Are you ready for some football?

Good, cuz I’m not.

To be honest, I know nothing about football. I only watch one game a year, and sadly, since Janet Jackson decided to flash a stadium full of people and several million all-age viewers via cable, I can’t even say it’s for the commercials. Come on – admit it! They have not been nearly as amusing as they used to be.

But on that one cold day at some point in 2012, I’ll be into football. I’ll pick a team based on a little knowledge of the players, who else is in the room, and the uniforms. Then, cheer them on for a few hours, in a room filled with friends, laughter and good eats.

Oh, the eats. The football season seems to be an awesome excuse to fill the counter tops with the cheesiest dips, the heartiest chili, the stickiest wings and everything in between. We won’t even begin to mention the tailgating. Yeah, I may not know a darned thing about the game – but I love me some football food!

Since today is the start of the football season, I figured we could get our nosh on in honor of the sport.

(Thank you to my Facebook friends for the tip on the date.)

Β One of the best football party appetizers you'll ever eat is this hoagie dip. All of your favorite hoagie fixings, built into a creamy dip! \\


FootballΒ Hoagie Dip

from Food Network Magazine October 2009


  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 pickled pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, halved and seeded
  • 1/4 lb deli-sliced genoa salami
  • 1/4 lb deli-sliced ham
  • 1/4 lb deli-sliced prosciutto (I substituted deli-sliced pepperoni)
  • 1/4 lb deli-sliced turkey
  • 1/4 lb deli-sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 teas dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teas dried basil
  • 1/2 teas red pepper flakes
  • 1 10-12″ round loaf of Italian bread
  • 8 hoagie rolls, cut into pieces for dipping*

One of the best football party appetizers you'll ever eat is this hoagie dip. All of your favorite hoagie fixings, built into a creamy dip! \\


Chop the onion, pepperoncini, lettuce and tomato into bite-size pieces. Dice the meats and cheese. Combine the chopped vegetables, meats and cheese in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, olive oil, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. Stir into the meat and vegetable mixture and combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Carve out the center of the bread loaf to make a bowl being careful not to cut through the bottom. Cut the scraps into bite-sized pieces, and the additional hoagie rolls into slices. Serve together and scoop out dip onto bread.


*Wont lie, there was no pretty way to scoop this dip. We made plenty of messes trying to delicately scoop – and then we just gave up and enjoyed it. πŸ˜‰

One of the best football party appetizers you'll ever eat is this hoagie dip. All of your favorite hoagie fixings, built into a creamy dip! \\


  1. So funny- I don’t watch OR even know the first thing about football, either. But every year, I lose Lloyd to it just about this time…

  2. My exercise show was just moved to another channel and replaced by an NFL network-football is here! I like the idea of a big salad for dipping as an appetizer, it may be messy but it is more healthy than
    most of the standard appetizers. Great post.

  3. Yes I am ready for some football! And I’m ready to try that delicious looking Hoagie Dip too!

    You’re right about the Superbowl advertisements. Not so funny anymore. A big waste of money!

  4. You don’t want to waste your time on American football anyway. Flip your TV over to the Fox Soccer Channel to watch real football! One that’s actually played with the feet.

    Don’t worry. We can still eat these hoagies during an Arsenal game πŸ™‚ Buzzed!

  5. Oh I love love football! My hubby and I could watch for hours. I do blog, and tweet during a game of course, LOL! Your dip sounds fun and messy, Yum-O! I totally agree, the commercials for the Super Bowl are definitely not as good as they used to be:-p Hugs, Terra

  6. Oh Kita this is amazing! I do like football, but the season is entirely too long for my attention span. And really the best part is the parties you can have and serve food like this!!

  7. Kita, I’m coming to your house for the next big game! This looks so great! I love all the meats! This is like an anitpasto dip! Love it!

  8. I definitely must try this one out….looks like great party food. A little tough to eat, but nothing like a challenge. πŸ˜‰

  9. Quite the tailgating recipe, I must say! I highlighted one of your recipes this week (b/c I needed some help!!:) ) Hope you don’t mind me giving you a “shout out”:

  10. Your photos look amazing! Who cares about the daintily eating factor lol

    And I’m the same way. I basically go to football parties, etc for the food and drink. The rest of the time I’ll chat with whoever else or read a book

  11. I don’t need an excuse like football to make that recipe – wow! Thanks for sharing…

  12. OK, I love, love, love football and feel as though I should tell you that this dip is freakin’ ridiculous. Bravo.

  13. Watching football right now and wishing I had some of this dip! Looks and sounds great!

  14. Oh, this is just delicious! I am so excited about football season! For a non-football watcher, you sure do have the food down pat! GREAT recipe!

  15. This sounds like an excellent dish for this Sunday’s game! A hoagie in a dip- what’s next, a cheesesteak dip?

    1. I rather like that idea πŸ˜‰

  16. I do like football, but my favorite part is definitely football food. Love this idea and I bet my husband and his friends would, too!

  17. I love football and was planning to make this very same dip this weekend! Thanks for the tip, I’ll make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand.

  18. Oh, my gosh, Kita!!! This has to be the best dip ever!!! Great, delicious recipe! Unfortunately, I know WAY too much about football but don’t watch too much myself. But the 4 other family members are glued to every game…and I hear ALL the details πŸ™‚

  19. interesting indeed, like a chopped up salad sandwich dip-a-ma-jig

    foodball food is fun cause its anything easy and messy and delicious my favorite things.


  20. Haha I love this idea!! I don’t quite understand the rule, but my husband is crazy about it. It would be a nice gesture making this for him. πŸ™‚

  21. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Lol! I don’t understand or get it either;) It’s all about the food to me too. This is my kinda of a sandwich…looks fabulous!:)

  22. Oh my word, my husband would go nuts for this– this looks fantastic. I’m bookmarking this to make soon!! This is perfect football watching food!

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