Instead of marrying a husband, sometimes I feel like I married sports. Growing up, I wasn’t much for teams. I got bored with softball. I traded basketball for skiing. If we’re telling the truth, I was an abysmal swimmer and an even worse tennis player. During high school, I boycotted varsity events. Only now do I realize what a ridiculous boycott that was. Why didn’t anyone tell me to focus my energies on a better ban? Like pesticides or animal cruelty or something.
So of all people of course I find myself married to Sports Incarnate. We’re talking voracious consumption of sports media. Obsessive watching of football, hockey, basketball, golf, baseball and premier league soccer. Even poker and the freaking Little League World Series are points of interest. I wasn’t sure what do until I discovered that sports-watching is synonymous with SNACKS. And man, do I love snacks.
Since getting married to SI, I’ve come a long way. I’ve learned to appreciate the pageantry of big events like football Sunday. I’ve even developed crushes on a few charismatic players (that’s you, Peyton Manning!). Since we’re being honest, I’ll admit I sort of love the whole thing.
But mostly it’s the snacks. When Pillsbury blogger Shawn Syphus came up with Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Pizza Sticks, I knew I had to make them ASAP. In our house, it’s important for game-day snacks to fit two criteria: Are they delicious? Can they be made in a chaotic kitchen amid a halftime break? Check and check.
These pizza sticks come together quickly with ingredients that you probably have on hand: pizza crust, ranch dressing, cheddar and Jack cheeses, bacon and green onions. Improvise as you wish. The prep for these is neat enough that you won’t go insane if you find yourself battling toys or other clutter on your counter.
I baked the crust for about 5 minutes before adding the toppings because I like a crisper crust. The scent of these bad boys coming out of the oven was enough – get this – to rouse SI himself from the couch and into the kitchen for a sample. I can tell you these will be going in our permanent game-day rotation.