Culinary Inspiration

Whether you’re watching the big game with your family or hosting a “home-gating” party with friends, you can’t root for your favorite team on an empty stomach! Instead of reaching for the usual football fare, try thinking outside the goalposts for your game day snacks.

The New Nachos

Nachos have always been a sports fan favorite. But step up your game from the standard chips and queso. These Mediterranean Walnut Nachos put a whole new spin on an old favorite. Instead of tortilla chips, these nachos start with a base of pita chips. From there, pile on the Mediterranean-inspired toppings like juicy grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, roasted bell pepper, and most importantly, California walnuts! Not only are these nachos delicious and satisfying, they are a game-time snack you can feel good about eating.

If you can’t leave the tortilla chips behind (we don’t blame you!), skip the store-bought salsa and try this California Walnut Salsa instead. This recipe features familiar salsa ingredients like tomatoes and onions, with the added crunch of chopped walnuts and a spicy kick from cumin and jalapeño. This is one dip that’s sure to score big with your guests.

Add Spiced Walnuts to the Mix

Does your game day snack prep usually consist of just opening a bag of pretzels? This season, take it one step further and put together a bowl of Spiced Walnut Trail Mix for the group. The secret to this mix is the spiced walnuts that add a little kick! Aromatic curry and bright chili powder combine with cumin to create the perfect spice blend for crunchy California walnuts. Sweeten things up with dried cranberries and apricots, and round out the flavor palate with salty popcorn and pretzels.

Rethink Ranch

Veggies and dip are a reliable snack, but swap ranch dressing for homemade Toasted Walnut Hummus. Its citrusy, nutty flavor is the perfect pairing for pita bread or raw veggies. Plus, you can make a big batch and store it in the fridge for an easily accessible snack to munch on throughout the week.

Forget Pizza

Pizza delivery is always a tempting option since it’s so “work-free” but on a busy game day, it can take a while to get to you, and might be cold by the time it does! Take the opportunity to add “pizza chef” to your list of accomplishments by creating a delicious and unique Walnut Falafel Flatbread. Made with red pepper walnut tahini, this easy-to-assemble appetizer is rich in flavors and low on stress. Store-bought tzatziki sauce cuts down on prep time and cider vinegar gives it just the right amount of pop for a winning combination. Crunchy California walnuts, toasted to golden perfection, add the wow factor.

Complement the savory style of the falafel flatbread with a sweeter Whole Wheat Honey Flatbread. California walnuts and local honey team up in this easy-to-prepare flatbread. Go Greek by topping each loaf with arugula, feta, and kalamata olives. Or make it Italian with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil leaves. Better yet, make both! That way there’s something for everyone.

No matter what you choose from our versatile collection of easy-to-prepare snacks, you know you’re going to be serving something unexpected and delicious. Add friends, your favorite fall shows or games, and you’ve created the perfect autumn experience.

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