It’s football season! Are you ready for some party snacks?
Saturday and Sunday afternoons filled with hours of gridiron action can fire up quite an appetite in a rabid sports fan. Whether you and your friends or family are rooting for the same team or are on opposite sides of a heated rivalry, everyone can agree on the need for snacks to make the day even better.
We’ve compiled a list of football finger foods for parties and tailgates that will score a touchdown with everyone you entertain. Best of all, you can feed your friends and family affordably since many of these recipes rely on ingredients you probably already have in your house.
Football Party Food Ideas with Five Ingredients or Less
One way to make cheap football appetizers is to use recipes with just a handful of ingredients. Each one of these is simple to make, too, requiring only a few steps.
1. Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a container of ready-made breadstick dough. Wrap each breadstick with a piece of bacon and sprinkle a bit of garlic powder and Parmesan cheese on each stick. Cook them in the oven for 10-15 minutes; check them at 10 minutes to ensure they do not overcook. Serve with a dish of ranch dressing for dipping. Want to add a healthier twist to the snack? Substitute asparagus for the breadsticks, though this may cost a bit more.
2. Fruit Kebobs
Just because you’re throwing a football party doesn’t mean everything has to be unhealthy. If you will have kids in attendance at the party, bust out the fruit kebobs and be ready to get the hero’s treatment. Children love kebobs in any form, and fruit ones may just top their list of favorites.
You can use any assortment of fruit, tailoring the kebobs to your taste. For simplicity, use three fruits for your kebobs. Cut up the fruit and place it in three separate containers. You can have your kids thread the kebobs with the fruit, using any combination of flavors they want. For a special treat, put a marshmallow in the middle of each one.
3. No-Fuss Potato Skins
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut six potatoes lengthwise, so you get strips of about one-inch thickness. Place them in rows on a cookie sheet covered with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway through. Remove from oven. Top each one with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, a few crumbles of bacon, and some sliced chives. Bake for another five minutes. Serve with a dish of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt for dipping.
4. Pizza Roll-Ups
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Get a tube of pre-made crescent dough. Place a tablespoon of marinara sauce near the wide end of each crescent and put two pieces of pepperoni on the marinara sauce. Add a half of a cheese stick on top. Roll up the crescent and put it on a cookie sheet. When you’ve made all of them, put the cookie sheet in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with extra sauce for dipping, if desired.
5. Oven S’mores with a Twist
Everyone loves s’mores, and if you tailgate outside with a grill, you can certainly make these the traditional way over an open flame. But if you have people over to watch the game inside, then use the oven to make your s’mores. Either way, you can surprise people by adding a fun twist: substituting other candy bars for the traditional milk chocolate. Try peanut butter cups, caramel bars, coconut cream, or any other type of candy bar you love.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Halve 20 graham crackers and lay out 10 crackers on a cookie sheet. Put one large marshmallow on each one. Place the sheet in the oven for five minutes, checking at three minutes to make sure the marshmallows don’t burn. Remove the sheet from the oven. Place your favorite candy bars on top, and cover with the remaining graham cracker halves.
6. Tiny Taco Bites
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Open a bag of tortilla chips — you’ll want to find the ones shaped like a small bowl, if possible. Place the chips all along the sheet. Fill each one with a spoonful of refried black beans. Add a sprinkle of cheddar cheese atop each taco bowl. Bake the tiny tacos for five to seven minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven and add a small dollop of salsa or sour cream atop each bowl.
Enjoy Easy Tailgate Food at Your Next Football Party
No matter what the theme of your football-related gathering may be, these fun recipes will fit right in. You can also take these to someone else’s house. Enjoy the start of the season — and go [your favorite team]! To find more money management tips and resources, check out our blog or visit our WalletWorks page.