It’s finally football season. Watching the game with your family or hosting a get-together is often lots of fun and doesn’t require too much from the hostess. Along with chairs and a working television, hearty snacks are a must for entertaining on game day. If you’re not sure where to get started with your game day spread, try one of our football favorites.
Find inspiration on the menu of almost any local sports bar, and serve up a platter of sliders to your guests. There are numerous variations to choose from, so you can tailor your slider selections around some of your guests’ favorite ingredients. Make the traditional slider with ground beef, or go for something a little different (and completely easy), and make pork or chicken sliders in your slow cooker by cooking the meat on low in your favorite barbecue sauce for six to eight hours.
There are lots of great slider recipes to choose from. Check out our cheddar stuffed turkey sliders or avocado and crab cake sliders >>
Chicken wings are one of the ultimate guy foods. This is another dish that is totally customizable in the preparation and flavor departments. Try baked, fried, spicy, teriyaki, Caribbean, buffalo, mustard or even barbecue. Go with your guy’s favorite, and his friends will fall in line.
Try one of our top 5 chicken wing recipes for your next game day get together >>
Warm, soft pretzels
This is an easy-to-prepare, crowd pleasing snack. Just get prepared soft pretzel sticks or bites from the frozen foods section at the supermarket, warm at home and serve with a few dips like mustard and warm cheddar cheese spread.
Spanokopita is a classic Greek dish made with phyllo pastry, spinach and feta, and can be served in one-bite triangles or as a pie. It’s filling enough that it can serve as a meal or a heavy appetizer.
If you love the flavors of this dish but want to offer your guests a healthier twist, try this spinach and feta bake recipe >>
Seven-layer dip is a crowd-pleasing Tex-Mex snack that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. It doesn’t actually require seven layers, unless you really want to get technical. Start by spreading a layer of refried beans on a serving dish, and then top with layers of cheese, salsa, guacamole, olives, lettuce and sour cream. You can’t go wrong by going with your friends’ and family’s favorite nacho toppings. Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos.
Homemade potato chips with malt vinegar
Why buy them in a bag when you can make a fresh batch of chips on your own? Check out this homemade potato chips recipe. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out just how easy these chips are to make.
Watch: How to make football cookies
If you need a tasty treat for a football party, follow these steps to make football-shaped cookies and score a touchdown at your party.