17 Easy Football Recipes That Will Make Any Crowd Go Wild

Posted: January 30, 2022 11:46 am

Football season is back! Although we love our classic game day snacks, we’re looking to spice things up this year, putting a new twist on our favorite dishes. From appetizers to desserts, we’ve got everything you need to host a viewing party or tailgate your team won’t forget.

Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball

Skip traditional jalapeño poppers and opt for this festive cheese ball instead! Peas and Crayons packs all our favorite ingredients into one tasty appetizer. Combining cream cheese, even more cheese, bacon, green onions and jalapeños, she uses sliced mozzarella to represent football laces.

BBQ Chicken Bites

Barbeque chicken that won’t make a mess? Yes, please! Le Creme de la Crumb wraps BBQ pulled chicken and cheese in a quick, homemade dough for handheld bites that burst with flavor. Brushed with butter and seasoned with parmesan and ranch, they’re impossible to resist!

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If you love Cheez-Its, you won’t be able to resist this easy, cheesy snack. Starting with a box of regular Cheez-Its, Rumbly Tumbly adds ranch seasoning and red pepper flakes, baking the crackers until crisp. Consider this your warning, they’re dangerously delicious!

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Looking to spice up that veggie platter? This recipe brings cauliflower to a whole new level with a crispy crust and creamy chili sauce. Kirbie’s Craving bakes panko crusted cauliflower for a healthier alternative to fried appetizers. Dipped into a 4 ingredient homemade chili sauce, each bite packs a sweet-and-spicy punch.

Cheesy Pizza Party Ring

What could be better than hot pizza and a football game? While we love the classic, we couldn’t help but drool over this glammed up version from Tablespoon. Using a can of store-bought bread dough and your favorite toppings, this pizza is baked in a bundt pan for a perfectly round ring. Sliced, loaded with more cheese and toppings, then baked again, this pull-apart pizza ring is overflowing with melted cheese and savory flavor.

Loaded Tater Tot Bites

Who needs fries when you have tater tots? Especially when they’re loaded with bacon, cheese and ranch dressing. This recipe from Homemade Interest may look decadent, but these bites couldn’t be easier to make, with just 4 ingredients and only 10 minutes of prep.

Pulled Pork Pastry Puffs

Crisp puff pastry wrapped around juicy pulled pork and melted cheese. Is your mouth watering yet? Plain Chicken whips up a pulled pork appetizer that’s anything but plain. Not only will these wow any crowd but they can be made in advance and frozen to be baked just when you need them.

Garlic Parmesan Pretzels

If you think there is nothing special about pretzels, you haven’t tried this recipe. Kleinworth & Co coats regular pretzels with melted butter and garlic, toasting them in an air fryer before coating them with parmesan cheese. Soaked with buttery, garlic goodness, these pretzels are loaded with flavor and impossible to resist.

Chicago Style Hoagie Dip

When people are mingling, they may not want to dive into a full sandwich. Luckily,Strawberry Blonde Kitchen combines all the flavors of a classic Italian hoagie (or sub) in an easy party dip. With deli meat, tomatoes and lettuce, it’s also a great way to use up extra ingredients you may have on hand after weekday lunches.

Football Shaped Spinach Dip Breadsticks

Spinach dip is a game day go-to and It’s Always Autumn has the perfect idea to give the dish some new flair. Layering spinach dip inside a football-shaped pizza crust, she twists slices of dough for a swirled green and white pull-apart snack. Finished with an easy football design made with mozzarella, these breadsticks make the perfect centerpiece for a festive game day feast!

Chili Garlic Edamame

Game day may not be known for the healthiest of snacks, but that’s about to change. This vegan edamame recipe from Profusion Curry are pan toasted with garlic chili sauce and tossed with sesame seeds and sea salt. These salty, savory treats will make you forget all about the high-calorie alternatives.

Jalapeño Popper Beef Taquitos

Beefy, cheesy and crispy, these taquitos have it all. Combining taco seasoning with cream cheese and jalapeños, Carlsbad Cravings rolls the meaty filling in tortillas before pan-frying to a crispy golden brown. These handheld snacks can be dipped in sauce or cheese, and keep one hand free to cheer on your home team.

Irish Nachos

Tired of soggy nachos? Try this version instead! Gluten-Free Homestead makes a, you guessed it, gluten-free version of nachos using sliced potatoes as a base. These are also similar to potato skins, topping potatoes with cheese, bacon and scallions, with a sour cream dipping sauce.

Walking Tacos

If you’re looking to host a party your friends won’t forget, these tacos in a bag will do the trick. Made in a Fritos or Doritos bag, Unsophisticook loads all the traditional taco toppings right on top of the chips. It’s a mess-free meal that both kids and adults will love, and it saves you from washing all those dishes!

Apple Pie Bites

Every good party needs dessert and these apple pie bites are the perfect all-American sweet to go with the nation’s favorite sport. With apple pie spiced brown sugar, apple slices and store-bought crescent roll dough, The Blond Cook whips up these personal pies in under 30 minutes. You can even go nutty and add chopped pecans for crunch!

Reese’s Pretzel Football Cookies

These chocolate-covered pretzels have a secret – a Reese’s peanut butter cup stacked between its crunchy layers! Once sandwiched together, Take Two Tapas dips each peanut buttery pretzel combo into chocolate, using white chocolate to draw a football design. Easy but impressive, these are sure to be a hit with the whole team.

Game Day Snack Mix

Whether you’re hosting a game day party or heading out to a tailgate, a good snack mix never fails. This sweet and salty mix from Fun Squared has something for everyone to enjoy. Adding festive garnishes, she includes football-shaped chocolates and green and white chocolate pretzels to help get you in the football mood.

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