It’s game day, and it’s your turn to feed the herd. What are you going to do? You don’t want to be the one meekly putting out a lame tub of runny, store-bought dip and hoping for the best. People remember that. And it’s not much of an improvement if nobody remembers your party because you served the same, predictable nachos and wings they can get everywhere else. You want your crowd to remember your party—just for all the right reasons.
You need to do something different. Stand out. Be bold. Bring the flavors your ravenous horde wants, but serve them up in new ways and with new pairings—and keep it simple and easy to eat. Whether you’re streaming an NFL game online or hitting your friends house for the game – here are 16 recipes to get you started. You’re welcome.
Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs
via Damn Delicious
via Cooking Channel / Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia
via Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt
Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars
via MyRecipes / Southern Living
Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
via Closet Cooking
Nacho Potato Skins
via Midwest Living
Creamy BLT Dip
via MyRecipes / Gooseberry Patch
via Closet Cooking
Bacon Cheeseburger Dumplings
via Cooking Channel / The Dump Truck
Pimiento Cheese Poppers
via Better Homes and Gardens
Bacon-Wrapped Avocado Fries
via Kirbie’s Cravings
Chicken Taco Pie
Pork Schnitzel Meatballs
via Serious Eats / Marvin Gapultos
Buffalo Chicken Dip
via Gooseberry Patch
Waffle Fried Cheese
Pepperoni Pizza Pull
via Midwest Living
Guacamole and Chips
Awesome Guacamole and Chips. You will never buy store bought guacamole after following these instructions! Fresh, scrumptious and awesome!
Barbecue Chicken Nachos
Give your nachos a really fun twist by topping with some shredded rotisserie chicken, scallions, barbecue sauce, and melted Cheddar. It is excellent!
Perfect Pigs in a Blanket
Use some frozen puff pastry to make these addictive crowd-pleasing snacks. They are really fantastic!
Creamy Dill Bacon Wrapped Potatoes
These savory treats are SO simple but oh-so-delicious. Best of all, they can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Yummy!
Barbecue Meatball Sliders
Drench the meatballs with barbecue sauce and top them with a quick coleslaw for a tasty game-day appetizer. So good!
Spinach Pepper Sausage Sliders
These bite-size slider sandwiches are a fun take on sausage with onions and peppers. Tweak to taste!
Mini Ranch Burgers
Ranch dressing gives little mini burgers an unexpected zesty kick. Fantastic!
Spinach and Carmelized Onion Dip
Radish, spinach and onion dip like NO other! The caramelized onions add a sweet richness to this awesome spinach dip. Crazy good!
Spiced Tortilla Crisps with Hummus
So much better than the usual chips and salsa, serve thesehomemade spiced tortilla chips with hummus for an added flair!
Spicy Crispy Black Bean Taquitos
Add some crispy tortillas filled with black beans and yummy melted Cheddar and it will disappear in a flash!
Pesto Sausage Pizza
Top some individual pizzas with store-bought (or homeade!) pesto, fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and Italian sausage for an upscale version of takeout.
Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
Awesome pizza covered with warm, creamy spinach-artichoke dip.
Potato and Bacon Pizzas
Thinly sliced potatoes, some bacon, and scrumptious Havarti cheese give this pizza pie a hearty, meaty twist. It is SO good!
Spiced Beef Empanadas With Lime Sour Cream
A slightly tart creamy dip balances out these handheld empanadas filled with a delicious mixture of ground beef, raisins, onion, and cinnamon. Wow, these are great!
The Best Chicken Nuggets Ever
Chicken nugget fans rejoice. This is the only way to eat chicken nuggets. Coat the chicken with coarsely ground pita chips and Parmesan to create unexpected textures and flavors.
Shredded Pork Tacos
These are fantastic shredded pork tacos. Cook the pork with oregano, cumin, garlic, cayenne, and onion to ensure the meat is extra delicious. The more cayenne, the better in my humble opinion.
Meaty Soft Tacos
Follow this one to a T. Liven up the ground beef with onion, garlic, parsley, and tomato paste. You will be very glad you did.
Not your Mamas Hot Pockets
Use pizza dough to form the “pocket” and stuff with mushrooms, potatoes, chicken sausage, spinach, and grated cheese. These are not the same as what your mama bought with the molten hot fillings that liquefied your mouth!
Turkey Sloppy Joes
Mix some browned ground turkey with salsa and serve on some warm biscuits for a fantastic spin on sloppy joes.
Fast and Cheesy Quesadillas
Fast and really simple, yet satisfying, warm cheese quesadillas can be made in the broiler to cut down on hands-on time. You have to try these!