Party prepping for the big game? Check out are 34 of my favorite game day recipes!
So as you all know, there is a big football game on February 4th. I can’t say the name of this game, because of copyright infringement and I would prefer to go through life without getting sued, so I call it “The Big Game” a lot in other football game day recipes’ posts. (In case you all were wondering why I never called the big game by it’s real name, I am loving that lawsuit-less life right now. Not that I think anyone was wondering, but now you know). If you’re still not catching what I’m throwing, like the majority of Green Bay’s receivers this season, I’m talking about The Superb Owl.
I do not care about The Superb Owl this season. In fact, the teams that will be playing in the big game have not been even chosen yet (they will be decided after this weekend) and I’m going to publish this game day recipes post before they are decided because I just do not care who is playing. What I do care is about food and that Justin Timberlake is the halftime performance (I am hoping for an NSYNC reunion or for maybe a Janet Jackson redemption). I also care that we will be spending the evening with some of our best friends; we’re hosting a big game, birthday party combo fiesta again this year (I turn 31 the next day), so I’m basically into the big game for eating food with friends in our best athleisure and watching JT at halftime.
If your game day priorities are in line with mine (which I hope they are because if they aren’t you may be a New England or Minnesota fan and we need to reevaluate our friendship), here’s a round up of some of my favorite game day recipes from Off the Eaten Path that are perfect for watching The Superb Owl, but more importantly, Justin Timberlake, in your soft pants and eating a lot.
Game Day Recipes: Appetizers
Aunt Julie’s Pepperoni Bread makes an appearance at every game day party.
Crock Pot Buffalo Turkey Meatballs have all of the flavors of classic hot buffalo wings but are less messy and easier to make for a crowd.
But if you have to go with a classic even if it is messy, Coca-Cola Hot Wings are baked and tossed in a spicy sauce.
Bacon Jalapeno Pimento Cheese; a huge batch will be a hit with a crowd (I LOVE pimento cheese and regret that I did not ever try it until the age of 25).
Pimento cheese can do double duty with a batch of these Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs.
And since we’re talking about cheese, Beer Cheese Fondue is party perfect in a slow cooker with some bread and apples for dipping.
One more cheese recipe because everyone loves cheese: Grilled Brie is a delicious spin (and faster) on the classic baked version.
Bacon Wrapped Dates are so easy to make ahead of time and then set out in a bowl before guests arrive. (and they go like hotcakes, we served them at my bridal shower and they were super popular!)
Another recipe that you can make one or two days before and then set out making you look like a really great host are Spicy Cheese Straws. Warning: they are addictive.
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers is my most popular blog post every so you should probably make these for your Superb Owl party because people apparently love jalapenos and cheese.
Guacamole is a classic party snack. I mean have you ever been to a party that didn’t have guacamole?
And these pickled jalapeno peppers would be perfect on a big plate of nachos.
Game Day Recipes: Main Dishes
Beer Brats have been at basically every football tailgate of my entire life so of course had to been on this game day recipes list.
Grilled Baby Back Ribs are a HUGE hit with my family (I’ve made them twice and they keep asking for more), and I think if you have a crowd you could take a more appetizer approach with these and slice them before putting them out on a platter.
My mom’s Lost River Chili is award winning and a huge pot would be perfect for a chili bar situation where guests could serve themselves and then doctor their chili up with a variety of different toppings.
Game Day Recipes: Cocktails and Drinks
A Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar is always fun and I do think it’s totally appropriate to drink the brunch cocktail at night too.
Blood Orange Margarita (yes I know there is not a link yet but I’ll be photographing this recipe next weekend and I just think winter citrus is a great idea at a winter party and everyone loves margaritas).
Habanero Rum Punch because I basically gravitate toward anything in a punch bowl.
Impress your guests with a sophisticated, classic cocktail like a Whiskey Old Fashioned (also an ideal drink to pour for yourself when everyone leaves and you have to tackle clean up).
If you’re curious what type of beer you should buy to pair with the delicious food you’re serving, this Beer Pairing Guide will totally help you out!
Game Day Recipes: Fellow Food Bloggers
Since you’re going to have to sustain yourself at least until halftime to see Justin and you can never have enough big game recipe inspiration (all of the above are Off the Eaten Path recipes that I’ve posted over the past four years), here are a few from my favorite fellow food bloggers (say that five times fast).
Easy Beer Cheese by Beer Girl Cooks because there is no such thing as too much beer cheese.
Sweet Potato Nachos with Avocado Cliantro Cream by A Mind “Full” Mom, a lightened up, healthier but still super delicious spin on a fave football snack.
And if you’re not feeling sweet potatoes, Plantain Chip Nachos by Seven Layer Charlotte, are another great, healthy and gluten free nacho chip alternative.
Black Bean Avocado Dip by Bucket List Tummy which is so easy to make with only four ingredients and who doesn’t love dip?
Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love and Flour will transport you to the tropics in one bite. (and who else would rather be in Hawaii in February?)
Hot Spinach Dip by Slice of Jess. I picked this one for AJ, who is the biggest spinach and artichoke dip fan ever (Jess’ baked ricotta sounds really good too).
Cheesy Chicken Black Bean Dip by The Secret Ingredient Is because Michelle says that this dip was more popular than Lady Gaga. But how will it fare against Justin?
Patatas Bravas Tortilla Espanola by The Mexitalian combines two of my favorite Spanish tapas and is topped with a really good looking sauce.
Baked Buffalo Chicken Nachos by Home & Plate is another great combo of two of my favorite foods: nachos and buffalo chicken.
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table. We ate these at our Charlotte Food Bloggers’ holiday party and they were a huge hit!
Bacon Apple Cheese Ball by The Cookie Writer because bacon and cheese, yes please.
Bloody Mary Salsa by Feast and West because chips and salsa are a must at any party and I love Susannah’s creative twist on the classic.
Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings by And She Cooks are a delicious and gluten free version of the football favorite.