Planning the Hockey Party Menu
If you intend to keep the entire party focused on a hockey theme, then you need to think “hockey arena concession stands” when planning your menu. Typical food sold at the hockey rink include nachos (with or without cheese,) soft pretzels, chicken tenders, pizza, chili, burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and so much more. Pick as many as you like, but remember to keep your menu manageable. If you have a lot of help, then the sky is the limit. If you are the only one prepping for this party (and you know, some of us do not have mothers that we can invite over simply because we know they’ll pitch in), then you need to keep the menu semi-simple.
Finger-food Appetizers for a Hockey Party
Chicken tenders or nuggets always seem to be sold at hockey rinks, so prepare some of Tyson’s yummy appetizers for your hockey event. Tyson makes it easy by selling both nuggets and wings with pre-made sauce packets that you simply pour over the meat once it is cooked. Flavor-wise you have Tyson’s Sweet and Sour chicken nuggets, General Tso’s chicken nuggets, Crispy Breaded wings with Citrus Fire Sauce, and General Tso’s chicken wings.
If you want to make meatballs, why not shape them into puck-like shapes? You can serve them with sturdy toothpicks; and if you are lucky, you might even find some shaped like hockey sticks! Set out small plates and napkins for an easy serving idea.
Swanson’s canned chicken is great for making yummy, cheesy quesadillas or adding to salads. Cut the quesadillas up for easy eating so your guests don’t have a rough go of it with drippy food. They’ll be licking their fingers anyway, but you want to avoid having them lick their shirts if you can. You can even make a spread with it and serve it on crackers.
If you are adept at cooking, use Hormel’s pre-sliced pepperoni, cheese, mushrooms, and whatever other ingredients you like to whip up some delicious, hearty Stromboli. This is a real popular feast, especially for the guys in the crowd.
Finger-food Snacks for a Hockey Party
Set up some of Hormel’s delicious pre-sliced pepperoni with sliced cheese and your favorite crackers for some finger munchies. A nice veggie tray is the perfect go-along for this snack idea.
Veggie Patch puts out a line of frozen veggie bites that are quite delicious. Think of them as a healthy alternative to potato chips and tortilla chips. You can choose from portabella mushrooms, corn, broccoli, artichoke and spinach. They are made with either mozzarella or cheddar cheese.
Of course, traditional hockey snacks include nachos and cheese, so be sure to put these out as your loyal hockey aficionados are going to be looking for them. Soft pretzels are great too. Make your own with raised dough if you have time the day before or you can cheat with store bought ones.
As an alternative, you can set out some Rudolph pork rinds. Personally, I would put these out once the crowd has had a chance to really get into the fun of the party. I think pork rinds are either an acquired taste or one that needs a certain something to go with them to make them palatable. These come in an original flavor as well as BBQ and Hot & Spicy. Rudolph recommends using one of their recipes: Taco Bean Dip, Peruvian Style Pork Rind Dip, or Chicharron Quesadillas.
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