Our Best Game Day Party Food
Enjoy the game at home with some of our favorite appetizers, burgers, and sides.
Give this traditional appetizer a little something extra by mixing in fresh cooked lobster meat. If you’re on a budget, you can substitute lump crabmeat or cooked, chopped shrimp.
- Recipe: Lobster Deviled Eggs
One reason we love a slider? Its small size means you can have more than one! These hot mini sandwiches are perfect for game day, or any day.
These delightful little puff pastries taste best when served warm.
You won't be able to resist going back for more of this creamy dip—a topping of bacon and pepper jelly is an unexpected twist on an old party favorite.
- Recipe: Pepper-Pepper Cheese Dip
The mouth-watering combination of chips and cheese is made even better with some flavorful shellfish mixed in. Shrimp and crab are an unexpectedly delicious choice, and plenty of pickled jalapeños and pepper Jack cheese turn up the heat.
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Crab Nachos
Sausage, shrimp, okra, and creole seasoning mingle for an appetizer that will keep guests coming back for more.
- Recipe: Shrimp-and-Andouille Gumbo Dip
This hearty spread needs sturdy dippers, such as crostini or stone-ground crackers.
- Recipe: Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip
Chorizo is a highly flavored sausage made with lots of paprika and spicy seasonings. Take this unique, delicious dip to add some flavor to your next tailgate.
- Recipe: Chorizo-and-White Bean Dip
Make this satisfying spread as a pre-game appetizer. The dip can be made the day before for easy prep and transport.
- Recipe: Smoked Bluefish Spread
This rich and creamy dip gets a kick of heat from hot sauce and a nice tang from Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Serve with toasted baguette slices or your favorite crackers.
- Recipe: Cruisin' Crab Dip
It’s not a tailgate without chips and dip. But homemade tortilla chips make this dish a showstopper. The fresh and lightly fried crispy chips pair perfectly with this chunky guacamole-style dip.
A blend of three cheeses combined with spicy peppers, tangy capers, and a variety of condiments, this dip is loaded with flavor.
- Recipe: Southwestern Cheese Spread
Serve this addictive dip with a sliced baguette, apples, or thick-cut potato chips.
Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds, which star in this light and refreshing salad. You can substitute orzo pasta, faro, or couscous for the quinoa, if you prefer.
- Recipe: Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
Everyone loves a good kebab! The trick for great ones is to make sure meat and vegetables are cut into equal-size pieces before skewering so that everything has a chance to cook evenly.
- Recipe: Seafood Kebabs
This isn’t your average slaw—the combination of sweet, sour, and savory flavors is what makes it stand out from the rest.
- Recipe: Country Apple Slaw
Treat your fellow tailgaters to budget-friendly surf and turf with these hearty kebabs. Soak the skewers in water for an hour before assembling the kebabs to keep them from burning on the grill.
Warm lump crab with assorted cheeses and Worcestershire sauce makes for a surprising, yet delicious crab dip for up to 12 people to enjoy.
- Recipe: Crab Dip
It just isn’t a tailgate without great sides. This French-inspired pasta salad is almost a meal in itself, with chunks of salmon, crispy green beans, and salty kalamata olives.
- Recipe: Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad
Mild avocado and creamy Monterey Jack cheese balance the heat in these chili powder-infused sirloin patties. If you’re a fan of spice, top off your burger with jalapeño slices.
- Recipe: Southwestern Burgers
Go tropical and substitute chopped pineapple for the grapes and macadamia nuts for the pecans in this dish. Stir in about ½ cup coconut for even more island flavor.
- Recipe: Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
This quick and easy salad is perfect for a last-minute addition to your tailgate or barbecue. The apple yogurt adds an extra punch of sweet flavor while keeping the dish lower in fat.
- Recipe: Waldorf Salad
This version of a melon fruit salad uses a simple syrup to add sweetness but mixes in fresh mint leaves and lemon zest for a cool and refreshing finish.
- Recipe: Lemon-Mint Melon Compote
Take you tailgate to the islands. Top these tropical bars with powdered sugar and toasted coconut for a presentation sure to impress.
- Recipe: Coconut Pineapple Bars
The combination of sweet and tart make this cookie the perfect hand-held treat. Hearty oats give a nice chewy texture that complements the dried cranberries.
- Recipe: Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Not only does this cake travel well, but it's also moist and gooey and topped off with a decadent Coca Cola-infused icing.
- Recipe: Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake
Your guests will never know that these whipped-up-in-a-flash cupcakes came from a box. Top them with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting for the ideal sweet treat.
- Recipe: Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes