These super tailgating and game day recipes – finger foods, appetizers, entrees, drinks and desserts – are sure to be easy winners at your next party.
If you’re looking for winning game day food, look no further than this extensive recipe roundup that shares some of my favorite recipes that are not only easy to make but are also low-cost, too.
What Is Good Game Day Food?
For starters, game day food can be anything you want it to be. To be honest, I’ve seen folks go whole hog–no pun intended–or laid back –chips, dip and pretzels.
Liver pates? Only if you really think your guests are up to the challenge.
But all kidding aside, when one searches for game day food usually what you’ll find is a plethora of appetizers, finger foods, as well as these party favorites: Sloppy Joes and Pulled Pork that can be kept warm in a slow cooker.
And, if you are tailgating at a stadium, you might find folks grilling everything from hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, shrimp and salmon. Everything is fair game.
The idea, though, is quick and easy dining for both friends and family and host.
Make it easy on yourself and enjoy the game.
Tailgate Party Tips (at the Stadium)
There are a lot of fair game options when it comes to tailgate party food.
Here in the great state of Wisconsin we like to grill. As mentioned above, bratwurst, hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, and yes, even salmon are a perfect touchdown for any tailgate party. Just be sure to bring these nosh-worthy foods to the game on ice.
Can you serve healthy alternatives? Of course. Many folks opt for healthy stuff like salads, vegetable wraps, and fresh fruit.
It is your party after all, so don’t be afraid to serve up food that best exemplifies, well, you.
And, remember that tailgate parties are meant to engage the populace.
Which means that since you’ll more than likely be lined up side by side alongside other sports enthusiasts in the stadium parking lot, you’ll not only get to meet some awesome folks but you’ll also get inspiration for everything food and frivolity.
Tailgating also encourages folks to think outside-the-box in terms of game day decor. You can deck out your vehicle to show your loyalty to your favorite team or theme. Or play it simple with just a few folding chairs and a cooler. It’s totally up to you.
Still need some tailgate inspiration? Check out this quick flick.
10 Tailgate Party Tips – HGTV
Tailgating Tip: It’s okay to dive right in and eat your favorite finger foods, snacks, entrees and drinks. Just be sure to pace yourself, though–especially on the spirits–because you don’t want to fumble on your way into the stadium–just saying.
RELATED: 4 Secret Tips to the Perfect Tailgating Party (Video)
Super Bowl Party Tips
And, when it comes to hosting a Super Bowl party, again, planning is key.
Taco, nacho, salad, or snack bars are really great ideas if you want to keep things simple, while at the same time providing a variety of options for your guests to nosh on.
When I tackle gatherings like this, I like to also set up snack and drink stations where my friends and family can easily gravitate to while still being able to watch the game.
But, if you don’t have space galore, then you can divvy what space you do have into smaller sections on a counter or kitchen island and serve up your offerings that way.
And, since this is the highlight of gridiron season, remember to include bit of bling and flash to your party digs, too.
Check out this amazing video that offers some fabulous tips and tricks for hosting your own Super Bowl Party.
Super Bowl Party Decor Tips – Simply Preet
As you can see, with a little planning and foresight, you can put together a party that is not only fun but also practical.
Best Game Day and Tailgate Recipes
So, are you ready for some football? It’s time to make some memorable snacks, drinks and treats.
Football Finger Foods
You will gain an automatic first down with these no-holds-bar finger foods.
6. Beef Nachos
These appetizers will keep your guests well fueled during the four quarters.
11. Pumpkin Hummus
12. Creamy Dill Dip
13. Lone Star Salsa
14. Pico de Gallo
15. Mango Salsa
16. Shrimp Dip
18. Warm Queso
End Zone Entrees
Hand off your snacking to these game-worthy entree recipes that are sure to please even the toughest linebacker.
21. Pulled Pork
22. Oven Baked Ribs
23. Easy Pita Pizzas
24. Mom’s Chili
25. Sloppy Joes
26. Chicken Chili
Drop Kick Drinks
Kick off your party with these one-of-a-kind drinks and cocktails that you can serve with or without alcohol.
28. Lemon Martini
29. Spa Mojito
Direct Snap Desserts
These game time treats are too good to pass, so be sure to include a variety for one and all.
32. Cherry Parfaits
33. Lime Curd Trifle
So which were your favorite super tailgating and game day recipes from above? Share your favorite picks in the comments below.
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