Whether it’s football, basketball or hockey, we all need some appetizers for game day to munch on while we cheer on our favorite team. Here are 25 of some of the best!. You’ll find some traditional football snacks like buffalo chicken wings along with others that are a little different like a peach salsa to go with those chips.
Table of contents
- How to plan a Game Day Party 🏈
- FAQs about Game Day Food 🏀
- Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
- Baked Brie with Pears and Pistachios
- Hot Corn Dip
- Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers
- Mexican Street Corn Tacos
- Peach Salsa
- Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
- White Queso Dip
- Touchdown Taco Cups
- Homemade Cheese Crackers
- Oreo Ball Footballs
- Baked Buffalo Wings
- Football Brownies
- Pinwheels with Spinach and Prosciutto
- Sausage Balls Recipe
- How To Make Cheese Fondue
- Tequila Lime Chicken Wings
- What To Put In Guacamole
- Mushroom Crescent Rolls
- Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders with Garlic Butter Sauce
- Mini Croque Monsieur
- Game Day Tailgating Charcuterie Board
- Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites
- Rotel Dip
- Homemade Chex Mix
How to plan a Game Day Party 🏈
When having friends over to watch a game, I like to have a variety of appetizers on hand so that everyone can find something they love. Along with great food, here are some planning tips for a stress free party.
- If your friends offer to bring something, give them a suggestion so that you don’t have five cheese dips. If you already have the food covered, suggest that they bring drinks or ice.
- Choose some food that can be made well in advance and frozen so that all you have to do is let it thaw. This works great for desserts.
- If you have a slow cooker or chafing dish, make a dip that is best served warm. If not, then choose a dip that is good at room temperature, football games last a long time!
- Try to serve food that can be eaten without utensils, finger food is a must.
- If something needs to be baked or heated, have it ready so that all you have to do is pop it in the oven. No one wants to cook and miss out on a big play.
- Try to serve food that will still be delicious at room temperature.
- While wings and sausage balls are great appetizers for game day, throw in some fresh veggies and dips or a charcuterie tray for those that may have dietary restrictions.
FAQs about Game Day Food 🏀
There’s nothing worse then eating a room temperature appetizer that’s meant to be served warm. Instead, plan some appetizers that can sit out for several hours without loosing their flavor like spinach pinwheels or baked brie with pears.
The best way to keep dips warm is by using a slow cooker, or if you’re old school pull out a chafing dish.
Whether you’re throwing a party, going to a party, or just hanging out at home, browse around and find some new favorites to enjoy.
Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
This easy buffalo chicken dip is an all time favorite game day appetizer. With homemade buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, it’s a must for any party. Use rotisserie chicken and a quick and easy Buffalo sauce for that “hot wing” taste.
Baked Brie with Pears and Pistachios
You won’t find a better holiday snack than Baked Brie with Pears, Pistachios, and Honey! (from Cup of Zest) A real crowd-pleaser, all of your guests will love the comforting bites of pistachios, sweet honey, and herbaceous thyme leaves with the creamy melted brie.
Hot Corn Dip
This cheesy, delicious hot corn dip (from Mom Endeavors) is sure to be a win at your next football tailgate or party!
Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers
Stuffed baby bell peppers with a filling that holds its own, not just spicy but bursting with flavor. Stuffed mini peppers are a great appetizer for your next gathering.
Mexican Street Corn Tacos
Leftover steak or beef tenderloin makes the best individual nachos (from Josi and Nina) especially when topped with homemade Mexican street corn or esquites. An easy one bite appetizer with something for everyone!
Fresh peaches, tomatoes and corn are combined for a fresh and healthy salsa. Peach Salsa is easy to make and a refreshing appetizer.
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites (from Two Peas and Their Pod) -these little pretzel bites are fun to make at home and are great for parties and game day!
White Queso Dip
White Queso Dip is a creamy smooth cheese dip, like the ones served in Mexican restaurants. Fabulous as an appetizer for game day. You can use it as a simple dip or as a cheese sauce for a Tex-Mex meal. Prepare this in just 15 minutes and it will stay creamy for the entire game!
Touchdown Taco Cups
When I started planning out our football party menu for this season, I knew I needed to get my head in the game and bring out the snacks and drinks that fans would really love! My family loves to spice things up a bit when it comes to game day foods, and what better way to kick off the start of the season than with these delicious Touchdown Taco Cups (from Southern Made Simple)!
Homemade Cheese Crackers
This Gruyère cheese crackers recipe is the grown up version of a childhood favorite. Homemade and easy to make with just 4 ingredients. These savory crackers will become your go to snack or appetizer.
Oreo Ball Footballs
Any opportunity to get together with others and share food! And what better food to share than OREOs? Not to mention OREOs that are crushed up, mixed with cream cheese and decorated to look like footballs (from House of Yumm) These OREO Cookie Balls are a sure win!
Baked Buffalo Wings
Crispy baked buffalo wings that are NOT fried are just what you need to snack on during the game or movie night. Topped with a spicy homemade Buffalo sauce, and a homemade blue cheese dip, it’s a classic for football games or any other gathering.
Delicious brownies, topped with fun chocolate dipped strawberries that look like footballs! These Game Day Football Brownies (from Love From The Oven) are perfect for making and sharing for the big game!
Pinwheels with Spinach and Prosciutto
Pinwheels with spinach and prosciutto are rich and flavorful, a great do ahead appetizer that you can eat with your fingers. Easy to freeze the roll and have it on hand when you need a quick appetizer.
Sausage Balls Recipe
This Sausage ball recipe is made with flour and not Bisquick. They’re a classic favorite at our house. Less greasy than the traditional recipe making them perfect for game days, brunch, and holiday get togethers.
How To Make Cheese Fondue
This cheese fondue recipe (from The Foreign Fork) is the perfect date night activity! Make this recipe with white wine, Swiss cheese and shallots, and prepare for an incredible time indulging in creamy cheese with friends!
Tequila Lime Chicken Wings
Baked tequila lime chicken wings are marinated in Tequila, lime juice and harissa paste for a slightly sweet and spicy appetizer. Great for game night! Switch up your favorite wings and enjoy the unique flavor tequila adds to chicken.
What To Put In Guacamole
Make this classic guac (from Pip and Ebby) in minutes and learn what to put in guacamole to make it even tastier! This is a healthy snack and also a delicious appetizer/party food when served with chips. Make it spicy or go mild! Either way, this party staple will not disappoint.
Mushroom Crescent Rolls
Mushroom crescent rolls are a quick and easy appetizer you can throw together at the last minute with guaranteed success, perfect for any party or get together. All it takes is crescent rolls mushrooms and cream cheese.
Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders with Garlic Butter Sauce
Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders (from Sweet Tea and Thyme) are a fun, easy, and crazy delicious freezer-friendly dish that is a hit at get-togethers with adults and kids alike! Use your favorite cheese and type of ham in between soft, sweet Hawaiian rolls then slather on plenty of that amazing garlic butter sauce that is full of great flavor.
Mini Croque Monsieur
If you can’t be in France you can still enjoy Mini Croque Monsieur appetizers. An easy appetizer with puff pastry and a béchamel sauce. Your guests will love this take on a French classic.
Game Day Tailgating Charcuterie Board
This Game Day Tailgating Charcuterie Board (from Big Family Blessings) is the perfect edition to every football game, whether you are tailgating at the stadium, or in your own home.
Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites
Bacon wrapped potatoes with a spicy dipping sauce are a perfect appetizer for a holiday gathering, party or game day. Baked so they’re not greasy, a match made in heaven.
Made with just three ingredients — Velveeta, Rotel and Hamburger — this Rotel dip (from Spaceships and Laser Beams) has the perfect amount of spicy heat in each bite.
Homemade Chex Mix
A batch of homemade Chex mix coated in a bold and buttery seasoning is an ideal snack. Great for road trips or back to school. It’s an old fashioned snack that never goes out of style.
While we love our favorite teams, it’s really all about the food!