12 Killer Appetizers for the Big Game
These mouth-watering appetizers for the Big Game (or anytime) will leave you drooling!
Let’s be honest.
One of the best parts about gathering with friends for in-home game night, television night, happy hour, football match-up or a birthday celebration is diving into all the foods that you never see or eat *except* at parties: sliders, egg rolls, mini meatballs…
The list of deliciousness goes on and on!
There’s a little something for everyone here in this list of appetizers, including vegetarian options (or easily converted), allergy-friendly and meat-eater recipes.
Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Casserole
This recipe is one of my tried and true party favorites. Melty ooey-gooey cheese, hot ham, ablity to be prepped the night before AND feeds a crowd. It’s no wonder this appetizer’s been pinned over 100,000 times on Pinterest!
Spicy Pineapple Lime Chicken Nachos
“These are not just any regular ole nachos. My spicy pineapple lime chicken nachos are layered with flavor: creamy guacamole, smoky salsa, gooey cheese, tangy yogurt, bite-sized pieces of pineapple and of course the sweet-tangy chicken tossed in a homemade pineapple lime sauce. The perfect blend of sweet, tangy and savory.”
The Best Cowboy Caviar Recipe: A Healthy Obsession
“Every time I’ve made this recipe since trying it for the first time in Hilton Head, it has gotten devoured and I have been praised many times over for making it. It’s definitely one of those ‘keeper’ recipes that you will use over and over for parties and gatherings.”
Easy Onion Appetizers - Ripped Jeans & Bifocals
“If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer or something to take to a potluck during this season of partying, have I got something for you. While this take a little bit of time to put together, it’s ridiculously easy and looks nice. This gives the illusion that you went to more effort than you actually did … sort of like my makeup routine.”
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
These roasted brussels sprouts with bacon might not look like the traditional party appetizer, but I assure you they’ll be devoured like there’s no tomorrow! Having vegetarians over? Just omit the bacon, or serve it on the side. Mmm…
Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs
“There are countless versions of this slow cooker recipe, and most of them are frozen meatballs, grape jelly and chili sauce. This version has Worcestershire and mustard in it, which my family loved, loved, loved, and it added maybe forty-five seconds to the prep time. I also used homemade meatballs, because I’m crazy, and while I am happy to eat previously frozen meatballs, homemade meatballs are just so much better.”
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
“We’ve been doing a lot of homegating this year, partying with friends and family at home while we watch the game, instead of tailgating at the stadium and that means we’ve had to come up with some new recipes that are quick to make but can please a crowd. These buffalo chicken sliders may be my favorite one so far!”
Bacon & Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups - The Shirley Journey
“Charlie loves pizza, but only cheese. I’m more of a meat-lovers fan. When I saw the Hormel Pepperoni and the Hormel Black Label Bacon in our box, I immediately thought about pizza. And what’s better than pizza? Dippable Pizza!”
Bacon, Cheese, & Mushroom Chick Fil A Nuggets Recipe
“The combination of the delicious Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets with the sliced mushrooms, cheese, and bacon was heaven on a toothpick. I would consider this a relatively heavy appetizer. Eat 2 or 3 and you’re pretty satisfied.”
Vegetarian Spring Rolls
One of our recent favorites is the recipe for vegetarian spring rolls and sweet chili sauce. They are addictive. We have been making them with wonton wrappers, so they are mini-sized. They are filled with a variety of veggies – bean sprouts, snow peas, carrots, spinach, etc. And we are able to use mostly things we have in the freezer from last season. The wonton wrappers get crispy and golden when fried and the filling is flavored with soy sauce and ginger.
Crock Pot Chex Mix
“I love Chex mix. It reminds me of my childhood in a wonderfully nostalgic way, and it embodies all of the characteristics of my favorite snacks: crunchy, garlicky, salty, and buttery. This Crock Pot Chex mix tastes just like the original, and while I’m not sure it’s easier than that classic recipe, it’ll make your house smell soooo good.”
“This really might be one of the easiest appetizer recipes ever! It is so simple and one that everyone loves if they like jalapeño popper! This is a healthier version without the cheese, breading and frying. I love anything spicy and jalapeño poppers are one of my favorite football season foods! These jalapeño poppers are Paleo, gluten- free and dairy- free!”
Last Updated on January 29, 2020 by Liza Hawkins
All I have to say is thank you and pinned for next weekend now!! 🙂
That is an amazing list and I totally want to make those veggie spring rolls! I will share on my FB page this week – so happy to have found your site!
I’ve been wanting to make that hot ham and cheese casserole forever! I was going to make subs with every imaginable topping, but now I’m thinking I can do that instead. I can still have a bunch of toppings, right?!
The Dusty Parachute
I think I’ll make the veggie spring rolls for me and the pizza roll ups for the kids. So fun to see everyone’s yummy ideas!