25 Irresistible Game Day Appetizers That Will Score Big with Your Guests

Sunday football is a time for family, friends, and good food. And what’s better than noshing on some delicious appetizers while you cheer on your favorite team? Whether you’re hosting a party or just watching the game at home, there are plenty of easy and delicious appetizers that you can make. From classic finger foods like wings to more creative options like bacon-wrapped mushrooms, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Honey Soy Chicken Wings

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Honey soy chicken wings are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer or weeknight meal. These wings are crispy and crave-worthy, the perfect combination of savory and sweet. Serve them with your favorite dip or side dishes such as ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, celery sticks, carrot sticks, or rice, and enjoy! Get the recipe: Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Crack Corn Dip

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Crack corn dip is a creamy, cheesy, and savory dip that will surely please everyone who tries it. It’s made with a combination of cream cheese, corn, bacon, cheddar cheese, and jalapenos and loaded with flavor. This dip is great for parties, game days, potlucks, or snacks. It’s also a great way to diversify your normal appetizer rotation. Get the recipe: Crack Corn Dip

Beer Boiled Peel and Eat Shrimp

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Beer-boiled shrimp is a classic appetizer that is both delicious and easy to make. The shrimp are cooked in a spicy Old Bay seasoned beer broth, which gives them a unique flavor. This versatile shrimp appetizer can be served warm or cold. Whether you’re hosting a party, watching the game, or just looking for a tasty snack, beer-boiled shrimp are a great option. Get the recipe: Beer Boiled Shrimp

Chili Cheese Dip

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Chili cheese dip is a quick and easy appetizer packed with flavor. It has three simple ingredients: cream cheese, chili, and shredded cheese. The cream cheese provides a smooth and creamy base, while the chili and shredded cheese add flavor and texture. This flavorful dip can be served warm or cold. It is typically served with tortilla chips, pita chips, or crackers. Get the recipe: Chili Cheese Dip

Air Fryer Pickles

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Experience the irresistible flavors and satisfying crunch of traditional fried pickles but without the oily aftermath and kitchen chaos. Elevate your snacking game with these fun crunchy pickles and savor them alongside your preferred dipping sauce for the perfect appetizer or snack! We like to spice it up by dipping them in a ranch sriracha sauce. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Pickles

Shrimp Dip

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Ready to elevate your next gathering? Our delectable shrimp dip, with its creamy, irresistible blend of shrimp, cheese, and zesty goodness, is sure to steal the spotlight. Prepare this crowd-pleasing dip for your guests and watch it disappear within minutes, leaving everyone craving more. Delight in the satisfaction of serving a dish that’s as unforgettable as the memories you’re creating. Get the recipe: Shrimp Dip

Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites

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Indulge in the irresistible allure of air fryer pork belly bites, where the exterior boasts glorious crispiness while the interior remains juicy and tender. Crafted with minimal ingredients, your first bite of these pork belly morsels will leave you utterly captivated by how delicious they are that you’ll it find it impossible to resist this delectable dish. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Pork Belly Bites

Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

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These bacon-wrapped mushrooms serve as the epitome of indulgence, making them an ideal appetizer for your most discerning guests or a comforting yet sophisticated snack for your quiet moments of culinary indulgence. Once you savor that first bite, you’ll find it impossible to resist reaching for another, and another, until the plate is empty. Get the recipe: Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

Beef Chile con Queso

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Elevate your culinary repertoire with the delightful indulgence of beef chile con queso, a masterpiece that marries the tantalizing fusion of cheese, spice, and savory beef. This delectable creation is a feast for the senses, where tender beef, zesty chiles, and aromatic onions harmonize with a velvety, molten cheese, transforming into a rich and spicy dip that will enchant your taste buds. Get the recipe: Beef Chile con Queso

Baked Coconut Shrimp

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Delight in our crispy baked coconut shrimp, a recipe that boasts a delicious balance of lightness and crunch. Paired perfectly with a unique apricot dipping sauce, this creation redefines the art of the appetizer. While it may be a healthier alternative to traditional fried shrimp, it doesn’t compromise one bit on the incredible flavors you crave. Prepare to fall head over heels for this irresistible starter. Get the recipe: Baked Coconut Shrimp

Warm Crab Dip

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Enjoy the indulgence with our warm crab dip, a recipe that exudes creaminess, cheesiness, and the irresistible essence of crab meat. As you dip into this seafood dip with pita chips or crackers, you’ll unlock the secret to the ultimate party appetizer, a dish that invites your taste buds on a journey of pure delight. Get the recipe: Warm Crab Dip


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Bruschetta is a culinary gem that transcends occasions, whether you’re gathering with family, hosting a girls’ night in, or enjoying casual get-togethers. This classic Italian appetizer is a visual wonder, with its vibrant ingredients elegantly heaped upon toasted bread slices, resembling a work of art that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. Get the recipe: Bruschetta

Bourbon Bacon Jam

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Enjoy a flavor adventure with our tasty bourbon bacon jam, a must-try recipe for bacon enthusiasts. This savory and sweet bacon spread will capture your taste buds’ affections, creating an irresistible pairing with creamy brie, artisan bread, and crisp crackers. Get ready to savor a mouthwatering treat that embodies the perfect fusion of smoky bacon and the rich complexity of bourbon, making it a culinary experience you won’t want to miss. Get the recipe: Bacon Bourbon Jam

Steak Taquitos

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Crafting flavorful steak taquitos is a breeze, and you’ll find this recipe delightfully uncomplicated, requiring only a handful of ingredients. Feel free to use any steak or roast you have on hand to create these delectable treats. Dipping these taquitos in a flavorful salsa, sour cream, or guacamole. Get the recipe: Steak Taquitos

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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When it comes to versatile crowd-pleasers, air fryer chicken wings take the crown. Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party or seeking the ideal appetizer for a combo meal, these wings fit the bill. What makes them even more appealing is the convenience of your air fryer. Discover the distinctive flavor brought to life by a unique blend of herbs and spices, and let the air fryer effortlessly handle the cooking. Get the recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Bourbon Meatballs

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These bourbon meatballs are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that will surely please everyone who tries them. They are made with juicy ground beef, flavorful breadcrumbs, and a hint of sweetness from the Parmesan cheese. The meatballs are simmered in a sweet and savory bourbon sauce, giving them a unique and irresistible flavor. They can be served at potlucks and tailgating parties. Get the recipe: Bourbon Meatballs

Avocado Cilantro Dip

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Avocado cilantro dip is a creamy and refreshing appetizer perfect for any party. It is made with just a few simple ingredients and is packed with flavor. Avocado cilantro dip is perfect for serving at game-day festivities, potlucks, or barbecues. It can be served with various foods, such as chips, crackers, vegetables, or even as a spread on sandwiches or wraps. Get the recipe: Avocado Cilantro Dip

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Livers

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Bacon-wrapped chicken livers are a savory and indulgent appetizer that is a unique and delicious treat. They are made with chicken livers wrapped in bacon and baked or grilled until cooked through. The bacon adds a smoky and salty flavor to the livers, which themselves are rich and creamy. The result is a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that will please chicken liver lovers everywhere. Get the recipe: Bacon Wrapped Chicken Livers

Chili con Queso Dip

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Chile con queso is a creamy, cheesy dip made with melted cheese and chili peppers. It is a popular Tex-Mex appetizer or side dish and will surely be a hit with your guests. This recipe requires a few simple ingredients and can be served with various foods, such as tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers, or vegetables. It can also be used as a topping for tacos, burritos, or quesadillas. Get the recipe: Chile con Queso

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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Bacon-wrapped scallops are a delicious and elegant appetizer that is sure to impress your guests. They are made with succulent scallops that are marinated, wrapped in smoky bacon, and baked to perfection. The combination of bacon and seafood is simply irresistible. This recipe is easy to follow and produces delicious results. Get the recipe: Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Mushroom Spinach Quesadillas

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Mushroom and spinach quesadillas are a delicious and satisfying vegetarian appetizer or main course that only takes a short time to prepare. They are made with soft tortillas filled with a flavorful combination of cheese and veggies, including mushrooms, spinach, and shredded cheese. And then cooked to a satisfying crisp outside with cheesy inside. Get the recipe: Mushroom Spinach Quesadillas

Chorizo Dip

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Chorizo dip is a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that is made with chorizo sausage, cheese, and other simple ingredients, and it is packed with flavor. The chorizo gives the dip its signature smoky and spicy flavor, while the cheese provides a gooey and melted texture. The other ingredients, such as tomatoes, onions, and garlic, add additional flavor and depth. Get the recipe: Chorizo Dip

Strawberry Salsa

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Strawberry salsa is a delicious and versatile appetizer or snack that can be made with just a few simple ingredients. It is also very easy to make and can be assembled in just a few minutes. It’s perfect on tortilla chips, pita chips, and dolloped in tacos, burrito bowls or quesadillas. Get the recipe: Strawberry Salsa

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

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Bacon-wrapped shrimp are a classic and beloved appetizer that is sure to become a family favorite. They are made with simple ingredients, including shrimp, bacon, and a few seasonings, and they can be prepared in just a few minutes. Bacon pairs so well with shrimp; that everyone will delight in the smoky and salty flavor. Get the recipe: Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Pepperoni Pizza dip

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Pepperoni pizza dip is a quick and easy appetizer that is sure to please your guests. With its savory pepperoni, melty cheese, and flavorful marinara sauce, it’s a cheesy, savory delight that is perfect to serve friends. Whether you’re having a game night, or just looking for a tasty snack, pepperoni pizza dip is the perfect choice. It’s also a great way to use up leftover pizza sauce and cheese. Get the recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Dip

17 Crave-Worthy Side Dishes

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Need some inspiration for your next side dish? Check out our collection of favorite side dishes, featuring recipes for everything from classic comfort foods to healthy and creative options. We have something to please everyone, so you’re sure to find the perfect side dish to complete your meal. GET THE RECIPES

Check out our Dinner Recipes

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My Dinner recipes are hearty and protein-rich, with a focus on meats and seafood. I enjoy eating and cooking hearty meals because they nourish my family and me. We also have vegetarian, and special diet options as well. GET THE RECIPES

Look at our Wide Range of Cocktails

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Spice up your next party with these unique and delicious cocktail recipes! From creative twists on classic favorites to all-new concoctions, we have the perfect drink for every occasion and taste. GET THE RECIPES

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From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to food journalist, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted cocktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.

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  1. I love this collection of recipes. It’s fun to look at them all together. I’ve made at least 4 of these. Thanks, Elaine. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these posts.

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