Ladies are loving football more than ever these days, and everyone from die-hard fans to casual watchers will be tuning into the big game this year. Whether you’re heading to a party, throwing one of your own or just watching it with your family, a lineup of tasty snacks are a must. Be the life of any game day party with these simple, snackable food and drink recipe ideas for the big game that are sure to please every taste.
Sip: Game Day Punch
Rather than serving sodas or whipping up individual cocktails, a big batch of punch makes for a no-fuss beverage that keeps everyone from missing a second of the game. In a pitcher or punch bowl, combine 3 cups of pineapple juice, ½ cup of orange juice, ¼ cup of fresh-squeezed lime juice and ¼ cup of agave nectar. Add 1 cup of fresh fruit slices, like apples and oranges, then chill until you’re ready to serve.
Dip: Spicy White Cheese Dip
There’s a reason dips are at nearly every get-together you attend: They’re simple to prep and easy to eat — and everyone loves them. Cook up an effortless winner for the big game with this slightly spicy white cheese dip. In a slow cooker, combine one small diced onion, two minced garlic cloves, two 10-ounce cans of diced tomatoes and green chiles, ¾ cup of milk, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper and 2 pounds of shredded white American cheese slices. Let the combo simmer on low for three hours, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking, and then serve it with tortilla chips or toasted pita bread. Give guests a healthier dipping option with fresh-cut veggies like carrots and celery. For a heartier dip, throw a can of chili into the mix while cooking.
Devour: Sweet & Sticky Hot Wings
Football and hot wings go hand in hand, and a sweet, sticky twist on the football favorite is sure to be a hit for the big game. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees, then line a baking sheet with greased foil. In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon dried garlic, ½ teaspoon dried onion and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika. Toss 2 pounds of chicken drumettes or wings in the coating, then spread them in a single layer on the baking sheet. Spray the chicken with a light layer of vegetable oil, then roast for 45 minutes until crispy, turning halfway through. In a bowl, whisk 2½ tablespoons hot sauce, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and 2 tablespoons melted hot pepper jelly. Coat each wing with the jelly mixture, then serve them warm. Give the dish an ethnic spin by substituting Thai chili sauce for hot sauce, or whip up a blue cheese dip to cool it off for guests who can’t handle spicy food.
Savor: Sweet & Salty Brownies
Give every sweet tooth just what it’s looking for with a bite-sized batch of sweet and salty brownies. Heat your oven to 350 degrees, then lightly grease an 8-inch-square pan. Mix ¾ cup of flour and ½ teaspoon baking powder in a medium bowl, and set aside. Next, melt 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate and 1/3 cup sugar over low heat, stirring the mixture frequently. Remove it from the heat, then beat in 1 cup of sugar and 2 eggs. Add in the flour mix, ½ cup of chopped roasted peanuts, one coarsely chopped caramel chocolate candy bar and 1 ounce of chopped pretzel pieces, and mix until just combined. Spread the mixture into the pan, then bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cut the brownies into snackable squares, and give them an extra-sweet kick with a drizzle of salted caramel. You can also show your spirit by cutting brownies into football-shaped sweets and using vanilla icing to create decorative laces.