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One of the best parts of football is the FOOD eating and day DRINKING! Being able to be apart of that at the actual stadium is amazing. Sometimes you go in to watch the game… aaaaand others you just socialize and watch/listen to is in the parking lot!There’s a million recipes for food and booze to bring to the the table, but I think I found more than just pigs in a blanket! Or a homemade cheese ball! Here are some of the most unique ideas that now are a must-have. GAME ON!

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12 Mouth-Watering Game Day Recipes

Game Day Tablescape

Game Day Tablescape

Who’s ready for some football!? Sundays, Monday and Thursday nights I will be watching my boys rush the field and score some touchdowns! Whether it’s college or professional I love me some football! The 2nd best thing about Game Day is the party! The reason why we go to the party is for the food and beer, right?! (you all do.. don’t deny it) And of course the company of our friends. Impress your football fans with some of these delicious traditional and unique recipes.

1 – Homemade Pretzel Bites and Wisconsin Beer Cheese Dip

Super-simple, delicious, salted morsel bites. However, it’s the Beer-Cheese Dip that wins the fans over.

Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Dip

Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Dip

2 – Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon

Spice up your spread with some jalapenos wrapped in bacon. Because a party isn’t a party with at least 1 appetizer wrapped in bacon.

Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon

Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon

3 – Beef and Blue Sliders

A twist on the classic cheese burger slider. Upgrade your slider with thin slices of steak and blue cheese. You will never want a regular slider ever again…

Beef and Blue Sliders

Beef and Blue Sliders

4 – Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

Have at least 1 healthier option to serve at your party. You could even keep a bowl of the garlic/salt mixture on the side so everyone add a little or add a lot or non at all!

Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

5 – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Oreo, and Brownie Bar

We all need a little sweet to balance out the salty. And this Cookie/Oreo/Brownie bar takes the cake. It is a great self-serve dessert to leave out during the game.

Cookie, Oreo, Brownie Bar

Cookie, Oreo, Brownie Bar

6 – Sweet Chili Wings

Here’s a different recipe than your ordinary buffalo flavoring or honey BBQ. Don’t get me wrong, all flavors of wings are delicious! But try another approach that will still impress everyone. Make sure to make enough because these will be one of the first to disappear.

Sweet Chili WIngs

Sweet Chili Wings

7 – Guacamole

Classic football food: chips and dip. Chips and salsa are still a hit, but Guacamole has been trending big time these last few years – everyone is craving the taste and loving the health benefits of avocados! Chips and Guac are a must!

Guacamole

Guacamole

8 – Whiskey Meatballs

Add a little kick to your meatballs that will be cooking the crockpot all day.

Whisky Meatballs

Whisky Meatballs

9 – Coconut Shrimp

A little unconventional to serve at a football party maybe. But coconut shrimp is such a simple way to dress up the overplayed cocktail shrimp. They are easy to eat, and easy clean up too – just make sure to have an empty plate for all the tail shells as everyone eats over to the serving tray.

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

10 – Pizza Bites

Back to basics. Pizza is the most common food consumed on football game days. Whether its baked at home or delivered. So instead of baking large pizzas or even ordering boxes of pizza that no one may even finish – try making them bite sized. But not the frozen-food pizza bites please… these homemade pizza bites will satisfy their pizza cravings.

Pizza Bites

Pizza Bites

11 – Loaded Potato Skins

Go the extra miles and load up those bad boys. Here is a Southwest loaded potato skin version.

Loaded Potato Skins

Loaded Potato Skins

12 – Taco Cups

These little guys are so adorable everyone will love them. Tacos may not be the first thing you think of when planning your football menu, but when you take the mess of tacos, and make them into bite sized apps, they sure do become popular.

Taco Cups

Taco Cups

And remember, make sure your fridge or coolers are stocked with plenty of beer to top off your Game Day Party.

Shout out to my Collegiate and Pro teams: Get’m Bucky! & Go Pack Go!

Stay Inspired!

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