Game-day entertaining made easy with simple, tasty dips
Entertaining for the Big Game shouldn’t be hard, so we’re here to help.
Dips are a staple of Super Bowl viewing parties across the country. A simple salsa or guacamole will suffice in a pinch, but we’ve compiled a few easy ways for you look like an overachieving host without spending all day in the kitchen.
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The Super Bowl is America’s second-largest food consumption day and dips are the second-most popular snack to eat while watching the game, which means the selection of dips is of the utmost importance (in case you were wondering, salty snacks have taken the number-one spot two years in a row). Wings seem like a top game-day snack, too, but they actually come in at the number-nine spot, even though Americans ate about 1.25 billion wings during last year’s game.
Variety is key for a dip-centric party. Entertaining for a group can be tricky: you want to serve enough snacks for the amount of people you’re inviting, but don’t want go too overboard with options. Be sure to take diet restrictions and allergies into consideration. Avocado-based snacks are always a good option because they’re flavorful and appease anyone worried about over-indulging.
Hosting a party can be a lot of pressure, so host a potluck-style party or supplement the homemade dishes with store-bought snacks and easy three-ingredient dishes that taste great, but require little to no effort.
It’s all about the dipping vehicles. Choose dippers that vary in texture and flavor, everything from pretzel sticks to crackers, and, of course, lots of vegetables. Provide some options for all of your party guests and they’ll be happy, dipping away to their hearts’ content.
Create a great atmosphere with the right snacks and enjoy the big game without spending days prepping for your party with these easy game-day dips.
Bacon and avocado are a match made in flavor heaven; spice up the dip with sriracha mayo and keep the dip from turning brown during the game with some lime juice. Click here to see the recipe.
Black Bean, Wheat Germ, and Mango Salsa
Every game day needs a salsa. Wheat germ adds protein, fiber, healthy fatty acids, and a nutty flavor that balances out sweet mangoes. Click here to see the recipe.
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TMDRecipeEditor.
Game Day Recipes Your Team Can't Lose With
Sports fans, rejoice! It&aposs that time of year again when we can all live vicariously through athletes from our alma maters and favorite universities. A time when houses are divided by allegiance, old wounds are torn asunder and freshly applied with an abundance of salt, and lifelong memories are made. I&aposm talking, of course, about football season.
Regardless of who you&aposre cheering for or what the outcome, I think we can all agree that you can&apost properly watch a football game without some good grub. Would a last-second win against a heated rival really mean as much if you&aposre viewing on an empty, angry stomach? No, no it would not.
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That&aposs why we&aposve put together this handy compendium of some of our absolute best game-day recipes. From dips to wings and burgers to sweet treats, we&aposve run the gamut and compiled enough options to satisfy any fan&aposs appetite. What&aposs more, all of these recipes are available to schedule into weekly meal plans via the Cooking Light Diet (for more info or to subscribe, click here).
Now go forth, whip up some game-day deliciousness, and may the best team win!
Serve 4 Different Cheese Dips on 1 Sheet Pan – Fun Appetizer Idea!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Roll the pizza dough into about 1-inch sized balls and line the entire perimeter of the pan with dough balls. Also, run a line down the center and across to create a barrier for 4 dips. I used around 64 small balls of dough.
Mix up the ingredients for each dip separately, and spread each into its own section on the pan, keeping them in the four separate corners. Use a small kitchen brush to brush a little olive oil over the top of the pizza dough balls.
Bake the entire pan for about 25-30 minutes until the dips are bubbling, and the pizza dough balls are cooked and slightly browned.
Remove from oven and add any desired garnish to the top. Serve warm.
Need a dip that&rsquos perfect for a game day appetizer?
If you can&rsquot decide which cheesy dip to make, consider making four! 😂 You&rsquove gotta check out how I created this large party food appetizer using four melted cream cheese dips and balls of pizza dough as dippers, baked all together on one large sheet pan!
One pan, four yummy flavors!
This is sure to make a statement at your next gathering&hellipwhenever that happens! 😆 I know we&rsquore all following CDC guidelines so while you may not be serving this appetizer to a large group, it&rsquos a fun way to change things up at dinner or for a special occasion with family at home.
And it&rsquos surprisingly easy and fun to compile, starting with just a brick of cream cheese for each flavor of dip! The baked pizza dough balls create a fun and delicious separator between each cheesy section.
10 No-Cook Snacks Your Super Bowl Party Will Love
Because who wants to be standing over the stove on game day?
Whether game day snuck up on you, or your party of 10 just turned into 20, sometimes you need to throw together some snacks at the last minute. When that happens, there&aposs no greater ally than a handful of no-cook appetizer recipes.
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These dishes come together with just a few staple ingredients and some love, meaning you&aposll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the game.
From creamy dips that can practically refill themselves to savory hors d&aposoeuvres that won&apost break the calorie bank, your gang will love the nosh so much you might become the default host. But not to worry—you can shop ahead of time and whip together many of these fan favorites in 20 minutes or less.
Homemade Hummus with Olive Salsa
Score with your team of fans by serving them this tasty Homemade Hummus with Olive Salsa! This delicious and easy dip is a perfect vegetarian option. Simply puree nutritious GOYA® Organic Chick Peas with the Mediterranean flavors of olive oil and spices until creamy. Once ready, serve with a fantastic salsa made from GOYA® Pitted Manzanilla Spanish Olives and GOYA® Capers. Enjoy this fantastic dip with fresh vegetables, crackers or bread. A hit!
Made with GOYA® Organic Chick Peas
Enjoy the quality and great taste of GOYA® Organic Chick Peas by preparing countless recipes. In addition to being delicious, they are 100% organic, USDA certified, and low in sodium. Try them in flavorful salads, soups, stews, even fantastic appetizers and dips like our Homemade Hummus with Olive Salsa.
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Secondly, don’t avoid any upcoming Game Day and Olympics viewing parties because did you know Olympics are once every 4 years?! Pick a recipe or a few from below, make it and bring it with you. Or host a party with some rock start main and do it a potluck style. Stick to healthier options but enjoy life a little. Next day, just get back on track.
Got it? Let’s dive in. We’ve got healthy game day dips, sliders, nachos, tacos, chili, pizza, bites and desserts ideas here. Everything you and your friends and family like. And those who don’t, tell them to bring their own [email protected] and eat it.
Creamy Pumpkin Chili
No game day spread is complete without chili. This meaty recipe from The Castaway Kitchen gets a natural creamy boost from real pumpkin puree and coconut cream, plus an abundance of warm seasonings.
Easy Oven Baked Paleo Meatballs
These simple meatballs food is easy to meal prep, freeze and reheat if you’re short on time.
Simply roll up your meat with herbs, ghee and apple cider vinegar, then bake away for a fast and tasty protein.
Smashed Plantain Pulled Pork Sliders
These sweet and savory sliders from Real Simple Good use smashed plantains for buns, and tender pulled pork in the center—easy, tasty and packed with flavor.
It’s also to scale up or down, depending on how many you’re serving.
Air Fried Paleo Buffalo Wings
Stick with a classic in this easy game day recipe from Paleo Grubs: Using the air fryer, these easy chicken wings crisp up before getting tossed in a spicy sauce.
Lamb Keto Tacos With Cauliflower Tortillas
Tender, pliable cauliflower tortillas get stuffed with tender pulled lamb meat—who said game day food couldn’t be good for you?
With only 30 minutes of active cooking time, this recipe comes together quickly, too.
4-Step Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
These spiced, coconutty meatballs from Predominantly Paleo are packed with umami flavors. Just mix ingredients and bake for a super simple game day main.
No grain-filled tortillas here. Instead, these little taquitos from Meatified use a shell made from plantain and mashed yucca. Then, they’re stuffed with spiced chicken. You won’t miss the grains or cheese with these tasty bites!
Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers
Take chicken nuggets to a whole new level with this easy recipe from Unbound Wellness.
With grated sweet potato, ground chicken and spices, you just need to mix and bake for savory, poppable game day food.
Low-Carb Bacon Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
Sweet, salty and oh-so-tasty, these skewers will go fast on game day. Too cold to grill? Take it inside and follow the oven steps in this recipe.
Preheat your oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray, then place the skewers on a baking sheet. Roast until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
Keto Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef
This paleo appetizer recipe is the perfect way to feed a crowd.
Serve tender, shredded Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef as part of a build-your-own taco bar with lettuce wraps, guac, cauliflower rice and any other toppings your heart desires.
- Are you looking for more slider recipes for game day? How about these HAM & TURKEY CLUB SLIDERS from Bread, Booze, Bacon
- Maybe you are craving something like these FRENCH ONION BEEF SLIDERS from Host The Toast
- Now this PIZZA SLIDERS RECIPE from Rachel Cooks looks amazing!
Football’s back: 21 great make-ahead game day recipes
The Denver Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night as pro football returns, and you know what that means: The race is on to find new nibbles and snacks to appease the football fans in your household.
We pored over the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen archives for recipes that will help you do just that. But we also upped the ante by selecting recipes that can be largely made in advance. That way you can get all the messy prep work out of the way a day or two ahead of time, and just polish off your dishes as guests are heading for your front door.
We’ve got plenty of party favorites like chips and homemade salsa and guacamole. (You can prep most of the guacamole ingredients ahead of time, but wait until the very last minute to slice open your avocados or else they’ll brown on you.) And, of course, we’ve got hickory-smoked baby back ribs and wings, including he-man sized super wings and Thai peanut wings. There’s a chili recipe, too, that would go great with our can’t-miss garlic bread.
We also included some unexpected party favorites, such as homemade pretzels -- hard and soft -- which would be so nice served alongside a selection of cheeses and mustards. We’ve also got sweet-and-salty beer nuts, deviled eggs, fig and blue cheese pizzas and more.
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Of course, we included dessert. We selected several of our favorite bar cookies and brownies because we love the easy, one-pan approach. After all, you don’t have much time to spare.
One warning, though: If your house is anything like our house, you want to hide those tropical paradise bars, midnight chocolate brownie bites, and ooey-goey graham cracker bars as soon as they cool.