Game Day is here! To keep the crowds well-fed at your game day party here are 10 of my most favorite Game Day Recipes, from appetizers and snacks, mains all the way down to dessert! Sure to keep everyone happy even if their team is down.
Hummus is a great party dip since it comes together quickly and can be made the day before. Once you make your own Homemade Hummus, you'll never go back to store-bought, it's sooo much better!
Why You'll Love it? It only takes a few ingredients and can be made in advance and stored in your fridge!
Who can resist a warm nut? Especially one that's buttery, and sweet and tossed with fresh rosemary?! These Honey Glazed Cashews are the best!
Why You'll Love It? You can control the amount of salt and spice, unlike those packaged varieties!
Next up, for something familiar, yet "gourmet" try my veggie quesadilla and homemade guacamole recipe!
Why You'll Love it? Homemade guacamole takes you "pro". It's one of the easiest things to make, yet people are always so impressed by it! It also allows you to add your own hot sauce and regulate the heat! A veggie quesadilla is the easiest way to pack some healthy nutrients into what would otherwise be a carb and cheese-fest. Let's be honest.
Tip: The "uncooked tortillas" are really great with these! They sell them at Whole Foods in the refrigerated section.
For something on the lighter side, there is always a veggie platter with Green Goddess Dressing!
Why You'll Love it? Because there is always that person who shows up who has just started their diet. They'll be the ones looking for something green and refreshing. It also looks so pretty on a buffet table.
Now for your main courses, and yes I do believe you should give people more than snacks on Game Day. Something needs to soak up all the beer! 🙂 Might I suggest some BBQ Chicken sliders?
Why You'll Love it?: BBQ sliders without the need for the BBQ! You bake the chicken in the oven, shred it and toss it with homemade sauce. It makes a big batch that you can make ahead of time and then just assemble before guests arrive. Or set it all out family-style and let your guests do the assembling! Even easier.
For something fancy and comforting I highly recommend my 'Ultimate Mac & Cheese" a cheesy, saucy concoction that's always a real crowd pleaser!
Why You'll Love it? This is a great one for any picky eaters or kids at the party. It's also perfect lap food that only requires a fork.
Just bake in a large casserole dish and set out some bowls and forks and let everyone serve themselves!
And of course, you can never go wrong with the classics. A grilled burger will always be a hit! Switch things up and try my "Franglais" burger
Why You'll Love it? This is a great "gourmet" burger that's familiar enough for the traditionalists (onion, ketchup, bun, etc) but interesting enough for the foodies (caramelized onions, smokey ketchup, and brioche bun)
Now for some desserts! First up you can go wrong with a classic chocolate chip cookie. And this recipe is my go-to fave!
Why you'll Love it? This cookie is so fantastic because it's "fully-loaded" with chocolate chips, toffee bits, chocolate-covered raisins, and candied walnuts. Need I say more?
Next up, who can resist some decadent chocolate banana bread?
Why You'll Love it? This bread has all the deliciousness of my Ultimate Banana Bread recipe (light crumb, super-moist, beautiful rise) but there's chocolate! Even better!
And finally, for those who would like a little ice cream, there's nothing more impressive than homemade ice cream sandwiches!
Why You'll Love It? The cookie is chewy and full of flavor with just the right amount of spicy ginger. You can make the cookies a day ahead, assemble with store-bought vanilla ice cream, and then place them on a baking sheet and pop them in the freezer until ready to serve. Just watch everyone's expression when you bring these out at half time?!