Football is foodball in my book, a reason to eat yummy things. A game day appetizer is always something good. Tackle a few of these good cheap eats to serve at your next football watch party.
I confess. I’m not really a football fan. My husband is. Me, I’m just here for the food. Football, or foodball, as I occasionally call it, gives itself to eating good food.
I’ve rounded up some super yummy, easy-to-prep, budget-friendly game day appetizer ideas, specifically finger foods for you to choose from, so you don’t need to worry too much about tray tables and place settings. This is foodball!
Finger foods are any items that can be eaten with the fingers. Buffalo chicken wings come to mind immediately for game day, don’t they? There are plenty of goodies besides wings. Think of chips, dips, bite-size snacks, and easy to eat items, like chicken strips or Zucchini Fritters for your game day appetizer.
Game day lends itself to fun food. Think about those special treats that you just can’t wait to dig into. What are fun take-out foods that you can make for less at home?
Ask the host or hostess if there’s anything they want in particular. Often times, guests bring all sweets or all sodas and there’s nothing savory. Also think about what stays good at room temperature so there’s no need to chill or keep your dish warm.
Serve hot wings with a variety of sauces (scroll down to see some of my favorites) as well as plenty of crunchy items like a veggie and relish tray as well as other bite-sized, game day appetizers.
Consider these serving tips when you set up your spread of game day appetizer items:
No fancy dip and chip bowl?
No problem. Spoon the dip into a martini glass. Place the glass in the bowl before adding the chips. The dip will be elevated above the chips allowing easy access to both without having to buy a dedicated chip and dip bowl.
Stagger your staging.
Don’t bring out the hot stuff until the bulk of your crowd has arrived. Let the early birds and punctual folk munch on a cold game day appetizer at first.
Then bring out the warm appetizers as a second shift. Or, if you’d rather, serve the hot stuff to the folks who show up on time. 😉
Keep your cooties to yourself.
With cold and flu season upon us, don’t set up your game day appetizer in a big bowl for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to stick his grubby hands in.
Here are some of our best game day appetizer ideas:
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This post was originally published on January 28, 2014. It has been updated for content and clarity.