Football Party Appetizers

Football Party Appetizers

It's game day and you're prepared. Your whole family is wearing their good-luck jerseys (even the dog) and you've cleaned the living room. Your friends are coming over to watch the game in an hour. For game day, you don't just have to serve soda and chips; you can make tasty, even healthy finger foods that your guests can nosh on as they watch their favorite teams.

 

Traditional Football Party Appetizers

Traditionally, food at football parties is bar food: chicken wings, onion rings, and potato chips. You can always go for these options with a spicy chicken wing recipe or some homemade french fries. If you don't have a deep fryer, some of these items will come in a bag that you can put in the oven.

It's also fun to provide teeny tiny snacks like M&Ms, nuts, and raisins. A classic football party appetizer is Chex Mix, which can include the above items. Chex Mix is a pretty neat option because it can be customized multiple ways. You can make it smoky and spicy, with mustard and pretzels. Or you can just add sweet raisins, dried cranberries, and nuts for more of a trail-mix feel.

 

Chips and Dip Appetizers

A lot of football party appetizers utilize the chips and dip form, which can be a great way to get some delicious healthy food in your body. You can make your own salsa or guacamole from scratch, which is definitely preferably to eating it from a can. If you want to go all out, you can make a seven-layer dip with cheese, sour cream, and refried beans. This gives the dish a significant boost of flavor as opposed to just a plain dressing dip.

Spinach and artichoke dip is another popular option for football parties. But unlike nachos or seven-layer dip, you'll want to serve this one with warm sliced baguettes or bagel chips. Spinach and artichoke dip takes about 10 minutes to mix and 20 to bake, so be sure to set aside some time to make it. The exotic blend of spinach, artichoke hearts, and cheese will be sure to delight your guests.

 

Healthy Football Party Appetizers

Football food doesn't have to come loaded with calories. While it's historically loaded with grease and fat, you can always opt to serve some more natural options. Cut apples and oranges into slices and arrange them on a tray, or design a sophisticated cheese and olive platter. Football day doesn't have to ruin the diet you've been on for weeks. You can still choose appetizers that are delicious and yet healthy.

For healthy appetizer ideas, look around your kitchen and assess the ingredients first. If you have whole-wheat bread, you can always spread some organic cheese and meat on it, and cut it into tiny squares for appetizer sandwiches. You can make little lettuce wraps using lettuce as a base for a mixture of cooked chicken, nuts, and raisins. Consider using low-fat fish or lean meats as ingredients for your appetizers. You can still get creative using healthy foods.

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