I may not care who’s playing in the big game but I do care about game day eats and so here are all sorts of game day recipes to serve up at your next get-together. There are sliders, bite-sized snacks, plenty of dips, and a few twists on some old favorites. All of them are crowd-pleasers and guaranteed to make your game day a delicious one.
Game Day Recipes
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BACON & GOAT CHEESE SLIDERS – Girl Gone Gourmet | Sometimes you might want a regular burger that’s regular sized with regular toppings, but sometimes you might crave something a little different. A burger that delivers on the same feel-good feelings that your regular burger choice stirs up, but without all the “regularness”. These cute sliders topped with goat cheese, bacon and arugula are the perfect way to switch things up for game day.
BACON-WRAPPED CHICKEN BITES – The Seasoned Mom | If you’re going to make little bites that need to be assembled these 3-ingredient chicken bites are a must-make. Store-bought BBQ sauce makes these delicious little snacks so easy to make you’ll want a double batch.
GARLIC KNOTS – Dinner at the Zoo | You could take out the mixer and whip up your own dough to make these buttery garlic knots or – and this is the good news – you can take advantage of a store-bought shortcut and make these garlic knots in less than 30 minutes. Pile them on a plate with marinara dipping sauce for the best experience.
FOUR CHEESE BAKED ARTICHOKE DIP – Peas and Crayons | And what get-together is complete without a bubbling hot artichoke dip? Some veggies balanced out with creamy cheese with plenty of crackers to scoop it all up is my idea of a very happy appetizer experience.
BACON APPLE LETTUCE WRAPS – Midlife Croissant | These lettuce wraps solve all sorts of game-day readiness problems – first, they only have five ingredients (one of which is bacon!), they only take fifteen minutes to make start to finish and (!) they serve a crowd, as in a crowd of fifteen people. Plus, they’re a little lighter than your normal game-day fare and full of fresh flavors.
CRISPY BAKED BUFFALO WINGS – Pinch and Swirl | For some a game day without wings is like a day without sunshine so if you happen to have one of those types at your football fete these bake-them-in-the-oven-crispy wings (yes, crispy! Click through for the secret ingredient) coated in a simple 3-ingredient buffalo sauce are sure to please all the wing-lovers at your get-together.
GARLIC PARMESAN FRIES – Girl Gone Gourmet | These garlic parmesan fries are so simple there’s barely a recipe for them thanks to store-bought french fries. Because no one wants to fry their own hand-cut french fries on game day, right? This simple recipe gets you a sheet pan full of fries that taste like the ones you might order in a restaurant.
BACON AND BOURBON BLUE CHEESE POTATO SKINS – Three Olives Branch | These potato skins make for a tempting centerpiece for a game-day spread of tasty bites and while they have a few different components most of the steps can be done ahead of time so there’s only about 20 minutes worth of work the day you want to serve them. Crispy potato skins topped with bacon and a decadent blue cheese sauce? Yep, totally worth the effort.
HOT ROAST BEEF SANDWICHES WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE – Girl Gone Gourmet | Hot roast beef piled on sesame seed buns with a creamy 3-ingredient cheese sauce that you make in the microwave. The sauce stays creamy and smooth, even at room temperature, and did I mention you make it in the microwave? Simplest thing ever and oh so good.
EASY BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS – Cooking on the Front Burner | I love how you make these sliders! Buy a package of Hawaiian rolls – they’re packed as one big bunch (not individual rolls) so all you have to do is slice them all at once, toast, and top with the buffalo chicken filling. Then just top them off with the other roll piece – from there you just bake, slice, and serve.
BACON JALAPENO POPPER DIP – Sugar Spun Run | There are jalapeno poppers that you have to prep, stuff, bread and bake or there’s this jalapeno popper dip that has everything you love about the classic without all the fussy prep work. But be aware – this is one indulgent and rich dip!
EASY BEER CHEESE – Beer Girl Cooks | Beer cheese is one of those things that shows up on the table at get-togethers but I never thought that you can totally make it yourself instead of buying it at the store. I figured there was some complicated and mysterious process that made it too difficult to make from scratch – I mean how does the beer get into the cheese?? Well, Rachelle shows you how to make that happen with just five simple ingredients.
CHEESY MEATBALL SLIDERS – Tasty Ever After | Another great slider recipe! Just like the buffalo chicken ones, you use a package of rolls but instead of slicing them you cut out holes that you fill with meatballs, marinara sauce and top with plenty of cheese. So not only are they delicious, but so easy to eat without making a mess.
ONION DIP WITH SLOW COOKER CARAMELIZED ONIONS – Girl Gone Gourmet | For a long time I thought onion dip was one of those things that required a lot of standing around at the stove caramelizing onions. And while I’m not opposed to the old-fashioned way of making soft and sweet onions I discovered a while back that a slow cooker makes easy work of this necessary step. With some advanced planning, the slow cooker does most of the work so all you have to do the day of is stir and serve. So easy.
BUFFALO CHICKEN FAJITA PIZZA RING – Isabel Eats | Why serve fajitas in tortillas when you can wrap all those delicious ingredients in some dough and bake it up? It’s definitely easier to serve and eat and a fun twist on a classic.
TROPICAL CHICKEN NACHOS – Salt and Lavender | A tropical twist on nachos! There’s a lot of familiar ingredients here like cilantro, avocado, lime, sour cream, and plenty of chicken but dressed up island-style with pineapple and plenty of jerk seasoning. Looks delicious!
ROASTED RED PEPPER & BASIL PINWHEELS – Girl Gone Gourmet | It doesn’t get any easier than these pinwheels. I like to use whipped cream cheese because I don’t have to wait for it to soften (spreadable straight from the package <— yes!) and the only work is chopping up some jarred roasted red peppers and fresh basil.
MINI SALMON CAKES WITH SRIRACHA LEMON AIOLI – Taste and See | These bite-sized salmon cakes with a sriracha lemon dipping sauce look like they’ll disappear fast so maybe make a double batch? Sounds good to me.