Never Miss a Play: Appetizers and Snacks for Game Day
June 4, 2017
Food is an integral part of any game-day party, fueling you and your guests through exciting victories and agonizing losses. Keep your friends happy while they cheer by providing a variety of appetizers they can munch on while they nervously await first down. With a little planning and preparation, you can serve a game-day buffet that satisfies everyone all the way through overtime.
The watch party is at your house, but that doesn't mean you have to miss the game-winning touchdown just because you're stuck in the kitchen making the party food. The day before the game, make a list of everything you need to prepare so that you have all the condiments and toppings ready long before your friends arrive. If you're planning to serve burgers, slice tomatoes, onions and lettuce a couple hours ahead of time, and store them in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve. Gather the mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup in a bowl or tray that you can pull out and carry to the serving area so you don't waste time hunting for condiments or making extra trips.
Another way you can stay focused on the game is to design your entertainment area with small appliances that let guests help themselves. Compact refrigerators keep soda and beer nearby, and a microwave in the room lets visitors heat up a plate of wings without bothering you for assistance.
Simple Recipes That Stretch to Feed a Crowd
Throwing a game-day party doesn't have to strain your schedule or your wallet when you make easy appetizers with just a few ingredients. Hot or cold dips pair with chips, bread or vegetable sticks for versatility, and you can prepare dips in advance. For the nacho lovers in your group, melt some shredded cheese in a slow cooker and add a variety of mix-in ingredients, such as refried beans, diced tomatoes or jalapenos. The cooker keeps the cheese warm and melted throughout the game.
If you need a simple cold appetizer, look no further than a classic layered dip, which you can often assemble with ingredients you already have on hand. Start with a bottom layer of refried beans, black beans or cream cheese, then layer on whatever toppings you have available. Possible toppings include shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, olives and cheese.
Keep Ready-Made Snacks on Hand
You always have a plan for game time, the ones that can make or break the season, but what do you do when a buddy calls you at 5 p.m. and wants to watch tonight's match-up in your man cave? Even if you don't have time to prepare a game-night feast, you can serve some satisfying nibbles if you keep ready-made snacks on hand.
Resealable containers keep pretzel sticks and other snacks fresh so you always have some munchies to offer when the guys stop by unexpectedly. Variety packs of chips let everyone pick their favorite flavors, and the smaller packages keep food from going stale. Trail mix is another filling snack you can throw together using any combination of ready-made sweet and salty ingredients, including peanuts, dried fruit and chocolate candy. These options are handy for impromptu gatherings, and they also help stretch your offerings if your invited guests bring friends along for the fun.
Appetizers are a budget-friendly way to feed a large group on game day, and having an extensive repertoire of recipes means you can serve something new each week. When planning your menu, check on whether anyone has special preferences or food allergies. Assembling a variety of snacks lets you create something unique for someone who is a vegetarian or on a gluten-free diet, showing your guests that you care about their needs.
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