Game-Day Appetizers and Snacks
Kick off your big-game party — and rev their appetites — with small, savory bites.
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Meatball Sub Egg Roll
Kelsey turns an Italian classic into bite-size Chinese-fusion fare by tucking the sandwich ingredients into egg roll wrappers and frying them until brown. She tucks a basil leaf into each egg roll and serves them with a marinara dipping sauce to enhance the Italian flavors.
Get the Recipe: Meatball Sub Egg Roll
Cherry Bomb Poppers
Panko breadcrumbs give these crowd-pleasing poppers — stuffed with maple bacon and cream cheese — an extra strong crunch.
Get the Recipe: Cherry Bomb Poppers with Maple Bacon
Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders
Big-game parties are all about the finger food, and we've got you covered. Try Ching's Chinese-inspired take on an American classic, the slider burger.
Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders
Get your serving of vegetables with a deep-fried delivery method. Homemade ranch is a cinch to whip up, flavored with chives, a pinch of celery salt and plenty of dill.
Get the Recipe: Crispy Zucchini Fries with Buttermilk Ranch Dipping Sauce
Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Wings
Robert Irvine's sweet, sticky glaze needs only five ingredients: soy sauce, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and two signature spice blends.
Get the Recipe: Balsamic Glazed Chicken Wings
Maple Nut Popcorn
Though this popcorn looks sweet, it has a surprising kick thanks to cayenne pepper and paprika — perfect for munching from apps through to dessert.
Get the Recipe: Maple-Nut Popcorn
Loaded Baby Potatoes
This bite-sized version of loaded twice-baked potatoes is full of the best things in life: bacon and cheese.
Get the Recipe: Loaded Baby Potatoes
Smoked Gouda-Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers
Get the party started with this sports bar staple. Sunny elevates the dish by stuffing peppers with smoked Gouda and Mexican sausage.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Gouda-Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers
Guests will think you spent several hours fashioning these beautiful hand-held tarts, but with Giada’s timesaving tricks — she uses jarred marinara and frozen pie crusts — it’ll take you just one hour.
Get the Recipe: Mozzarella Pillows
The Shrimp Cocktail
Alton imbues his shrimp with extra flavor by soaking the shellfish in a kosher salt brine. The chilled prawns are served with a spicy, horseradish-infused sauce.
Get the Recipe: The Shrimp Cocktail
Mexican Potato Skin Bites
Inspired by our neighbor to the South, Aida fills crispy potato skins with Mexican chorizo and Monterey Jack cheese.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Potato Skin Bites
Elevate a childhood favorite by coating the cheesy sticks in Italian-style breadcrumbs, which are loaded with dried herbs.
Get the Recipe: Mozzarella Sticks
Kimchi Crab Spring Rolls
Chuck takes this dim sum classic to the next level with a tangy kimchi-and-snow crab filling. The fried bundles are paired with an equally tart dipping sauce.
Get the Recipe: Kimchi Crab Spring Rolls
Mini Taco Dip Tostadas
Bobby Deen's powerful taco seasoning will keep guests reaching for this tasty appetizer. His slimmed-down rendition — featuring low-fat cheese and lean turkey meat — means they can snack on these without the guilt.
Get the Recipe: Mini Taco Dip Tostadas with Avocado Cream
Bring the ultimate stadium snack to your living room. Bobby Flay serves the soft, yeasty treats with two dips — a traditional honey mustard and a Mexican-inspired queso poblano.
Get the Recipe: Soft Pretzels with Queso Poblano Sauce and Mustard Sauce
Alie and Georgia turn messy corned beef sandwiches into elegant hors d’oeuvres so guests can keep their eyes on the big game.
Get the Recipe: Reuben Sliders
Wisconisn Cheese Curds
Game day always calls for a brew or two. This recipe puts the suds to work in a beer batter for springy cheese curds. A dill pickle tartar sauce balances out the fried morsels.
Get the Recipe: Wisconsin Cheese Curds with Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce
Steamed Pork Belly Buns
Serve a different type of burger on game day this year. Filled with tender slices of pork belly and a sweet and sour sauce, these Asian buns are a sure-fire hit.
Get the Recipe: Steamed Pork Belly Buns with Hoisin Balsamic
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Ease your guilt with a baked rendition of the popular bar appetizer. These bacon-wrapped poppers are just a little less bad for you than the deep-fried version.
Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Bacon Cheeseburger Dumpling
This creative recipe from a popular Portland, Ore., food truck packs a thoroughly American filling — salty bacon and sharp cheddar cheese — into Asian pot stickers.
Get the Recipe: Bacon Cheeseburger Dumpling
Chorizo Bites With Arugula Pesto
This super-easy bite-on-a-stick from Chuck is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
Get the Recipe: Chorizo Bites with Arugula Pesto
Skirt Steak Quesadillas
Friends will cheer you on when you prepare Kelsey's flavorful steak quesadillas — great for slicing into wedges and feeding to a crowd.
Get the Recipe: Skirt Steak Quesadillas
Take your guests back to childhood with this carnival classic served on a stick.
Get the Recipe: Corn Dogs
Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos serve up all the fresh ingredients of a pizza Margherita — tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil — on a toasted baguette for an authentic Italian bite.
Get the Recipe: Bruschetta Pizzaiola
Giada's pizza pockets are like two-bite calzones filled with cheese, marinara, turkey sausage and arugula.
Get the Recipe: Pizza Pockets
Grilled Beef Satay
Food on a stick is always a party winner. Guests will gobble up Tyler's juicy beef as they cheer on their teams.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Beef Satay
Crab Salad Stuffed Potato Skins
Chuck's food is never predictable, so we shouldn't have been surprised when he stuffed potato skins with seafood (to delicious results).
Get the Recipe: Crab Salad Stuffed Potato Skins
Pizzettes With Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto
These tiny pizza tarts are both elegant-looking and fun for game-time snacking.
Get the Recipe: Pizzettes with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto
Mini Cheese Sandwiches (Panini With Mozzarella and Olive Tapenade)
For a quick and easy appetizer, make these grown-up grilled cheeses and cut into bite-sized squares.
Potato and Pea Samosas
Bring some international flair to this all-American game day with Bal's crisp, spice-filled samosas.
Get the Recipe: Potato and Pea Samosas
Duck Confit Sliders, Banh-Mi Style
Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches, which are usually made with pork, were Michael Symon's inspiration when he cooked up these tasty duck sliders.
Get the Recipe: Duck Confit Sliders, Banh-Mi Style
Crispy Sweet Potato Cakes
Bal Arneson's sweet-and-savory potato pancakes are served with a fresh mango chutney.
Get the Recipe: Crispy Sweet Potato Cakes
Swiss Cheeseburger Sliders
Keep it simple with classic cheeseburgers in bite-size form.
Get the Recipe: Swiss Cheeseburger Sliders
Maker's Mark (R) Glazed Ham With Bourbon Biscuits
For a Southern take on the slider, make this bourbon-glazed ham served up on flaky, buttery biscuits.
Get the Recipe: Maker's Mark (R) Glazed Ham with Bourbon Biscuits
Turnip Lettuce Wraps
Bal's spiced vegetarian wraps are fun to eat with your hands.
Get the Recipe: Turnip Lettuce Wraps
Korean BBQ Beef Summer Rolls
"Appetizer Adviser" Lee Anne Wong brings eclectic fare to the party, like these summer rolls filled with Korean barbecue and pickled Asian pears.
Get the Recipe: Korean BBQ Beef Summer Rolls
Braised Mole Chicken Sliders
Mexican-spiced sliders are another of Lee Anne's delicious fusion creations.
Get the Recipe: Braised Mole Chicken Sliders
Tofu Edamame Falafel, Tofu Tahini
For a tasty vegetarian bite, serve up falafel on sticks with tofu tahini for dipping.
Get the Recipe: Tofu Edamame Falafel, Tofu Tahini