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I love football season! There’s nothing like waking up on a Sunday morning, eating a big breakfast, and then getting ready to have a few drinks with my friends as we all watch the games.

And what goes better with afternoon drinking than finger foods?

I usually head to the grocery store and stock up on ingredients to make my favorite game day football appetizers on Saturday night. When I get home, I prep the appetizers to keep Sunday relaxing, easy, and fun. I’m always glad I put in the work when I open the fridge on Sunday after a few drinks to see my football party appetizers ready to go!

Now, I want to share some of my ideas with you to make your game day tailgates or parties a breeze.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken (any cooked chicken will work)
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup bleu cheese dressing
  • ¼ cup bleu cheese crumbles (optional)
  • 4 big, room temperature tortillas
  • 1 handful of chopped chives or green onions

In a large bowl, mix the cheeses, dressing, and buffalo sauce. Fold in your shredded chicken.

Take your tortillas, and spread out the chicken-cheese mixture evenly. Then sprinkle the chives or onion on top.

Roll them up! Make sure you don’t try to roll them too tight or your mixture will seep out the sides.

Let them chill out in the fridge for at least two hours before slicing. (See why I like to make my football appetizers the night before?)


Tater Tot Kabobs

  • skewers
  • 1 bag tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup (or more) chopped and cooked bacon
  • 1 package ranch seasoning
  • 8 oz. sour cream

Cook your tots on a large baking sheet according to the directions on the package.

Once they’re done, and cool enough to touch, skewer them bad boys up!

Lay the tater kabobs on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle them with 1 tablespoon of the ranch seasoning. Then add the bacon and cheese.

Pop them back into the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Use the rest of the ranch seasoning to make a dip with some sour cream.

So yummy and so easy!

No-Hassle Chicken and Waffle Sliders

  • toothpicks
  • 1 bag chicken tenders or fried chicken from the deli
  • 1 box frozen mini waffles
  • Your favorite maple syrup

Out of all the appetizers for your football party, this one is probably the easiest! I love chicken and waffles, but cooking them can be time-consuming. Not something I want to do on game day with a beer in my hand!

On the other hand, these chicken and waffle sliders are easy and they’re perfect for your game day brunch.

Just cook the chicken (if you’re using chicken tenders) and toast the waffles. Next, cut the cooked chicken into waffle-sized pieces, and sandwich your chicken pieces between two of the mini waffles.

Add a toothpick, drizzle with syrup, and voila. You’re ready to chow down!

Ultimate Game Day Dip

  • 8 slices cooked and chopped bacon
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 4 (or more) chopped jalapeños. Remove the seeds if you don’t want spicy dip.
  • Handful of chopped green onion or chives
  • French-fried onions
  • Your favorite crackers, chips, or waffle fries for dipping

Mix the bacon, cheeses, sour cream, jalapenos, and green onions in a large bowl.

Transfer this mixture into an 8×8 baking dish and sprinkle the top with the french-fried onions.

Cook at about 350° for about 20 minutes or until it starts to get bubbly.

Serve it with your favorite dip and enjoy!

Pigskin Beer Brats

  • Extra-long toothpicks or cut-up skewers. Soak in water while cooking the brats to reduce burning.
  • 6 of your favorite brats or sausages
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 bottle of your favorite beer (enough to cover the brats in a pot)
  • 12 slices of uncooked bacon cut into halves
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • Large squirt of yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Who doesn’t love cooking with beer?

Pour your beer into a pot on the stove and add the brats and simmer on medium-low heat for about ten minutes. Make sure the brats are fully cooked!

Cut each sausage into four equal pieces. Wrap each piece with one half-bacon slices and skewer that baby.

Put the skewered brats on a baking pan or sheet.

Over low heat on the stove, mix the brown sugar, soy sauce, yellow mustard, and garlic powder to make a glaze. Simmer the ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed and warm. It only takes a minute or two.

Spoon the glaze over each of the skewered brats and bake in a 450° oven for about 15 or 20 minutes.

Remember to baste the brats when you flip them halfway through cooking.

Football Party Appetizers for Tailgating

What do I love most about these football appetizers? Most of them are super easy to make and transport. This means when I’m heading to a tailgate, I can pack them up and bring them along for the ride.It also means easy Sundays filled with beer and lots of delicious food.

I hope and your friends you enjoy these as much as I do!

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