

Did I get you with the apple crisp? It’s just as delicious as it looks. Think it might be just the thing for Thanksgiving. And the next get together at the Quebs (my in-laws). The ultimate compliment (I think?) was Harris’s comment, “This isn’t paleo, is it?” Why, yes. Yes, it is! Too good to be true? Nope. Not at all.

But getting back to football. Most football (or movie watching) munchies are of the “no carb left behind” variety, and often do not make for a satisfying meal. An evening game cries out for supper snacking that satisfies. So here’s the line up:

Paleo Football Food

Paleo Football Food

We have meat for sustenance, vegetables for color and contrast and Louisiana and Italy for inspiration! Some raw vegetables with a dip is about all the more you could ask for. Starting with Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus spears, I ramped up my version by adding crunch and flavor with pesto-style ingredients: pine nuts, basil and garlic.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus - Pesto Style

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus – Pesto Style

Then I gave Scotch Eggs a run for the money by using South Louisiana favorites, andouille sausage and pickled quail eggs. The spice and vinegar in the eggs brighten the sausage, and the size is manageable. Most Scotch Eggs are as big as a cat’s head and covered with bread crumbs. But this is football food! We don’t need no stinkin’ bread crumbs!

Andouille Scotch Eggs

Andouille Scotch Eggs

Then we have the Pepperoni Pizza Bites gone paleo. No cheese need apply. None needed.

Paleo Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Paleo Pepperoni Pizza Bites

And finally dessert. If you don’t love this, invite me over and I’ll give your leftovers a good home.

Paleo Apple Crisp

Paleo Apple Crisp

So there you have it. But one more thing: all of these recipes can be prepared ahead and baked as needed. There’s only one oven temperature, so you don’t need to shuffle or calculate. You can serve one item at a time or a few of several. That way there’s not a lot of kitchen work during the show, and you can crank out fresh, hot goodies all night long. If the apple crisp is chilled before the final baking, it might require an extra few minutes to bake. You just have to taste and see if it’s done. Poor you!

I’ll spare you any football related music and go with a collection of eclectic tunes. Enjoy! And seriously. Let me know how you like the apple crisp.

Paleo Apple Crisp
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Paleo Apple Crisp with Maple Ice Cream
So good, they'll think it can't be paleo, apple crisp goes low in sugar, but high in flavor, and paired with coconut milk ice cream, it's a winner for sure.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 435 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened, and divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar divided
  • 4 medium red or yellow Delicious apples or other baking apple, peeled, cored and cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon divided
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
Maple Ice Cream
  • 1 15 oz.can coconut milk not "lite"
  • 1 5 oz. can coconut cream unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium saucepan, melt 2 tbsp butter and add 2 tbsp coconut sugar over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture is thick and bubbly. Add apples, 2 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until partially cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile butter a medium-sized baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, chopped pecans, remaining butter and remaining coconut sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix until crumbly. Place apples in baking dish. Dot almond flour mixture over the top of the apples. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with Maple Ice Cream if desired.
Maple Ice Cream
  1. In a two-quart pitcher, mix together all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Pour into ice cream maker. Prepare according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to lidded container and store in freezer until ready to use.
Nutrition Facts
Paleo Apple Crisp with Maple Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 435 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 232mg 10%
Potassium 240mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 34g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 6%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus - Pesto Style
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus—Pesto Style
Crispy prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears are dressed up pesto style with pine nuts, basil and a touch of garlic.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 68 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 bundle asparagus choose thick spears
  • 4 ounces prosciutto thinly sliced
  • 1/8 cup pine nuts chopped
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay a slice of prosciutto on an oiled baking sheet. Place an asparagus spear on top. Sprinkle with pine nuts, basil and garlic powder. Roll up. Sprinkle with additional pine nuts.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve
Nutrition Facts
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus—Pesto Style
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 765mg 32%
Potassium 271mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 2%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Andouille Scotch Eggs
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Andouille Scotch Eggs
Fresh andouille sausage and pickled quail eggs give Scotch eggs a whole new taste. Versatile and delicious, small hard-boiled eggs and any kind of fresh sausage provide many variations for a football snack that satisfies.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 369 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb fresh sausage andouille or other flavor, meat removed from casing
  • 8 pickled quail eggs or small hard-boiled eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using 1/8 of the sausage, pat a flat circle in the palm of your hand, thin enough to enclose 1 egg. Pinch the edges to close and roll gently in your hands to make a ball. Continue with remaining sausage and eggs.
  2. Roast for 35 minutes if using qual eggs. Larger eggs will require additional time. Check every five minutes or so until larger meatballs are fully cooked.
Recipe Notes
The proportions for this recipe are based on using quail eggs. Hard-boiled chicken eggs can be substituted and depending on the size will require additional amounts of sausage. I found some fresh andouille sausage which is uncooked and can be removed from the casings. Smoked andouille sausage is pre-cooked and cannot be used in this preparation.
Nutrition Facts
Andouille Scotch Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 808mg 34%
Potassium 302mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 0.1g 0%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 2%
Calcium 2%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Paleo Pepperoni Pizza Bites
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Paleo Pepperoni Pizza Bites
Spicy peppers, earth mushrooms, fresh tomato and a sprinkle of oregano top paleo pepperoni pizza bites.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 151 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 oz pepperoni about 2 1/2 inches in diameter (see note)
  • 4 medium tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 6 mushrooms sliced
  • 1 small green pepper any variety, sliced into small pieces
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • crushed red pepper optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place tomato slices on paper towels to remove excess moisture. In a small skillet over medium heat, cook the mushrooms and onions about 5 minutes.
  2. On a baking sheet, place pepperoni slices. Top with a tomato slice, some mushrooms and green peppers, and sprinkle with oregano and crushed red pepper flakes. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve.
Recipe Notes
Coin-sized pepperoni slices will not work well for this recipe, they're too small.
Nutrition Facts
Paleo Pepperoni Pizza Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 491mg 20%
Potassium 241mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 41%
Calcium 1%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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