Foodie Football: The Best Game Day Snacks

January 12, 2018 | Food Lion
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Game day is mostly about the pigskin, but good foodie fare can help dull the pain of disappointing scores. If you're tired of the same old Sunday football foods at game time, these game day snack ideas will be a touchdown. Change the way you look at football snacks forever with creative takes on classic recipes.

Elevate pigs in a blanket

Cocktail weiners are par for the course when it comes to snacks for football games. You can make this offering extra tasty by wrapping the weiners in crescent dough and offering mustard, ketchup, cheese, and relish dips on the side. If you really want to make this easy football snack memorable, you only need one ingredient: salt. Take those wrapped-up weiner dogs, brush 'em with a mix of water and baking soda, and sprinkle on coarse salt. The result? A new tasty twist – mini pretzel dogs.

Pasta for the win

Don't often serve pasta on game day? You might rethink that choice with dippable and delicious oven-friend tortellini. When it comes to easy football snacks, this game-day idea fits. Cook up the tortellini, coat them with your favorite batter, bake, and dip in marinara sauce. Be prepared to keep 'em coming, because this appetizer will go quickly.

Eat your drink

Rather eat than drink your calories? Still enjoy a mini beer buzz by turning traditional dip into Dip 2.0. All you need to do is add a little beer. Whether you're making cheese dip, crab dip, or any other dip, an infusion of the beer of your choice is a delicious pairing and an easy addition to snacks for football games.

A lovely pair: chicken and cheese

Love parmesan-crusted chicken? Love fried mozzarella sticks? You can't go wrong with game day snack ideas that combine the two. Arrange a marriage made in foodie heaven by filling chicken tenders with mozzarella strips, coating them with parmesan breading, and frying them up to delicious heat-filled, satisfying morsels dipped in your favorite tomato sauce.

It's bacon. enough said

Bacon-lovers know there is no such thing as bad bacon, any way you slice it. If you would like to do a little more than just serve strips of bacon (though your guests probably wouldn't complain), combine this pork with other staples. Twist bacon and crescent dough together and bake until crispy. Wrap a cheese stick with bacon, bake, and dig in. Make bacon kabobs. Twist your bacon and offer dipping sauces. Really, you can't go wrong.

Coconut crunchy what?

Need a little sweet with your savory? Coconut crunchy shrimp is usually the go-to for this sort of app, so change things up with chicken instead of shrimp. After you batter up your nugget-sized pieces of raw chicken, dip them one more time in coconut flakes. Oil frying on the stovetop is a bit labor-intensive, so if you're entertaining a larger crowd, consider baking instead to simplify prep time and get right to indulging.

A mini kick of flavor

A bloomin' onion can seem unmanageable on game day, especially when people are juggling an appetizer plate, keeping an eye on the TV, and attempting to wrestle off a reasonable portion size of the onion. The solution? Bite-size bloomin' onions. Small cipollini onions, carefully prepped, battered, and cooked up will turn into beautiful, easy-to-eat, one-bite appetizers.

Cauliflower, not carbs

Regular old cheesy bread is so last football season. For the carb-conscious among the revelers, cauliflower breadsticks pack a flavor punch without taking a big chunk out of anyone's daily calorie count. If you have a love-hate relationship with bread products, you'll love the bread-like nature and shape of soldier-sized cauliflower breadsticks, slathered with cheese and garlic. Don't forget your red sauce of choice.

Minimize grilled cheese

Grilled cheese isn't usually on the list of game day snack ideas, but grilled cheese croutons fit the bill. At the top of the list of easy football snacks, these cheesy croutons go perfectly with hearty chili, or just by themselves. Want to be extra cool? Add a meat or veggie or several cheeses into those grilled cheese croutons before you dice 'em.

Sushi as comfort food

Expecting some younger guests and need snacks for football games to satisfy them? Can't go wrong with PB&J, but instead of finger sandwiches, upgrade the offerings. Slice off the crusts (of course), flatten out the bread, slather on the peanut butter and jelly, and roll up the sandwiches into sushi-like rolls. They might be a little messy, but they'll taste oh so good.

Cauliflower is cool

Tater tots may make you think of elementary school lunch, so transition to the grown-up version – cauliflower tots. Chopped-up cauliflower mixed with cheese, spices, onion, pepper, and breadcrumbs will have you reaching for more and more, with or without ketchup as an accompaniment. And you won't feel the least bit guilty for downing as many of these apps as you like.


Quinoa may not be the first thing that shows up on your easy football snacks list, but consider a quinoa alternative to regular pizza bites to satisfy the game-day guests who are watching their calories. Quinoa, onion, garlic, mozzarella, pepperoni and spices baked in a mini muffin tin and dipped in a delicious sauce make for a festive little feast.

Philly cheese and peppers

Cheese steaks so tasty you'll forget they're a healthier version of the original? Stuffed bell peppers with a unique twist? Yes, please! Instead of heavy bread, substitute bell peppers, and instead of ground beef, use thinly sliced roast beef. Top with provolone, mozzarella, or your favorite cocktail of cheeses. Want even more variety? Make some chicken Philly stuffed peppers and nix the beef entirely.

Salsa for the sweet tooth

Salsa and chips are a staple when it comes to snacks for football games. But instead of spicy – or as a complement to it – consider sweet. Fruit salsa is refreshing, light, and visually appealing, and it doesn't skimp on one of the most important parts of salsa: the crunch. Diced strawberries, raspberries, your favorite melon, and fruit preserves hit all the right notes when liberally mixed with tart and crisp Granny Smith apples.

And you can't just only scoop up this salsa with corn chips – cinnamon chips are the way to go with this vibrant game day snack idea. Or offer chocolate coated chips. Any way you slice it, after all the savory finger foods, guests will be thrilled to satisfy the sweet part of their palate with this versatile salsa.

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