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Game Day Appetizer 
Jan. 14, 2013 7:11 am 
Updated: Jan. 31, 2013 8:55 am

I can't think of a better excuse to invite friends and family over for some fun and food than game day. A stress free food day with the sounds of laughter, cheers and jeers.

Have you been thinking about gathering the sports fans around the TV for game day? Have you thought about what you are going to make this year? 

If you are looking for something different this just may be it.

With chicken ramen and Extra Sharp Cheddar

Cheesy Chicken Jalapeno Ramen Spread

This team of flavors is an easy to make appetizer that can be made ahead of time and served on your favorite game day. 

The team roster is quite simple beginning with Sargento shredded cheese as the star player followed by teammates of chicken, ramen noodles, jalapeno, mayonnaise,hot sauce and saltine or snack crackers. Just click on the above link for the recipe. I often substitute the beef ramen for the chicken ramen and the cheeses for each other. I prefer the beef for the added depth of flavor and Sargento's Reduced Fat Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican Blend for it's smooth play. You're the manager/coach; you can decide which players you want. Either way you will have a winning team. 


With beef ramen and Mexican Blend Cheese

When you want someone to smile at the camera you say cheese.

When you want someone to smile on game day you serve them cheese.

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Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Popa's Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of bd.weld. This blog was written in support of Sargento and their Sargento All Natural Cheese.

Jan. 14, 2013 7:36 am
Very nice! I love this spread. When you brought it to Las Vegas, do you remember whether you used chicken or beef flavored Ramen? I just could not stop eating it, so good!
Jan. 14, 2013 7:40 am
Well done bd! Great pics too!
Jan. 14, 2013 7:48 am
Baking Nana - I used beef at Vegas and normally use it. The oldest granddaughter likes the chicken.
Jan. 14, 2013 7:49 am
Cliff G - Thank you. Welcome home brother!
Jan. 14, 2013 8:38 am
Sounds and looks really good, bet my boys would love it. Sure is an amazing picture too! Every year our die-hard sports loving friend throws a big Super-bowl party, I look forward to it not because of the game as much as getting together with old friends, and of course all the food. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Jan. 14, 2013 8:44 am
You added cheese to your jailhouse dip! For any mayo-phobes out there, I use cream cheese instead, with positive results. I also use a 5 oz bottle of hot sauce - because I can't read - lol! I put the cream cheese, jalapeƱos, and hot sauce in the food processor before mixing it with the noodles and chicken. LOVE this! [well, love the version without the cheese - haven't tried this fancier version, yet (=]
Jan. 14, 2013 8:45 am
Oh! And I normally just serve it with tortilla chips...
Jan. 14, 2013 8:59 am
*Sherri* - Thank you. Love game days. Most food can be made ahead of time for a stress free day.
Jan. 14, 2013 9:02 am
gammaray (= - Tortilla chips are good with it too. When the "Brew Crew" in the neighborhood come over I use 4oz of jalapenos and 7oz of hot sauce. As you well know (lol) easily tweaked.
Jan. 14, 2013 9:07 am
bd weld-these look delicious!
Jan. 14, 2013 9:28 am
Lela - It's a fun recipe. I get a lot of "what's this" when I put it out.
Jan. 14, 2013 10:03 am
Yummy looking appys, bd.! Although being a Brown's fan has never been "stress free"! Maybe some day ;(
Jan. 14, 2013 10:10 am
looking good bd - I could easily see these making it into the Souper Bowl line-up.
Jan. 14, 2013 10:16 am
Saveur - lol. My Rams left L.A. so I guess I'll just stick with baseball and my Dodgers. No longer a favorite football team but these playoffs are awesome.
Jan. 14, 2013 10:32 am
Not just game day but any gathering would be perfect.
Jan. 14, 2013 10:39 am
Joey Joan - You're right, doesn't need to be game day for me to make this. My granddaughter always asks me to make this so she can take it home with her.
Jan. 14, 2013 11:45 am
Absolutely terrific blog Bd weld. Photos are beautiful too. I remember that dip when you brought it to my place and it is a real winner indeed!
Jan. 14, 2013 12:53 pm
mauigirl - Thank you. That's it with a cheese twist.
Jan. 14, 2013 1:09 pm
beautiful pics! Sounds really good. I like the sound of your "brew crew" version, too.
Jan. 14, 2013 1:14 pm
Mother Ann - Thanks. Yep, the "brew crew" likes it HOT.
Jan. 14, 2013 3:03 pm
Yum! Yum! Yum! Way to go, bd!
Jan. 14, 2013 3:54 pm
Marianne - Thank you.
Jan. 14, 2013 5:44 pm
i would certainly have to be brewed up before i touch those hot suckers!i'd cut the peppers in half and just a quick shake of green tobasco. but extra sharp cheese...yep, i'm all in! looks smoking good!
Jan. 14, 2013 6:35 pm
gderr - Definitely tweak-able, go for it!
Jan. 14, 2013 8:00 pm
Wow, ramen noodles. Who would ever guess? Looks perfect for a game day snack!
Jan. 15, 2013 1:20 am
Brian: I have often checked out your recommendations for your Jailhouse Dip. Every time I ponder the ingredients, my wimpy tastebuds and I quickly shy away. I seriously need to consider making it...with significantly less hot stuff. Nice blog!
Jan. 15, 2013 4:15 am
I'm not sure what you are talking about - me? Tweak? This recipe? HA! [hehehe (=]
Jan. 15, 2013 4:17 am
Oh, and one more tweaking comment (= I like it better with the jalapenos put through the food processor - I don't like biting into the larger pieces of pepper - though it does seem to spread the heat a bit (=
Jan. 15, 2013 5:53 am
Good job, BD! Photos look MAH-ve-lous!
Jan. 15, 2013 6:45 am
Valerie - Yep, ramen, always have ramen noodles on hand for the grands. They prefer chicken and I prefer beef for the spread. Thanks for stopping in.
Jan. 15, 2013 6:50 am
bikerfamily - Good to see you! Try it with some mild diced green chiles and a bit less of hot sauce. You might like it that way.
Jan. 15, 2013 6:52 am
gammaray - Tweak a recipe? I confess I do often. Does that make us "tweakers"?
Jan. 15, 2013 6:53 am
Great pics, bd. When I saw that first one, I thought "Well, of course! Everything's better when it sits on a Ritz!" LOL
Jan. 15, 2013 6:54 am
Bibi - Thank you. I struggle with plating on the first photo until I decided to just put them on a napkin. Congrats on your recent graduation!
Jan. 15, 2013 6:57 am
lucylove - LOL, good one. Thank you. Good to see you back. Hope all is well with you and yours.
Jan. 15, 2013 10:28 am
Good afternoon, bd! If you were to come to Cat's Midwest Roundup, you would be a couple hours away from where the Rams now play. Bring those great appies and maybe you can bribe your way into the stadium for a walk around! Oh, yeah! Bring them to the roundup, too!
Jan. 15, 2013 10:59 am
Nom nom!!! I love your "napkin" food styling the best!!!
Jan. 15, 2013 11:20 am
Mike - Wouldn't that be fun. I would love to go to Cat's Midwest Roundup along with gderr's Southern Roundup and Joey Joan's East Coast Roundup. Due to funds I seriously doubt it though. I might not even be able to see you do the hula on Maui. If things turn around though I'm in.
Jan. 15, 2013 11:23 am
1st Lady - Thank you! If I had only thought of just using the napkin first it would have been easy.
Jan. 15, 2013 4:00 pm
I just sent mauigirl an email saying we won't make the Maui Roundup. We don't want to use up money we may need for backup if the budget fails to be enough.
Jan. 15, 2013 4:06 pm
Mike - I know what you mean by "Backup". Same here.
Jan. 16, 2013 3:08 am
bd, we seriously need to start playing the lotto - winnings to go to making the AR roundup circuit!!!!
Jan. 16, 2013 5:05 am
gammaray - I do play it from time to time. Wouldn't that be fun to make all the roundups? We could even send money ahead for the food!
Jan. 16, 2013 6:29 am
You're not bringing the food?!
Jan. 16, 2013 6:29 am
. . . and, in regards to tweaking - SSSHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Don't tell!
Jan. 16, 2013 6:30 am
[the walls have ears - lol!]
Jan. 16, 2013 6:50 am
gammaray - I wouldn't mind bringing the food but I eat my food all the time. It's always fun to try someone elses.
Jan. 17, 2013 12:02 am
But we don't get to eat ypur food every day ;)
Jan. 17, 2013 12:02 am
Or your food (=
Jan. 17, 2013 5:54 am
gammaray - OK, a potluck it is.
Jan. 17, 2013 11:27 pm
That works =D
Jan. 18, 2013 1:32 pm
gammaray - Good, are you bringing the Peanut Butter Pie?
Jan. 21, 2013 1:05 am
Jan. 21, 2013 1:05 am
Or Apple Pie Dirty Diapers - LOLOLOL!!!
Jan. 21, 2013 1:06 am
[I'm always good for a dessert, or a half dozen (=]
Jan. 22, 2013 4:51 pm
This looks awesome, bd! Saved it and can't wait to try it! :)
Jan. 31, 2013 8:55 am
what a "cheesy" post. :) thanks for sharing - this looks like a game-day-appetizer-lover's new fave!
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