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If you’re looking for the ULTIMATE Recipes For Game Day, you’ve come to the right place! With College Football season starting up, it’s time to break out all the classic recipes for game days and tailgating. You’re sure to find a winner with everything from cocktails and appetizers to warm dips and Crock Pot recipes!
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This might be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t think you can have a good football watch party without good food… it’s just a must-have in my book! Whether you want to make tons of appetizers and snacks, or you’re looking for a hearty main dish, you can find it right here.
I like to make game-day food no matter how many people are joining us. It doesn’t matter if you’re hosting a small group of friends, attending a potluck, or watching the game with your family, these recipes are sure to impress any crowd.
In this collection, I have included 35 of my most highly requested recipes, all of my go-to dishes for game day celebrations! You can find a wide variety of food from classic dips, wings, and cocktails to cookout foods like Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs and coleslaw. No matter your preferences or tastes, you’re sure to find a new family favorite game day dish!
Delicious Drinks and Cocktail Recipes For Game Day
Made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, this simple drink recipe is perfect for serving at parties, cookouts, during the holidays, or anytime you want a glass of something cool and delicious.
Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
Grenadine and orange juice give this drink its vibrant color, and with a splash of tequila, you’ve got a drink that will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation!
Bourbon Basil Lemonade
Cool, refreshing lemonade with a Southern flair thanks to fresh basil and bourbon. This cocktail is great for parties or whenever you want to sit back and “chill” on a warm summer day!
Grapefruit Salty Dog
Sweet, tart, and salty flavors are what a Grapefruit Salty Dog is all about! It’s refreshing and a great, easy-to-make summer cocktail with a fresh burst of citrus flavor.
Amazing Appetizers and Dips
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, these Air Fryer Chicken Wings are totally irresistible! No oil or marinating is needed for the BEST wings made in about 30 minutes.
Spicy Cheese Cracker Snack Mix
Spicy Cheese Cracker Snack Mix is a homemade treat that’s perfect for parties, game day, or movie night! It’s crunchy, salty, cheesy, and flavorful with a kick of heat. It’s so much better than store-bought and super easy to make.
Black Bean And Corn Salsa
Made with 6 simple ingredients and in just 10 minutes, this salsa makes a great appetizer on its own, but don’t stop there. Serve it as a side dish, or pile it on tacos, salads, eggs, or just about anything!
Garlic Honey Lime Shrimp
Easy to make Garlic Honey Lime Shrimp is sticky, sweet, and spicy with a burst of fresh citrus flavor! This 7-ingredient recipe is great served as an appetizer and will quickly become a favorite main dish at suppertime.
Outrageously Good Stuffed Celery
Celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese, bacon, herbs, and cheddar cheese are outrageously good! Served as an appetizer or snack, this recipe will become a favorite at parties, cookouts, and family gatherings.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Made with slow-cooked buffalo chicken, cheese and loaded with your favorite wing sauce, it’s a hot, creamy dip that will have everyone begging you for the recipe.
Easy Hot Crab Dip
Rich, creamy Hot Crab Dip cooked in a cast-iron skillet is the ultimate appetizer for any party! Your friends and family will be begging for this easy-to-make recipe, loaded with fresh crab meat and perfectly seasoned.
Southwest Ranch Dip
Southwest Ranch Dip is crazy delicious served with carrots, celery, and chips. Plus it’s awesome as a dressing, marinade, or a spread on burgers and wraps.
Pimento Cheese Sausage Dip
Made with sausage, cream cheese, pimento cheese along with green chilies and tomatoes this over this top dip is ideal for game day, tailing or when you’re entertaining.
Main Dishes For Game Day
Carolina Slaw Dogs
A Carolina Slaw Dog is a classic hot dog recipe that deserves a spot at every summer cookout, game-day and tailgate!
Air Fryer Chicken Legs (Drumsticks)
They are juicy on the inside with mouthwatering crispy, crunchy skin. If that were not enough, they are ready to serve in just 25 minutes!
Bloody Mary Chili
If you’re a Bloody Mary fan, then you’ll LOVE this chili! With all the bold flavors of that popular drink, this recipe makes a hearty bowl of goodness that’s loaded with beef, beans, and warm spicy flavors.
Crock Pot Recipes For Game Day
Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip is rich, creamy, and super easy to make in the slow cooker. This cheesy, warm dip with swirls of fresh spinach and artichokes is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s perfect for your next party, game day celebration, or when you’re entertaining.
Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Sliders
With only 5 ingredients, Mississippi Chicken cooked in the slow cooker is tender, juicy, and packed with spicy flavors. This scrumptious recipe is great to serve as an appetizer, for parties, and perfect for game day!
Crock Pot Hawaiian Meatballs
Hawaiian Meatballs smothered in a sweet tangy sauce with pineapple and fresh ginger are cooked low and slow in the crock pot. These succulent meatballs are a slow cooker masterpiece and are great served as an appetizer or main dish!
Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs
Slow-cooked country-style pork ribs are fall off the bone tender and juicy! These meaty ribs are coated in a thick rich sauce flavored with garlic, honey, soy sauce, and chili powder and are perfect for weeknight meals or weekend gatherings.
5-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken
Enjoy this easy-to-make Buffalo Chicken on sandwiches, in dips, salads, sliders, or pizza! Buffalo Chicken made with just 5 ingredients cooked low and slow in the Crock Pot is a recipe with so many uses!
Pasta Salads and Side Dishes
Easy Crock Pot Baked Beans
Slow-Cooked, sweet and savory baked beans with brown sugar and bacon is a side dish recipe that’s pure perfection!
Best Creamy Coleslaw
Extra creamy with a healthy crunch, this coleslaw recipe is the perfect side dish for any cookout, summer lunch, or dinner. Creamy Coleslaw also makes a terrific topping for hot dogs and hamburgers!
Macaroni Salad For A Crowd
Macaroni Salad For A Crowd is an easy to make recipe that’s ideal for potlucks, covered dish suppers or entertaining. This simple recipe with pasta, onions, celery and a creamy dressing is always the first to disappear on the buffet table!
Blue Cheese Coleslaw
The perfect coleslaw with an added kick of blue cheese for all of your grilled burgers.
Sweet Treats and Dessert Recipes For Game Day
Creamy 3-Ingredient Fruit Dip
Creamy, sweet, and made with only 3 ingredients, this fruit dip is terrific served any time of the year! Serve it with your favorite fresh fruit, cookies, or pound cake for a refreshing treat everyone will love.
Super Simple S’mores Brownies
All the flavors of your favorite campfire S’mores turned into brownies, right in your own kitchen! S’mores Brownies are super easy to make with a box brownie mix and then amped up with toasted marshmallows, crispy graham crackers, and chocolate.
No-Bake Butterscotch Cookies
No-Bake Butterscotch Cookies are so hard to resist! Made with crunchy corn flakes, melted butterscotch chips and creamy peanut butter, then dusted with a bit of salt, they are so easy to make you’ll be amazed.
Creamy, dreamy, light, and fluffy is what Chocolate Dip is all about! This decadent treat whipped up in less than 15 minutes is great served with fresh fruit, cookies, or your favorite salty snack.