25 Game Day Recipes to Score Big Points With Guests

The Big Game is here. Now it's the time to menu plan.

"Pigs" in a Blanket
Mitch Mandel

The teams have been chosen and the date has been set. Now, with the biggest football Game Day quickly approaching, it's time to choose the menu, chill the beer, and get ready to cheer on your team.

More: 13 Pairing Ideas for Smarter Snacks

Whether you're hosting or attending a party for the Big Game, making and bringing a tray of snacks is crucial. Skip the store-bought (and often calorie-loaded) packaged foods, and opt for homemade instead.

Here, we've put together your ultimate snack menu. Full of wings, sliders, dips, and more, check out these yummiest Game Day snack recipes to get your (healthy) football Sunday started.

Korean BBQ Wings
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Korean BBQ Wings

You can't have a football-viewing party without wings. The best thing about the classic game-watching indulgence is just how many ways they can be prepared. This recipe for Korean BBQ wings has an Asian-inspired flair that'll surely satisfy your taste buds. 

Get the Korean BBQ Wings recipe from Guy Gourmet

Classic Mexican Guacamole
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Classic Mexican Guacamole

At just 118 calories per serving, this classic Mexican guacamole recipe is both perfectly spicy and diet-friendly. Isn't that the ideal combo?

Get the Classic Mexican Guacamole from Avocados from Mexico

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Turkey-Feta Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Dipping Sauce
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Turkey-Feta Meatballs

The tahini, sesame seeds, and feta cheese in these cocktail meatballs add moisture and flavor to lean ground turkey as well as a sizable amount of protein. Sumac, used to season the yogurt dip, is a deep red spice with a slightly sour tang common in Middle Eastern dishes.

Get the Turkey-Feta Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Dipping Sauce recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Skillet Chilaquiles
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Skillet Chilaquiles

Tortillas, covered in hot and spicy sauces, eggs, herbs, and cheeses, make up this skillet chilaquiles dish that will bring major heat to any Game Day party. This easy-to-prepare dish only takes 30 minutes, start to finish, before you're devouring the entire pan. 

Get the Skillet Chilaquiles recipe from HelloFresh

Brussels Sprout Poppers With Orange-Poppy Seed Dipping Sauce
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Brussels Sprout Poppers

Already bite-size, Brussels sprouts were tailor-made for easy party fare like this. Roasting creates an addictive caramelized flavor, and wooden picks are the only utensils you'll need for serving these healthy appetizers.

Get the Brussels Sprout Poppers With Orange-Poppy Seed Dipping Sauce from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

 
 
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Toasted Pumpkin Seed Dip

"This recipe is a subtle take on one of my favorite Mayan dishes called Sikil Pak," says Matteo Silverman, a Sonoma, California–based executive chef of Chalk Hill Cookery. "It is a savory blend of toasted ground pumpkin seeds mixed with a puree of roasted onion, garlic, and sun-dried tomato. Serve with your favorite chips, crackers, sliced veggies, or tortillas. This is the recipe you want to try if you are looking for something new and simple to prepare."

Get the Toasted Pumpkin Seed Dip With Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

Botanero Guacamole
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Botanero Guacamole

Ready for another healthy (and hearty) guacamole recipe? This botanero one will deliver. With guajillo chiles, sesame seeds, peanuts, pineapples, and jicama, your guests will not expect the surprising fusion of flavors, but they'll be back for more. 

Get the Botanero Guacamole recipe from Avocados from Mexico

Mustard-Glazed Snack Mix
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Mustard-Glazed Snack Mix

Trail mix may seem like a Game Day given, but oftentimes, the snack can run you—at the very least—400 calories. This slightly spicy mix, however, registers at only 165 calories per serving. Feel free to reach for seconds. 

Get the Mustard-Glazed Snack Mix recipe from The Sugar Solution

 
 
Spiced Turkey Chili
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Spiced Turkey Chili

The chilly February temperatures won't phase you or your guests once you can warm up with this spiced turkey chili. The addition of chili powder makes the entire dish a peppery eruption that's also good for the waistline. 

Get the Spiced Turkey Chili from HelloFresh

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Asian Pork Sliders

Marinating the tenderloin in a pineapple juice and garlic mixture tenderizes it and imparts a savory-sweet flavor. If you can't spare any time in the morning, marinate the pork for as long as you can before cooking (up to an hour at room temperature; any longer and it should be refrigerated). 

Get the Asian Pork Sliders with Magic Miso Mayo recipe from Keepers

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Beer-Cooked Veggie Sliders

"By cooking shredded vegetables in an all-American, sweet-and-sour sauce of tomatoes, beer, vinegar, and brown sugar, we can morph them into a dinner-party version of the classic summer pulled pork sandwich," say Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarborough in their book Vegetarian Dinner Parties.

Bust out the dark porter to sip as you enjoy these beer-based beauties, and have some napkins on hand.  

Get the Beer-Cooked Veggie Sliders recipe from Vegetarian Dinner Parties

 
 
Caveman Guacamole
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Caveman Guacamole

Now this is guacamole, taken to the next level. Filled with chorizo, chiles, queso fresco, and many more hearty ingredients, this guacamole could easily stand alone as its own meal. Pair it with any healthy dips for more alternatives. 

Get the Caveman Guacamole recipe from Avocados from Mexico

Coconut-Crusted Chicken Fingers
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Coconut-Crusted Chicken Fingers

Kids and adults alike will find themselves gobbling these chicken fingers up. The coconut-Panko breading fuses into a sweet and crunchy outer shell, and served with smoky-sweet oven fries and garlic green beans gives you a main dish worthy of the big occasion. 

Get the Coconut-Crusted Chicken Fingers recipe from HelloFresh

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SoCal Gourmet Carrot Dog

We get that hot dogs are fairly standard fare, but as a crunchy superfood, carrots are a stellar alternative. Wrapped in a bun and covered in veggies and spices, they're serious gourmet eats. 

Get the SoCal Gourmet Carrot Dog recipe from Thug Kitchen Party Grub

 
 
Loaded nachos with queso and guacamole
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Loaded Nachos With Queso & Guacamole

As the Thug Kitchen writers state (warning: explicit language ahead): "A plate of these gorgeous motherf******s just screams party. We give you an idea below on how to pile your s*** correctly, but take the damn queso and run with it. #nachobusiness."

Get the Loaded Nachos With Queso & Guacamole recipe from Thug Kitchen Party Grub

Pre-Game-Jitters Fritters
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Pre-Game-Jitters Fritters

All you need are 30 minutes to get these corn fritters on the menu for the game.

Get the Pre-Game-Jitters Fritters recipe from A Man, A Can, A Tailgate Plan

Pig In A Pinwheel
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Pig In A Pinwheel

Some lean ham, reduced-fat cream cheese, and a crescent roll make up this yummy bite-sized snack.

Get the Pig In A Pinwheel recipe from A Man, A Can, A Tailgate Plan

 
 
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Salmon Slider Bites

A little seafood dish will give your guests a change of pace from the typical dip, burger, chili offerings. 

Get the Salmon Slider Bites recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

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Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Prepare for a kick of spice thanks to the cayenne pepper sauce.

Get the Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

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Southern Crab Cakes

In the South, crab cakes are on the spicy side and you will see that that is all to the good.

Get the Southern Crab Cakes recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Spinach Puffs
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Spinach-Tofu Puffs

These bites may be prepared in advance and then frozen (unbaked). When ready to use, thaw for 10 to 15 minutes and then bake as directed.

Get the Spinach-Tofu Puffs recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Baked Potato Skins with Bacon and Cheddar

Peeling potatoes is tedious, but what's worse is that you're throwing away a wealth of nutrients. This recipe lets you enjoy both parts of the tuber, and baking the skins to a crisp instead of deep frying makes this favorite restaurant appetizer guilt-free.

Get the Baked Potato Skins with Bacon and Cheddar recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Chipotle-Turkey Meatballs
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Chipotle-Turkey Meatballs

You can find cans of chipotle peppers (smoked jalapenos) in adobo sauce in Latin American markets and in the ethnic aisle of most supermarkets. Once you've opened a can, transfer the chipotles, in their sauce, to a container and refrigerate or freeze.

Get the Chipotle-Turkey Meatballs recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Buffalo Meatball Sandwich
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Buffalo Meatball Sandwich

Ground buffalo makes this meatball sandwich low in fat and rich in flavor.

Get the Buffalo Meatball Sandwich recipe from The New Abs Diet Cookbook

"Pigs" in a Blanket
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"Pigs" in a Blanket

They're classic fare at most sports-watching parties, but these nitrate-free, extra-lean pigs-in-a-blanket are the treats you can feel good about eating.

Get the "Pigs" in a Blanket recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

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