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The Best Game Day Recipes: Make-Ahead Dips and Appetizers

Having friends over for a game day party shouldn’t be a superheroic effort on the part of the host.

When you’re settling in for a gamewatch, you want to keep your eyes on the TV, not on something simmering on the stove or counting down with the oven timer.

With Super Bowl commercials and the halftime show being major must-watch events of their own accord, there’s barely a minute where you’d want to step away–not even for a bathroom break.

Actually, at some of our parties, we’ve even been known to put a TV in the powder room for that very reason. Hey, nature’s gonna call over the course of a few hours.

hot cheesy corn dip for parties, via www.goodfoodstories.com
Photo: Casey Barber

That’s why this selection of party dip and appetizer recipes focuses on food you can make ahead of time, long before the first guest rings the doorbell.

No deep frying. No fussy baking. Just a whole bunch of fantastic serve-yourself spreads and snacks that you can set out and let everyone graze from.

And what I’ve learned from my relentless perfectionist streak over the years is that no one really cares how fancy you get at a gamewatch party.

Seven layer dip is a favorite game day and party appetizer - assemble it this way for easier dipping!
Photo: Casey Barber

Sure, they’ll appreciate these amazing game day dips, but it’s totally fine to supplement with store-bought snacks to build out your buffet.

Doritos, in other words, are not something you need to make from scratch for this kind of party.

Supplement with the tried and true stuff, like:

  • Crudité platters
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Pizza (delivery or homemade)
  • Wings from your favorite neighborhood bar
  • Chips and salsa
Collard caesar dip blends hearty shredded greens in a creamy, garlicky spread inspired by the classic salad dressing. Grab a bread bowl.
Photo: Casey Barber

And save your energy for what really matters: immediate judgment of whatever’s happening on the TV. Because isn’t stuffing your face full of dip and complaining loudly with friends what Super Bowl time is all about?

Oh, and don’t forget the koozie bowl!

The Best Game Day Recipes: Make-Ahead Dips and Appetizers

Don't spend your game day in the kitchen! This selection of party dip and appetizer recipes focuses on food you can make ahead of time, long before the first guest rings the doorbell.

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