Score a touchdown at your next bowl game party with these tasty handheld bites and creamy dips.
Few things bring Southerners together quite like football season. Our die-hard devotion to our favorite team is intense, but what transcends rivalries is our devotion to good football party food. Whether you tailgate at every game, or you host a crowd in front of the television during bowl games, this lineup of football party recipes promises to make your gathering a success. Early morning kickoff? No problem. Your guests will love Fried Chicken Thighs and Biscuits. Need something for those that grab and run? Salt-Roasted Beef Tenderloin Sliders fits the bill. Plus, you will find lots of dips and spreads for those who like to hang around the food table rehashing the plays. With all the yelling and cheering going on your crowd is bound to get thirsty, so choose one of these game-day cocktails to keep them hydrated. Send your football party into overtime with some sweet treats. One of these bake-and-take cakes will make the perfect football party dessert; not only are they delicious, but you can bake and transport them in the same pan.
Fried Green Tomato Sliders
Recipe: Fried Green Tomato Sliders
Start with fried green tomatoes from your favorite meat 'n' three restaurant. Bake them on a baking sheet at 350° for 5 minutes or until warm and crispy. Add sweet-hot pickle chips to the bun with wooden picks for a fun garnish.
Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
Recipe: Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
Spice things up with this cheesy dip. You can make it ahead and keep warm in a fondue pot or mini slow cooker during your party.
Pepper Jack Grits Poppers
Recipe: Pepper Jack Grits Poppers
Wow your guests with this 6-ingredient twist on the iconic finger food.
Pimiento Cheese Rolls
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Rolls
These are cheesy, buttery, and altogether addicting. They’re great in a bread basket, served alongside chili, or as an appetizer.
Fried Chicken Thighs & Biscuits
Recipe: Fried Chicken Thighs & Biscuits
Two Southern icons make the ultimate sandwich, generously topped with pickled green tomatoes and local Raleigh honey.
Crispy Oven-Fried Drumsticks
Recipe: Crispy Oven-Fried Drumsticks
These oven-fried drumsticks have a satisfyingly crunchy texture. We loved the flavor results when we used 1/2 tsp. red pepper.
Recipe: Muffuletta Dip
You can serve this versatile recipe on French bread crostini or with crackers over a block of cream cheese. Try tossing leftovers in a Caesar salad.
Veggie Potato Salad
Recipe: Veggie Potato Salad
This low-fat potato salad is rich with creamy goodness but easy on the fat and calories. The perfect addition to your next outdoor party.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Bacon Satay
A satay is an Indonesian version of kabobs: thinly sliced marinated meat grilled on a skewer and served with lip-licking peanut sauce.
Chicken & Honey Sandwiches
Recipe: Chicken & Honey Sandwiches
This sandwich falls under the "hearty fare" category. It'll satisfy your hunger to win.
Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip
Recipe: Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip
Hot sausage spices up the veggies in this creamy, flavor-packed dip. Serve with corn chip scoops, red pepper strips, and pretzel rods.
Recipe: Grilled Salsa
What's a party without salsa? Make yours one to remember.
Warm Gumbo Dip
Recipe: Warm Gumbo Dip
Just like any good Louisiana gumbo, this dip is thick and full of flavor.
Salt-Roasted Beef Tenderloin Sliders
You can serve these hearty bites between biscuits, brioche, or artisan dinner rolls for an elegant presentation.
Recipe: Brisket Shooters
Save time and pick up brisket and sauce from your favorite barbecue joint to use in these party bites.
Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip
These hearty bites will become your signature party dish. You can keep the queso blanco warm in a fondue pot or 1-qt. slow cooker.
Slow-cooker Mustard Barbecued Pork
Smoky Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs
We love when two Southern classics come together - like deviled eggs and pimiento cheese. You won't be able to tear yourself away from the deviled egg tray, especially if you garnish with sliced country ham and pickled okra.
Recipe: Grits Crostini
You can bake the crostini up to a couple of hours ahead of time, top just before guests arrive and place in the oven to finish.
Baked Goat Cheese Dip
Recipe: Baked Goat Cheese Dip
Bake a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese and top with a spicy tomato mixture for a warm dip that’s great for entertaining. You can assemble this dip ahead and freeze for up to one month.
Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
Recipe: Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
Roasting black-eyed peas gives them a crispy, dry texture that’s perfect for snacking. Chili powder and cumin give the beans a flavor-packed coating that won’t disappoint your guests.
Tortellini Caprese Bites
Recipe: Tortellini Caprese Bites
Tortellini Caprese Bites are drizzled with a basil vinaigrette and are so simple to prepare. The no-mess presentation makes these appetizer skewers ideal for parties.
Party-Style Pork Empanada
Recipe: Party-Style Pork Empanada
Our Party-Style Pork Empanada uses refrigerated canned bread dough to make preparation easier. You can make up to two hours ahead of time, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the party.
Cuban Black Bean Dip
Recipe: Cuban Black Bean Dip
Start with black bean soup mix to make this zesty bean dip. Serve with slices of cucumber, bell pepper, or your favorite raw vegetable.
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
A tasty appetizer of Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp will be hit with your party crowd. They'll savor the hint of heat mingled with sweetness in each bite.
Chicken Salad Pitas
Recipe: Chicken Salad Pitas
Pepper jelly adds a nice sweet-hot note to chicken salad. And you'll love the extra zing from lemon zest and ground red pepper.
Sorghum Caramel Corn
Recipe: Sorghum Caramel Corn
A sticky-sweet coating can make popcorn even more delicious than it always is, and this Sorghum Caramel Corn is the perfect recipe to sink your teeth into. For Halloween happiness, this recipe begins with simple microwave popcorn, then mixes in roasted peanuts, brown sugar, and that classic Southern staple: bacon. After you’ve coated this creative concoction with sorghum syrup flavored with just a little hint of vanilla, bake it in the oven until it is mixed to sugar-glazed perfection. You’ve just taken this already-delicious bacon-caramel corn to the next level. Bag it up for guests to enjoy and you’re ready to go. Happy Halloween.
Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
Serve Black-eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip atop cornbread crackers for a unique regional pairing.
Recipe: Bacon-Herb Cupcakes
Use a combination of parsley, thyme, and oregano, or sage, rosemary, basil, and chives for a savory and perfectly balanced nibble.
Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs
Recipe: Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs
Our directions for these juicy baby back ribs are for a two-burner gas grill. If you have a three-burner grill, light both sides, and leave the center portion off.
Recipe: Bacon-Grits Fritters
Grits are treasured like gold in the South. These Bacon-Grits Fritters are the perfect Southern delicacy to introduce to your family and friends. Watch them quickly disappear.
Fried Pecan Okra
Recipe: Fried Pecan Okra
Okra thrives in the scorching heat of humid summers, soaring skyward in its semitropical glory. Originally from Africa, it is as overtly Southern as sweet tea and kudzu. Luckily for us, we have the inside secret when it comes to the delectable pods—no other people embrace okra as Southerners do. Crushed pecans and baking mix form the crisp breading for this classic Southern-style side.
Recipe: Pizza Sticks
For a crowd, assemble several pizzas; cover and chill up to two hours. Bake a few at a time, to keep the Pizza Sticks coming out hot and fresh.
Recipe: Harvest Pizza
Sweet potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and Italian spices make this good-for-you pie distinctly delicious.
Shanghai Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce
Recipe: Shanghai Spring Rolls
Make the filling ahead of time to meet your party preparation timeline. Serve with homemade chili sauce over a bed of fresh lettuce.
These mouth-watering Latin pastries are stuffed with a flavorful mixture of chicken, green olives, fresh herbs, and spices.
Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza
Recipe: Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza
Bring your homemade pizza to the next level by incorporating fresh ingredients. If you don't have time to prepare your own fresh dough, some supermarkets sell uncooked pizza dough on request from the bakery department.
Rolled Olive Sandwiches
Recipe: Rolled Olive Sandwiches
Make these sandwiches for a throwback classic that is still delicious today.
Beer-Batter Fried Pickles
Quick 'n' Easy Chicken Barbecue Pizza
Barbecue sauce, refrigerated pizza dough and packaged precooked chicken breast strips make Quick 'n' Easy Chicken Barbecue Pizza a snap to prepare. For even more flavor, sprinkle pizza with chopped cooked bacon and chopped fresh cilantro before adding the cheese.
Honey Chicken Wings
Recipe: Honey Chicken Wings
This easy chicken wing recipe is great for any party.
Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
This scrumptious appetizer is easy to prep. Simply roll a log of creamy goat cheese in fresh chopped thyme, parsley, tarragon, and mint in advance. Then, just before serving, spread onto fresh toasted baguette slices and top with sun-dried tomatoes and basil leaves.
Macaroni-and-Pimiento Cheese Bites
Wow family and friends with these easy party poppers. You can also bake the mixture in a casserole dish and use the breadcrumb coating as a crispy topping.
Hot Roast Beef Party Sandwiches
Recipe: Hot Roast Beef Party Sandwiches
This is an updated version of a recipe that used ham, cheese, and mustard. Eyes lit up at our tasting table when these roast beef sandwiches came out of the oven.