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

S'mores Popcorn Balls

Smoke the competition by bringing the flavors of s'mores to popcorn balls.

Get the Recipe: S'mores Popcorn Balls

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

Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Turn cremini mushrooms into tackle-worthy appetizers by stuffing them with sausage, seasoned breadcrumbs and two types of cheese.

Get the Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Aioli

Step up your fry game by subbing in sweet potatoes and brown sugar, then adding a garlic aioli sauce to cinch the win.

Get the Recipe: Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Aioli

Chicken Parmesan Sticks

Transform an Italian-American favorite into a party-friendly appetizer by serving bite-size portions of chicken parm on sticks.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Sticks

Duck Fat Fries

Score a snack touchdown by going the fry route. A garlic-studded aioli takes these spuds over the top.

Get the Recipe: Duck Fat Fries with Rosemary and Parm with Greek Yogurt Aioli

Mac and Cheese Muffins

No need for silverware when you serve mac and cheese in muffin form.

Get the Recipe: Mac and Cheese Muffins

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

Zucchini Fries

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

Mozzarella Pillows

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

Buffalo Chicken Lollies

Skip the messy wings and make Buffalo chicken skewers instead.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Lollies

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

Mozzarella Sticks

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

Soft Pretzels

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

Reuben Sliders

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. 

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

Corn Dogs

Take your guests back to childhood with this carnival classic served on a stick.

Get the Recipe: Corn Dogs

Bruschetta Pizzaiola

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

Pizza Pockets

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.

Get the Recipe: Mini Cheese Sandwiches (Panini With Mozzarella And Olive Tapenade)

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® 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