Best Game-Day Snack Recipes
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.
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.
Roma tomatoes add color and freshness to your game-day spread in this jalapeno-spiked salsa. Serve with assorted tortilla chips.
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.
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.
Stuffed Party Pinwheels
Each pinwheel displays a rainbow of colors and flavors. The snacks are easy to make, too, which makes them as popular with the cook as they are with guests!
Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip
Reduced-fat and fat-free ingredients trim the calories in Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mexican Seven-Layer Dip
Combine pantry ingredients, such as canned bean dip and taco sauce, for this easy dip. Serve with tortilla chips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scrumptious Seven-Layer Cookies
Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw
Using prepackaged ingredients, such as frozen vegetables, coleslaw mix and cooked beef, speeds prep of party appetizers that are also easy and delicious. Pictured: Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw and Crispy Cheesy Potato Bites (see next slide for Potato Bites recipe).
Cheesy Potato Bites
Just two ingredients -- frozen potato rounds and shredded Parmesan --- bake to easy, cheesy perfection.
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!
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.
Chili Corn Snack Mix
Lime juice and chili powder give a Mexican kick to this combo of corn cereal, pretzels, almonds and dried fruit.
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.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Jazz up purchased spinach-artichoke dip with just three extra ingredients.
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.
Artichoke hearts, dried tomatoes and sauce combine for a rich, creamy dip. Process Swiss cheese works best because traditional cheese sometimes breaks down when it's slow cooked.
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.
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.
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.
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.