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Best Game-Day Snack Recipes

Load your buffet table with snack favorites, from dips to chicken wings to spicy nuts.
Turkey Pesto Sliders

Turkey Pesto Sliders

These six-ingredient party sandwiches are simple and delicious. The recipe comes from Annie Marshall of the Indianapolis-based blog Annie's Eats.

Turkey Pesto Sliders

Pepperoni Pizza Pull

This warm and cheesy pull-apart bread takes just a few minutes to make. Keep the ingredients on hand for parties as well as a soup supper with family and friends.

Pepperoni Pizza Pull

Buffalo-Style Chicken Fingers

Add to your game-day buffet with this neat-to-eat chicken breast variation of chicken wings. Dunk them in bottled blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo-Style Chicken Fingers

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Fresh herbs season this ridiculously simple spread from BelGioioso Cheese in Wisconsin. It keeps well in the fridge and is delicious with cherry tomatoes or other vegetable dippers, as well as crackers or baguette slices.

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Roasted-Tomato Salsa

Roma tomatoes add color and freshness to your game-day spread in this jalapeno-spiked salsa. Serve with assorted tortilla chips.

Roasted-Tomato Salsa

Mudslide Dip

This cheesy dip uses just two ingredients and can be kept warm in your slow cooker. Serve it with veggies, corn chips or tortilla chips.

Mudslide Dip

French Onion Sliders

These totally indulgent sliders pack all the flavor of French onion soup into a tidy little sandwich. The recipe comes from Annie Marshall of the Indianapolis-based blog Annie's Eats.

French Onion Sliders

Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Our recipe actually makes two different kinds of tortilla spirals—one flavored with curry powder, the other with garlic and herbs.

Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Slow-Cooker Sweet-Hot Nuts

Nuts in your slow cooker? Sure! Just toss them with sugar, butter and spices, and cook on low heat for two hours.

Slow Cooker Sweet-Hot Nuts

Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Carrot and celery sticks add crisp crunch to the platter of Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing. Our wings recipe includes blue cheese, garlic powder, vinegar, and spicy cayenne pepper sauce for kick.

Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Sauerkraut Balls

This traditional German appetizer, popular in northeast Ohio, comes from the Hey Hey Bar and Grill in Columbus. Even if you're not usually a sauerkraut fan, you may love the sweet-sour tang of mustard and kraut inside crispy deep-fried shells.

Sauerkraut Balls

Bonanza Bean Dip

You'll get extra points with this bean dip. Lime- and jalapeno-spiced guacamole adds a kick to layers of refried beans, cheese, tomatoes and onions. Serve seasoned tortilla chips on the side.

Bonanza Bean Dip

Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Parmesan, Monterey Jack and Swiss cheeses give melty goodness to this classic dip. We served it with toasted pita chips, but you can use crackers or sliced baguette.

Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings

A reader in Saint Paul gave us this recipe, which always gets raves from her guests. The sweet glaze uses pineapple juice, ketchup and soy sauce.

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings

Spiked Chocolate Fondue

This crazy-simple slow-cooker chocolate fondue has just three ingredients (plus the dippers, of course). We especially love it with strawberries.

Spiked Chocolate Fondue

Mini Burger Party Platter

Serve our Mini Burger Party Platter with an assortment of fun condiments, such as Balsamic Mayo, Herbed Goat Cheese and Citrus Ketchup.

Mini Burger Party Platter

Chili Pecans

A surprise ingredient, coffee liqueur, adds a sweet background to this make-ahead snack. The recipe calls for ground Chimayo chile, but you can use any ground red chile you like.

Chili Pecans

Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

Combine pantry ingredients, such as canned bean dip and taco sauce, for this easy dip. Serve with tortilla chips.

Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix

Customize this recipe by substituting your favorite bite-size crackers for those we've listed. We've also given a choice of salad dressing mix for seasoning.

Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix

Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue

Lots of Monterey Jack cheese goes into this creamy fondue that gets a flavor boost from sour cream, chipotle peppers and bacon. Scoop it up with bread or tortilla chips.

Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue

Nacho Potato Skins

Whip up this easy appetizer and store it in your fridge until it's party time. To serve the skins hot and crispy, broil them just before your guests arrive.

Nacho Potato Skins

Turkey Pesto Sliders

These six-ingredient party sandwiches are simple and delicious. The recipe comes from Annie Marshall of the Indianapolis-based blog Annie's Eats.

Turkey Pesto Sliders

Scrumptious Seven-Layer Cookies

Add some sweets to your game-day table with these fun bars layered with graham crackers, chocolate, nuts and coconut.

Scrumptious Seven-Layer Cookies

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Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

These little beef sandwiches make a great appetizer for a party. And you can put them together in just 20 minutes.

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Cheesy Potato Bites

Just two ingredients—frozen potato rounds and shredded Parmesan—bake to easy, cheesy perfection.

Cheesy Potato Bites

Chicken, Bacon, and Cheddar Submarines

This crowd-pleasing party sandwich works on your schedule. You can prepare and bake it all at once for a party, or assemble the sandwiches the night before, and then bake them when your guests are ready to eat. Perfect for Game Day!

Chicken, Bacon, and Cheddar Submarines

Spicy Shrimp Nachos

Give your game-day nachos an island twist with Jamaican jerk seasoning and fresh jalapeno peppers covered with melted Monterey Jack cheese.

Spicy Shrimp Nachos

Chili Corn Snack Mix

Lime juice and chili powder give a Mexican kick to this combo of corn cereal, pretzels, almonds and dried fruit.

Chili Corn Snack Mix

Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

A mixture of cranberry jelly and bottled barbecue sauce jazzes up classic cocktail meatballs in this easy, three-ingredient recipe. Prepare in your slow cooker or in a saucepan.

Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Jazz up purchased spinach-artichoke dip with just three extra ingredients.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

The Original Toasted Ravioli

This fried ravioli recipe, from Charlie Gitto's on the Hill in St. Louis, makes a fun party appetizer. We substituted frozen ravioli for the homemade they use at the restaurant. For extra-easy cooking, serve with a purchased marinara sauce.

The Original Toasted Ravioli

Swiss-Artichoke Dip

Artichoke hearts, dried tomatoes and sauce combine for a rich, creamy dip. Our recipe calls for processed Swiss cheese because it melts smoothly, but regular Swiss cheese will work fine, too. The dip will have a more stretchy, less creamy texture, but it tastes just as good.

Swiss-Artichoke Dip

Vegetable Tray Masterpiece

This easy dip based on mayo and sour cream stuffs easily into edible sweet pepper bowls. Serve with your favorite crisp, fresh veggies.

Vegetable Tray Masterpiece

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

A mixture of chives, parsley, red pepper and garlic coats a blend of cream cheese and goat cheese. Crushed walnuts add a bit of crunch.

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

Red Hot Pita Chips

Spicy hot foods are always winners on game day. Dijon-style mustard, garlic and chili powder dress up store-bought pita chips. Serve with a creamy dip or guacamole to calm the heat.

Red Hot Pita Chips

Fiesta Dip

Tortilla chips make bite-size appetizers for an easy, warm-from-the-oven treat. Stir together mayo, onion, two cheeses and salsa for the filling.

Fiesta Dip

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