Our Best Game Day Snacks

Our Best Game Day Snacks
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Our Best Game Day Snacks

Check out this slideshow for some delicious game day snack ideas.

Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets pair well with a creamy ranch dip. If you can’t find coarse breadcrumbs, substitute Grape-Nuts cereal instead.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Tomato Salsa with Cucumber Chips

The good news is that this healthy take on the traditional chips-and-salsa combo is nearly fat-free and super-refreshing. The antioxidant-rich salsa is delicious served right after it's made, but the flavors meld nicely after a day or two in the refrigerator.

Get the Recipe: Tomato Salsa with Cucumber Chips

Smoked Trout Spread

Inspired by the classic combination of bagels with lox and cream cheese, Tory Miller devised this variation using smoked, locally raised trout and homemade English muffins. It would be equally good on other breads, such as a baguette, or even the bagel that inspired it.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Trout Spread

Touch Down Texas Toast

Crisp and cheesy Pepperidge Farm® Texas Toast is topped with refried beans, sour cream, green onions and Pace® Chunky Salsa to make outstanding appetizers.

Get the Recipe: Touch Down Texas Toast

Vanilla Fruit Tarts

Here's a refreshing and versatile dessert that works for any occasion. It's not only easy to make, but it allows you to highlight whatever fruit is in season.

Get the Recipe: Vanilla Fruit Tarts

Butternut Squash and Sage Wontons

"Wonton wrappers are terrific for making ravioli when you don't have time to make homemade pasta," says Jill Donenfeld. The wontons here, filled with mashed butternut squash and roasted garlic, get nice and crispy when sautéed in a touch of oil, but they're also delicious when steamed.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash and Sage Wontons

Maple-Chipolte Hot Wings Recipe

Who doesn't love wings on game day? These will add a kick to any tailgate or party.

Get the Recipe: Maple Chipolte Hot Wings

Mexican Lime Jerky

Spiked with jalapeños and fresh lime juice, this zingy jerky was inspired in part by Rachel Graville's stint as sous-chef at a Mexican resort.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Lime Jerky

Creamy Spinach Dip

Try this light spinach dip made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. It will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving when compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Spinach Dip

Artichoke-and-Spinach Dip

We like to serve this dip at winter tailgates because it travels well and is simple to eat (no plates or forks necessary). When the weather is very cold, you can reheat this creamy, slightly spicy dip in a skillet on a portable grill, but it's also delicious at room temperature.

Get the Recipe: Artichoke-and-Spinach-Dip


Game day is just as much about the food as it is about the game, which is why every game day party needs some delicious game day snacks. Win or lose, these snacks are guaranteed crowd pleasers.

We aren't talking about cheese and crackers. These unique snacks will leave your guests craving more. Check out the slideshow above to see what we're talking about.

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