The Big Game is coming up and it’s time to head toward the touchdown with these six great game day recipes. Gather your friends, grab your groceries, and get ready for a great game!
Six Appetizers for the Big Game
1. French Onion Dip
Skip the store-bought imitation and go with the real thing. This French onion dip is so good, you’ll never turn back to the pre-made product!
Borrowed from our friends at Food52.
For the onion jam:
- 2 large red onions
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- ¼ cup white wine or dry vermouth
For the dip:
- 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup sour cream
- First, make the onion jam. Peel and slice the onions into fine half-moons. Place them into a wide heavy-based pan, along with the olive oil, and sweat over a medium-low heat until they begin to caramelize and brown, about 15 minutes.
- Add the thyme leaves and granulated sugar to the pan, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the sugar is melted and the onions are well caramelized.
- Pour the white wine or vermouth into the pan, and working quickly, stir and scrape any sticky, browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Keep stirring and scraping until the pan is basically clean, and the liquid has completely evaporated. Turn off the heat, and set aside to cool. (If packed into a sterilized jar, this mixture can be kept in the fridge for up to a week)
- To make the dip, beat the cream cheese (either with a wooden spoon or with an electric mixer) until it is completely smooth. Add the sour cream and beat again until smooth, thick and combined.
- At this point, you can either add the cooled onion jam and mix the two together, or do as I like to do, and serve the smooth, creamy dip spread out on a plate, and topped with a tangle of onions.
2. BBQ Meatballs
BBQ meatballs make just about every list of game day recipes, and for good reason. Crowd-pleasing and simple, these bitesize BBQ beef snacks are sure to be a hit.
Borrowed from our friends at Taste of Home.
For the meatballs
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 5 ounces evaporated milk
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
For the sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- (Optional) ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
- In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls.
- Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour over meatballs. Bake 10-12 minutes longer.
3. Easy Pimiento Cheese
Ask any Southerner what their favorite snack is and there’s a good chance they’ll say pimento cheese. This game time staple is easy to make and the perfect dip for any vessel (chips, pita, pretzels, etc.).
- 1 ½ cups mayonnaise (Hellmann’s or Duke’s are traditional)
- 4 ounce jar diced pimiento, drained
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon finely grated onion
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Stir together mayonnaise, diced pimiento, Worcestershire sauce, onion, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
- Stir in cheese and enjoy.
4. Oven-baked Buffalo Wings
The granddaddy of all game day recipes. Buffalo wings are synonymous with football, and they’re even better when they’re oven baked, saving the hassle of frying. Serve with carrots, celery, and blue cheese dressing.
Borrowed from our friends at Simply Recipes.
- 2 pounds chicken wings (about 12 wings)
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 tablespoons bottled hot sauce (like Frank’s Original)
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Prepare wings: Cut off wing tips (discard or reserve for other use such as making stock). Cut wings at the joint. Put chicken wing pieces in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Prepare marinade: Create a marinade by stirring together the melted butter, hot pepper sauce, paprika, salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper in a large bowl. Remove 2 tablespoons of the marinade and set aside (you will use to coat the wings after they come out of the oven.)
- Marinate the wings: Add the chicken wings to the bowl with the marinade and toss to coat all of the wings with the marinade. Let the chicken wings marinate at room temperature for half an hour.
- Broil the wings: Remove the wings from the marinade (discard the marinade) and place them on the rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for about 10 minutes on each side, until chicken is tender and no longer pink.
- Baste the wings with reserved marinade: Remove the chicken wings from oven and baste with the 2 tablespoons of reserved marinade (not the marinade that was in contact with the raw chicken).
5. Jalapeno Popper Dip
When it comes to game day recipes, simpler is better. That’s why this jalapeno popper dip is so perfect. Forgo the painstaking process and whip this dip up with tortilla chips on the side.
Borrowed from our friends at Delish.
- 10 slices bacon
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 jalapenos, minced
- 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 ½ cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, in batches, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then chop.
- In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, most of cooked bacon (reserve some for topping), most of the jalapeños (reserve some for topping), and 1 cup each cheddar and Monterey jack. Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to a small oven-safe skillet or baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cups cheddar and Monterey jack, cooked bacon, and jalapeño.
- Bake until dip is golden and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. (If desired, broil 3 minutes to get cheese extra golden.)
6. 7 Layer Dip
The perfect party dip never goes out of style. This recipe is for basic 7 layer dip, but feel free to add your favorite additions, such as ground beef, pickled jalapenos, or black beans.
- 16 ounces refried beans
- 1 ¼ ounces taco seasoning
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup guacamole
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 cup lettuce
- 1 cup Mexican blend cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces sliced olives
- 1 cup tomatoes
- Mix refried beans with taco seasoning.
- Layer in this order: refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, cheese, sliced olives, tomatoes.
Get ready for the event of the year with these great game day recipes. If you love these amazing appetizers, share them with your friends on social media!