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5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Dec 1, 2022, 8:00 AM | Updated: Jun 10, 2024, 1:47 pm

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Nothing beats a game you can watch at home. When it’s too cold for tailgating or too crowded at a sports bar, watch the game from the comfort of your couch while spending time with your family! Try these game-day snacks to make watching football feel like a special occasion. 

Here are some quick, simple snacks you can put together. They are all easy to make and sure to please hungry crowds.

Ham and cheese sliders

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Buns

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Take your grilled cheese game up a notch with these ham and cheese sliders. Brushing it with delicious sauce gives it a unique flavor. You might need to double the batch! 

Ingredients: 

  • 12 slider rolls, split
  • 12 slices of ham
  • 6 slices provolone cheese, halved
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions: 

  1. Place the slices of ham and cheese on the bottom bun, and top it off with the other half of the bun
  2. Melt the butter and whisk together the remainder of the liquids
  3. Brush the mixture on top of the buns
  4. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes 

French onion chip dip

Chips and Chip Dip

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Ingredients: 

  • 14 oz sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1.4 oz french onion soup mix

Instructions: 

  1. Mix the ingredients together and let it sit for 10 minutes. 
  2. Serve with Ruffles Ridge Chips

Tater tot nachos

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots

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Napoleon Dynamite would definitely approve of this twist on a classic nacho serving platter. Simply swap out chips for tots and customize the toppings to meet your taste! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bag tater tots, prepared with directions
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 cup. mild cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • Sour cream to taste

Optional

  • Bacon bits
  • Diced onion
  • Refried beans

Instructions: 

  1. Cook the ground beef following the instructions
  2. Follow the directions on the package for baking the tator tots
  3. Layer a row of tots with a layer of toppings, then add another layer of tots with toppings, etc. Stack them up to get the flavor all the way through!

Veggie trays

Fresh Vegetables on Party Tray with Dip

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A veggie tray is a simple way platter to put together on your own with some prepared vegetables or grab a premade one to save on prep time. Make sure you have some ranch dressing or blue cheese for a dip! 

Ingredients: 

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Broccoli 
  • Cauliflower

Peanut butter bars

Homemade peanut butter chocolate cakes

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This recipe, shared by All Recipes, is a step up from your premade peanut butter cups. This requires no baking, but prepare ahead of time since it takes an hour to cool. 

Ingredients: 

Crust: 

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Topping: 

  • 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter

Instructions: 

  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter, and peanut butter in a medium bowl until well-blended. 
  2. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13-inch pan.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips and 4 tbsp peanut butter until smooth, and spread evenly over the crust.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into 12 squares.

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