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Top 5 Game Day Recipes

group of friends watching a sports game, holding a football and eating pizza and snacks

My favorite season is finally here. Can you guess what it is? Football season, of course! In my house, the weekend is jammed pack with games one after another. Saturdays are reserved for college football and Sundays are for professional football. I work up an appetite from all the cheering I do so I always make sure I have plenty of food to get me through the games. If you’re anything like me, you love game-day snacks but always have a hard time deciding on what to make. While there are always classic snack options, I like to spice things up a bit with different items each time. It gives me another reason to look forward to the weekend and use my Sharp Appliances!

Whether you’re watching the game with your family or hosting a party with guests, these recipes are sure to keep everyone happy and full. I’ve gathered 5 of my favorite Game Day recipes from across the internet, so you don’t have to! Let’s lace up our cleats and head to the kitchen to make your new go-to game-day treats. If you try any of these tasty treats or have a game day favorite of your own, feel free to share with us on social using #SharpHome on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.   

 

Deviled eggs with bacon on a black background 

Deviled Eggs 

When people first get to my house, I love to share a quick snack that they can grab and walk around with. Time and time again I can always count on these deviled eggs from Hungry Happenings. Deviled eggs are a staple at any gathering of mine. They are super easy to make and are a healthier alternative than some snacks. I can eat a dozen of these and not feel guilty! I always forget how much I love them until I have them. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Hungry Happening’s Blog that I began adding bacon to my deviled eggs. I can’t help but add bacon to my deviled eggs every time now because of the extra flavor they add. Bacon just makes everything taste a little bit better!

To make these, let’s gather the following:  

  • 6 large eggs, hard-boiled 
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise 
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard 
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle juice 
  • 1 pinch table salt 
  • 5 slices bacon, finely chopped 

Once you have everything gathered, let’s hit the field (or kitchen in this case)! 

  1. Cut the hard-boiled eggs lengthwise in half.  
  2. Remove the yolks and place them into a bowl. Crumble the yolks. 
  3. Add 1/3 cup mayonnaise to the bowl and mix until the texture becomes smooth and creamy. 
  4. Spoon the mixture into 12 egg halves, leaving a border around the edge.  
  5. While you can stop there, I like to go the extra 10 yards and make them look like footballs. I do this by sprinkling the bacon on top of the eggs and forming a football shape with the bacon. To create the laces, spoon the remaining mayonnaise into a plastic storage bag and cut a small opening at one corner of the bag. Pipe a straight line of mayonnaise down the center of each egg and 3-4 short lines going the opposite direction. Once you have your desired look, you’re ready to head into the end zone!

These edible footballs right at your fingertips are devilish delectables!  

 

buffalo chicken dip in a white dish with toasted bread on a table and white and gray napkin 

Buffalo Chicken Bites 

I’m a sucker for chicken wings but I love using what I already have in my house even more. I love to opt for something that won’t end up all over my fingers and face, too! I always have chicken breasts on hand at any given moment, so when I saw this Buffalo Chicken Bites recipe from Family Fresh Meals I knew I had to try it. This recipe combines the savory flavors of buffalo chicken with the perfect crunch of the baguette to create a snack people will be talking about for days. It definitely is a touchdown in my book!

Ingredients:  

  • 1 ½ lb. boneless chicken tenders or breast 
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp. salt 
  • ½ tsp. black pepper 
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce 
  • 2 tsp. ranch seasoning 
  • 4 oz cream cheese 
  • ¼ ranch dressing 
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream 
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 
  • 1 baguette loaf, cut into 1 in. slices

Now that we have all the equipment for the game, let’s go over some key plays to run to make this dish a win! 

  1. Preheat the you Sharp Wall Oven to 375 degrees.  
  2. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Place the chicken onto a sheet pan and place it in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through.  
  3. Take the chicken out of the oven, allow it to cool slightly, and chop it into large chunks. 
  4. Except for the baguette, combine the remaining ingredients and chicken into a large bowl. Mix until well combined.  
  5. Over medium-high heat, place the slices of baguette onto a stovetop grill pan. Grill the baguette on both sides until it is lighted toasted. Remove the baguette from the heat. 
  6. Depending on how spicy you want your snack to be, add a few drops of hot sauce on top of each baguette. For a spicier option, add more buffalo sauce.  
  7. On each baguette slice, add 1-2 tablespoons of the buffalo mixture. If you are looking for additional garnishes, try adding more buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles, or chopped green onions, or serve as is! If you have tortilla chips on hand, you can put the baguette to the side and dip your chips instead! Place these out and watch people quickly gather around. 

 

Philly Cheesesteak close up on a wooden table 

Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sliders 

While I am not a fan of Philadelphia sports, I am a fan of their cheesesteaks! Traveling to Philadelphia for just a cheesesteak seems a bit out of reach for most of us, so why not bring Philadelphia to you? Enjoy these Philly Cheesesteak Sliders from Homemade Interest within the comfort of your own home. No matter where you are enjoying the game from, whether you’re right outside the City or in California, you can treat yourself and your guests to mouthwatering sliders! So, without further ado let’s head to the roster to see what we need to make this perfect pull-apart piece. 

Roster (Ingredients): 

  • 12 slider rolls 
  • 1 pound steak, thinly sliced 
  • 1 green pepper, diced 
  • 1 onion, diced 
  • 6 slices Provolone cheese 
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted 
  • 1 tbsp. onion, finely diced 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

So now that we know who is on the team, how do they work together to form Philly Cheesesteak Sliders? 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Place the bottom half of the slider rolls in an 11in. X 7 in. baking dish or on a baking sheet. 
  3. In a skillet, cook the steak meat. Once the meat has been cooked through, set it aside on a plate. 
  4. In the same skillet used to cook the meat, sauté the pepper and onions until they are tenderized.  
  5. While the peppers and onions are cooking, spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the rolls. 
  6. Once the peppers and onions have been sautéed, spread meat, then peppers and onions evenly across the rolls in the dish.  
  7. Next, place provolone cheese on top of peppers and onions.  
  8. In a bowl, mix the melted butter and finely diced onions.  
  9. Place the top halves of the rolls on top of the cheese and evenly coat the tops with the butter and onion mixture.  
  10. Cover the dish with tinfoil and place it into the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes (or until the cheese has melted). 
  11. Cut the sliders and serve!  

I love this dish because it is quick, easy, and guests can easily grab a slider and go.  

 

taco dip in a baking dish on a wooden table with tortilla chips

Taco Dip 

Tacos are not just limited to Tuesdays! This Taco Dip from Instrupix is the perfect addition to any gathering. I especially love it for game day because it is quick, easy, and delicious! You don’t have to worry about refilling or reheating anything with this dish. Just place the chip and dips on the table and your guests will be entertained for hours. You can enjoy the game and this dish at the same time!

On your next trip to the grocery store, make sure to pick up these key ingredients: 

  • 8 oz. cream cheese 
  • 1 cup sour cream 
  • 1-2 tbsp. taco seasoning 
  • 1 cup shredded cheese 
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained 
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes 
  • Tortilla chips 

Directions: 

  1. In a medium-size bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning until the mixture is smooth. 
  2. Spread the mixture on the bottom of a small baking dish (any size dish will work). 
  3. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the mixture.  
  4. Layer the remaining ingredients as you choose. Feel free to add additional ingredients. I love adding shredded lettuce for an additional crunch!  

 

crowd watching a sporting event cheering while eating popcorn

Football Cake Pops 

A victory always feels sweet so it’s only right that we celebrate with something just as sweet. After indulging in savory foods all day long, I love to switch it up and go for something on the sweet side! When I came across this cake pop recipe from Taste of Home, I knew I would have to incorporate it into every game day. Is there any better way to celebrate a win with everyone than football-shaped cake pops? I love the way they look and taste!

Ingredients: 

  •  1 chocolate cake mix 
  • 1 cup cream cheese frosting 
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips 
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips 
  • 1 tbsp. shortening 
  • 48, 4-in. lollipop sticks 
  • ¼ cup white decorating icing 

Directions: 

  1. Bake the cake according to the directions on the package. Allow the cake to completely cool. Once the cake has cooled, break the cake into crumbles in a large bowl.  
  2. Add the cream cheese frosting and stir until fully mixed in. The mixture should be able to retain its shape when squeezed together with your hand. Measure out 1 tablespoon of the mixture and mold it into the shape of a football. 
  3. Continue forming football shapes with the mixture until there is no more left. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place the sheet into the refrigerator until the football-shaped pops are firm around 30 minutes. 
  4. While the sheet is in the refrigerator, place chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. 
  5. Remove the bowl from the microwave, stir, and repeat until the mixture is smooth and melted.  
  6. Take a lollipop stick and dip it into the chocolate mixture. Insert the stick halfway through the football-shaped cakes. Allow the cake pops and lollipop sticks to set on the baking sheet while inserting the lollipop sticks into the remaining cake pops. 
  7. Dip each cake pop into the chocolate mixture, being sure to coat the entire cake. Place the cake pops back onto the baking sheet after it has been coated.  
  8. Once the chocolate coating has hardened around the cake pop and is firm to the touch, use the remaining icing to create laces.  
  9. After the laces have dried, you are ready to serve and celebrate! 

If you try any of these recipes or want to share some of your own, use #SharpHome on social media. We want to see how you tackle the game day!

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