9 Fun Finger Foods to Serve Football Fans During the Game

9 Fun Finger Foods to Serve Football Fans During the Game

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No matter how many people you have over to watch the game, one thing is for sure: They’re going to get hungry. Also a given? They’re not going to want to glance away from the TV screen for even a second to fuss with food that requires something as cumbersome as cutlery.

Sure, you can just set out bowls of chips and pretzels, but those are hardly satisfying – and no one wants the crowd to turn hangry before the game ends! We’ve gathered our favorite recipes for tasty finger food and other handheld bites so you and your guests can forget the forks (and knives, and spoons – just don’t forget the napkins) and focus on the football.


What snacks do you like to serve friends and family who come over to watch football?

Amanda Genge is a writer, editor, and mom of two boys who is not ashamed to admit that she likes watching football games as much for the snacks as the action on the field.

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  • Flavored Popcorn


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    These 10 sweet and savory variations on a game-time classic are fun for kids and grownups alike. Or go even simpler and serve bowls of plain popcorn with grated cheese and shakers of seasoned or herbed salt alongside.

  • Pepperoni Bread


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    Why serve sloppy pizza slices when you can make this easier-to-eat version of the fan favorite? Use store-bought dough to make the prep even simpler.

  • Nachos Four Ways


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    We’ve got variations of this shareable appetizer to suit every appetite: classic meat and veggie versions, plus an Italian spin (using pita chips and sausage), and even a sweet dessert take. 

  • Biscuit Dough Garlic Knots


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    Even kids can help shape these buttery, herbed twists. They bake up golden brown in just 10 minutes.

  • Buffalo Wings Five Ways


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    Why make just one kind of chicken wing when you can make five, just by varying the finishing sauce? Whether you prefer classic barbecue or want to try something Asian-inspired, we’ve got you (and the wings, natch!) covered.

  • Herbed Meatballs


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    These classic meatballs are a host’s dream: They’re easy to cook, can be made ahead of time and reheated in the oven, and require only a toothpick for serving (or you can tuck them into small buns for easy meatball sandwiches). 

  • Homemade Onion Rings


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    Nothing beats the hot, salty crunch of homemade onion rings, whether baked or fried. (But if you want to take a shortcut and heat up frozen ones in the oven, we won’t tell.)

  • Simple Hummus


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    Once you’ve tried the homemade version of this Middle Eastern dip – and see just how easy it is to do yourself – you might have a hard time going back to store-bought. Serve with pita chips and lots of fresh sliced veggies.

  • Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Sticks


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    Customize a batch of these sweet handheld treats with sanding sugar or sprinkles in the color of your favorite team.

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