No matter which team you’re rooting for, if there’s one thing every sports fan can agree on it’s that snacks are a must. Kick off your next watch party with these crowd-pleasing — and hopefully game-winning — appetizers.
Bacon and Cheese Dip
Is it even a game day without a dip on hand? This Bacon and Cheese Dip isn’t just delicious, but you can easily make it the night before and heat it up right before your guests arrive.
All you need is a package of classic bacon along with cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese and chopped green onion. Cook your bacon until crispy, and once it cools, combine all of your ingredients into a baking dish. Cover and heat for about 35 minutes or until hot. Serve with your favorite chips or alongside some crunchy fresh veggies like celery, carrots or broccoli.
Sausage Pinwheels can make for the perfect game day snack. They’re easy to make, leave little to no mess and are just downright tasty. While your oven preheats to 375 degrees, use two packs of crescent roll dough to create two even rectangles.
Add in one pack of cooked sweet Italian sausage, leaving about half of an inch of space on all the edges. Now, sprinkle on your other toppings, including chives, onions powder and parmesan cheese. From there, all that’s left is to roll up your dough and cut each log into 12 slices. Bake your pinwheels until they’re golden brown and serve with marinara sauce.
Tuscan Herb Tenderloin Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie boards can be a great addition to your snacking setup since you can really pull from just about anything you have in your pantry or fridge.
We recommend using an assortment of cheeses, some fresh fruit, nuts and crackers alongside any olives or peppers you have on hand. However, the real star of your board will be a Tuscan herb tenderloin. All you need to do is bake your tenderloin for 30 to 35 minutes, slicing it once it’s had a chance to rest for about 3 minutes. While it cooks, you can assemble the rest of your platter to make for a great-looking (and delicious) spread.
For a more substantial appetizer that can still be eaten in front of the TV, we recommend going for some Italian Sliders.
Use some sweet Italian sausage to form slider patties, grilling them for about 5 to 7 minutes. Before the patties are fully cooked, add a slice of cheese to each, letting it get melty and golden. Once the sliders are cooked, mix together mayonnaise and oregano to make a simple herb spread. Now, you’re ready to assemble your burgers. Top with roasted red pepper and basil to make for the ultimate appetizer.
Get Game Day ready
The best part of these appetizers is they can all be prepared in advance and reheated as needed. With just a little prep work, you can have a delicious spread ready to go when your guests arrive, ensuring that you can spend every second in front of the game and not juggling timers in the kitchen.