5 Game-Day Recipes We Love

Our favorite recipes for the big game


Super-bowl Sunday is around the corner, and if you’re anything like us, the big game is as much about the food as it is about the football. So, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite, tried-and-true game-day recipes, all delicious, easy to prepare, and guaranteed to please a crowd.

(Plus, check out all the great ways to serve your snacks during our Game Time event starting January 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. EST).

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1. Lots of Layers Dip
There are about as many versions of seven-layer dip as there are teams in the NFL, and that’s the beauty of it: just add or subtract ingredients (ground beef, sour cream, and olives are common substitutions) to make it your own.

Serves: 6-8

1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1  16 oz can refried beans
1 cup prepared guacamole
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican-blend cheese
½ cup scallions, chopped
½ cup tomatoes, diced
½ cup shredded iceberg lettuce

Allow cream cheese to soften at room temperature for 15 minutes, and spread at bottom of a glass baking or pie dish. Layer refried beans, guacamole, and salsa on top of cream cheese. Top with cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, scallions and shredded lettuce. Serve with tortilla chips or celery and carrot sticks.

2. Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls
This spicy appetizer is everything you love about buffalo chicken wings, without all the mess.

Makes 8 egg rolls
8 egg roll wrappers
8oz light cream cheese, room temperature
2 Tablespoons ranch dip mix
1lb chicken breast, cooked and shredded
Buffalo sauce

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the cream cheese and ranch dip mix, then load into a piping bag or ziplock bag and snip the corner off. Mix chicken with enough sauce to make it saucy. Lay an egg roll wrapper out on a dry, clean surface in a diamond shape, pipe a line of cream cheese filling in the center, then add 2-3 Tablespoons buffalo chicken on top. Wet all four edges of the egg roll wrapper with water. Fold the bottom half up and push back on the filling to make it snug. Fold both sides over, and continue rolling all the way to the top. Place the egg rolls on a non-stick sprayed, foil-lined baking sheet. Spray the tops with non-stick spray and bake for 20 minutes, flipping the egg rolls halfway through.

Image by Kaitlin Madden

3. Simple Southwestern-Style Salad
This healthy salad is quick to prepare  and delicious. It’s also a great option for those with dietary restrictions, since it’s easy to make gluten free–just ensure you choose gluten free Italian dressing mix (most are, but check the label). To turn it into a dip, just serve with tortilla chips.

Serves: 6-8
2 avocados, diced
1 lime
1 cup sweet corn, drained
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 package Italian dressing mix
Tortilla chips (optional)

Cut lime in half. In a medium-sized bowl, squeeze lime halves over diced avocado and mix lightly. Add corn, beans, pepper and tomatoes. Add Italian dressing mix and toss until evenly distributed. Serve  as a side dish, or with tortilla chips.

4. Game-Day Turkey Chili
There are few foods more synonymous with football than chili. This version is easy, healthy, and delicious.

Serves: 4

1 lb ground turkey
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans southwestern style or fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 can sweet corn
1 package chili seasoning
1 red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tbsp. barbecue sauce
Hot sauce (optional)
Shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground turkey in a skillet. While turkey is cooking, drain and rinse beans, and add to a large pot, along with tomatoes, chili seasoning, bell pepper, barbecue sauce and 3/4 of the red onion. Add cooked turkey and stir. Simmer on low for one hour, adding hot sauce to taste throughout. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and remainder of the red onion.

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5. Spicy Cheddar Cheese Football
This festive cheese spread is the perfect accompaniment for crackers, bread or crudites.

Serves 10
Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
3 cups shredded aged Cheddar
1 cup grated romano
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups toasted pecans, finely chopped in a food processor
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped in a food processor
Sriracha sauce
Chips, veggies or hunks of crusty French bread, for serving

Combine the cream cheese, Cheddar, romano, sour cream, hot sauce and Worcestershire in a bowl. Using a handheld mixer, whip until combined. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary. Plop the cheese mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover in plastic wrap. Using your hands, mold the cheese into a football shape. Remove the plastic, cover evenly with the nuts and cranberries and, using Sriracha, draw football laces on top. Set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. Serve with chips, veggies or hunks of crusty French bread

Recipes 1, 3 and 4 adapted by Kaitlin Madden. Recipe 2 by iowagirleats.com. Recipe 5 by foodnetwork.com.