Championship football and good food are great teammates. And they should definitely be enjoyed together. These are the Top 12 Football Party Food Recipes to enjoy while watching your Big Game.
- Easy Chips & Dip
This combo is super easy to prepare and a must have to kick off the party. Just open a few bags of your favorite salty, crunchy treats and place on the table. Serve with bowls of French onion and bean dip or pair it with some spicy salsa—it’s sure to be a fan favorite.
- Tasty Chicken Wings
Be sure to include a tray of these tasty treats in your starting lineup. You can avoid game-day injuries by benching the deep fryer and baking your drumsticks in the oven. Begin by marinating the wings for 20-30 minutes in your favorite sauces (the hotter the better). Place the chicken wings in a non-stick baking dish and broil them for 10-12 minutes. Flip them and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove and toss with any remaining hot sauce and serve with bleu cheese or ranching dressing.
- Simple Antipasto Tray
Score big points with an MVP lineup of ingredients sure to satisfy the professional snacker. All you need to get started is a great big plate. Fill it up with marinated vegetables like tomatoes, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, garlic gloves and big juicy olives. Add to that a selection of cheeses like fresh mozzarella, provolone and Havarti. Layer that with generous slices of salami, prosciutto and ham and throw in a handful of mixed nuts right in the center. There’s no penalty for substituting ingredients—only if you run out.
- Mini Pigs in a Blanket
When watching two gridiron greats toss around and run with the pigskin, it’s nice to enjoy flavorful treats that don’t require a big playbook to cook up. Simply wrap a few mini-hotdogs with cheese slices and crescent squares then place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 -15 minutes and dig in. Put out a side of BBQ-sauce for dipping and make these warm little piggies out-of-bounds delights.
- Savory Stuffed Mushrooms
To make a play with these you’ll need 28 white mushrooms stemmed, 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil, ½ cup of bread crumbs, ½ cup of grated Romano cheese, 2 garlic cloves minced, fresh parsley and salt/pepper to taste. Stir all the ingredients except the mushrooms in a bowl. Drizzle pan with additional olive oil and fill cavities of mushrooms with mixture. Bake for about 25 minutes. When mushrooms are golden-brown, remove from oven and enjoy.
- Easy Baked Meatballs
Beef, pork, chicken—they’re all classic meaty matchups for game day enthusiasts. For this recipe you’ll need one pound of your protein of choice, ½ cup of chopped onion, 1 egg, garlic powder, salt, pepper (all to taste) and 1 can tomato sauce. Mix everything by hand in a bowl and form into palm-sized balls. Place in a 9 by 13 inch pan coated with cooking spray. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
- Healthy Veggie Tray
Don’t look at the fresh goodies here as a trick play. These draft picks from the garden are just healthy additions to all the other recipes you’ve enjoyed during the Big Game in Glendale, Arizona. Carrots, celery, cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes are all winners—no matter who wins the game.
- 15-minute Sliders
Score big points with these little burgers. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees then combine ½ teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and cracked pepper. Add that to one pond of ground chuck and place on pan. Form into square and then cut into eight equal squares. Next, warm some buns in the oven while cooking the burgers on a griddle for approximately 2 -3 minutes. The entire meal takes only take 15 minutes to make—so skip the commercials and have something ready to refuel your team during the second half.
- Touchdown Brownies
No need to go long and out to satisfy your sweet tooth. All you have to do is pick up a box of your favorite brownie mix from your local super market and follow the instructions. If you’re feeling especially creative, go ahead a bake them from scratch. After all, we wouldn’t want to deflate your culinary ego on the day of the Big Game.
- Jammin’ Jalapeno Poppers
Brown some sausage and sauté a few chopped onions. Stuff into hollowed out jalapeno pepper halves and smother with your favorite cheeses. Place in a 350-degree oven and bake until bubbly. These are sure to make the highlight reel.
- Crispy Loaded Potato Bites
Make several skinny cuts into small potatoes, rub them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Slip in some tiny cheese squares,and place back in the oven until cheese melts. Then, top with sour cream, crumbled bacon and green onions. Quick and simple!
- Easy S’Mores Dip
Place graham crackers down in the bottom of an oven safe bowl. Then toss on some broken chocolate bar pieces, a sprinkling of chocolate chips and some marshmallows. Make a second layer with more graham crackers, chocolate, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes at 375 degrees until the marshmallows are slightly browned. Dip graham crackers and enjoy.
The big game is almost here and that means tons of football party food preparation for the big day. If you are unsure of what to cook for the big game, check out our list of can’t miss football party foods.