Game-Day Main Dish Recipes


Find winning main dish recipes for your game-day party including pizza, quesadillas, tacos and more.


All-Dressed G-Style Pizza

Skip the delivery and whip up your own pie. Prepare the dough and sauce ahead of time and simply pop the pizza in the oven 20 minutes before your guests arrive. Nadia G's pie is dressed for the party with olives, salami and two types of cheese, but feel free to swap in your favorites.

Get the Recipe: All Dressed G Style Pizza

Shrimp Tempura

Add Asian flair to your Super Bowl spread with Tyler Florence’s crisp prawns. His soy-sake dip has some heat, thanks to a tablespoon of chile sauce.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Tempura with Soy Sake Dipping Sauce

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

Michael Symon stews brats with spices and sauerkraut for a rib-sticking game-day meal. For utensil-free eating, he serves it up on baguettes.

Get the Recipe: Bratwurst Stewed with Sauerkraut

Sausage and Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza

Roger Mooking uses a pizza stone to give his pie an even crisp and golden color. His other trick? Add extra flavor by spreading a layer of roasted garlic puree on the crust before you pile on the toppings.

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Easy Chicken Burritos with Mojo

Set up a burrito bar with fixings like yellow rice, black beans and mojo sauce and let your guests assemble their own meal-in-a-tortilla before kickoff.

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Golden Gate Chili Ribs

Ching's Asian-spiced ribs are the perfect main dish finger food. She serves them up with roasted sweet potatoes that can be eaten like fries.

Get the Recipe: Golden Gate Chili Ribs

White Pizza

If you don't have a wood-burning pizza oven in your backyard like Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos from Extra Virgin, simply use a preheated pizza stone to cook these delicious white pizzas for your game-day guests.

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Louisiana-Style Shrimp

This one-pot meal couldn't be easier — you can even make the sauce ahead of time, then bring it to a boil and add the shrimp right before game time.

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Cheese and Mushroom Quesadilla

Leave it to America's authority on Mexican food, Rick Bayless, to create the perfect quesadilla for your big-game party. Full of flavor and easy to eat while watching, it's a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

Get the Recipe: Cheese and Mushroom Quesadillas: Quesadillas de Queso y Hongos

Alton's Pizza

Alton Brown's classic cheese pizza beats delivery any day. Entice your guests with the enticing aromas of homemade pies — you can prep ahead of time, and the baking takes just seven minutes.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Pizzas

Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs

Use game day's favorite beverage to braise chicken thighs until they're tender and juicy.

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"Barbecued" Baby Back Ribs

At a football party, it's perfectly okay to get your hands dirty and dig into Chuck's saucy ribs.

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Pizza Four Ways

David Rocco gives four tasty topping ideas for his basic pizza dough. Cook up a few and serve a pizza buffet to your football-watching guests. There's something for everyone: meat lovers, vegetarians and spicy-food fans alike.

Get the Recipe: Pizza with Variations: Potato, Onion and Chile, Sausage and Scamorza, Tomato

Potato Risotto with Pan-Grilled Lamb Sausages

Chuck cooks up this hearty family-style platter for staff meal at his restaurant, but it also makes ideal game-watching fare.

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Potato Pizza

A mandolin is Nadia's tool of choice for thinly sliced potato and onion to top off her hearty vegetarian pizza.

Get the Recipe: Potato Pizza