24 Game Day Appetizers That Belong At Your Football Watch Party
Game day in the South serves as a sacred day dedicated to football, friends, and the tastiest dishes around. Whether you're hosting a game day gathering in your backyard, attending a friend’s party, or tailgating at the game, appetizers are a must-have for football Saturdays in the South. These easy dishes are sure to please any game day crowd while they cheer on their favorite team. Some appetizers, like Alabama Fire Cracker Saltines or Broccoli Salad Dip, can be made ahead if you'll be busy until kickoff. Others, like Corn and Jalapeno Dip or Spicy White Cheese Dip, easily come together with the help of your trusty slow cooker. Who needs a meal when you have the tastiest dips and deviled eggs in front of you while you watch the game? Gather around the appetizer table and fill up on these delicious appetizers and root on your favorite team with these must-have recipes.
Bacon Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Bacon Deviled Eggs
What's better than deviled eggs? Savory bacon deviled eggs, of course.
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Pepper Jelly Glaze
Our homemade baked chicken wings pairs perfectly with a pepper jelly glaze that is certainly game day approved.
Smoky Kimchi Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Smoky Kimchi Pimiento Cheese
This smoky spread deserves a spot on your appetizer table.
Recipe: Garlic-Butter Shrimp
This savory Garlic-Butter Shrimp might be the main attraction at your tailgate.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
Using sweet potatoes gives a taste of fall to this classic Southern appetizer.
Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
You are only two ingredients away from creating this easy appetizer. We suggest doubling the recipe because they are sure to fly off the plate.
Pull Apart Pizza Bread
Recipe: Pull Apart Pizza Bread
Serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.
Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Recipe: Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
This recipe makes enchiladas into the perfect hearty appetizer.
Alabama Fire Cracker Saltines
Recipe: Fire Crackers Recipe
These addictive crackers don't even require you to turn on the oven.
Baked BLT Dip
Recipe: Baked BLT Dip
The classic sandwich remade into a crowd-pleasing dip.
Buffalo-Style Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
Recipe: Buffalo-Style Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
Start with store-bought waffle fries and end with a game day appetizer that every guest will love.
Hot-Sauce-and-Honey Chicken Dip
Recipe: Hot-Sauce-and-Honey Chicken Dip
Hot sauce and rotisserie chicken come together to create an easy, quintessential game day dip.
Recipe: Crack Crackers
Dress up store-bought crackers with this recipe from Elizabeth Heiskell’s cookbook What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up.
Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Recipe: Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Although this dip doesn't require any cooking, you will need to refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.
Corn and Jalapeño Dip
Recipe: Corn and Jalapeño Dip
You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of chips to serve alongside this dip. Just stir together all the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it do the rest of the work.
Buffalo Chicken-Cheese Dip
Recipe: Buffalo Chicken-Cheese Dip
Let this dip cook in in the slow cooker while you are preparing for guests to arrive.
Recipe: Party-Perfect Meatballs
These homemade meatballs can be made-ahead and frozen until you are ready to serve.
Cornmeal Tarts with Ricotta Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Cornmeal Tarts with Ricotta Pimiento Cheese
The tarts can be made and frozen ahead of time. Just thaw, fill, and bake when you're ready to serve.
Broccoli Salad Dip
Recipe: Broccoli Salad Dip
This quick and easy dip can be chilled in the fridge for up to three days.
Spicy White Cheese Dip
Recipe: Spicy White Cheese Dip
Serve straight out of the slow cooker (set to warm) to keep this cheese dip perfectly melty throughout the entire game.
Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip
We suggest making more than one batch of these bacon-wrapped potatoes.
Andouille Mini Dogs
Recipe: Andouille Mini Dogs
Dinner rolls create the perfect foundation for cocktail sausages.
Spicy-Sweet Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Deviled Eggs
Garnish with fresh chives to create a football-inspired design.
Recipe: Potato Skins
Classic potato skins are given an upgrade with a topping of classic pimiento cheese.