It’s football season, which means it’s time to pull out the easy entertaining and food ideas. After all, you want to be able to enjoy the game with your friends (and sworn frenemies who root for the other team) instead of spending all your time in the kitchen. Take a look at some of our favorite game-day eats that will make a game-day-lover out of even the least sports-inclined attendees.
Buffalo Chicken Dip: It’s spicy. It’s creamy. It’s loaded with tangy blue cheese. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes. You’ll love it so much, you may well want to marry it.
Stuffed Jalapeños with Bacon and Cheese: Handheld bites of creamy, spicy, bacony goodness aren’t only for game day — but they are the reason everyone will want to watch the big game at your house, regardless of your television size.
Famous Queso Dip: This 10-minute wonder can be made entirely in the microwave (yes, really!) and it will disappear even faster than you made it. Don’t forget tortilla chips and raw veggies to use as dippers!
Slow-Cooker Beef Chili: Anything made in a slow cooker is perfect for game day, because you prep it that morning and by the time people arrive, it’s ready to go. Just set it in the middle of your buffet table with assorted toppings like sour cream, cheese, and diced onions, and let people build their own bowls. Saltine crackers on the side make it a complete (and completely delicious) meal.
Football-Shaped Cookie Balls: Every game day needs a little dose of dessert. These cookies are as adorable as they are delectable.
No-Oven Peanut Butter Squares: A dessert that the kids will want to help make and eat. With some supervision, your little ones can help make these tasty treats and will be so proud to show them off to your guests — that is, if you don’t eat them all before the game even starts.
Bacon-Chipotle-Ranch-Cheesy Football: Normal cheeseballs can take a hike. This glorious centerpiece can be made ahead of time and served with crackers, chips, or cut raw veggies.
Smoky Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Appetizer Bites: These bite-size hot dogs are so delicious you won’t be able to stop eating them. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauces, like BBQ sauce, ketchup, or mustard.
Electric Pressure Cooker Ribs: Let your pressure cooker do all the work! These saucy ribs are sure to impress everyone at the party.