15 Crowd Pleasing Game Day Recipes For Your Next Party

Cajun Smoked Wings - These barbecued wings have a spicy Cajun rub meeting up with some sweet Pecan wood smoke, then finished off with an aromatic hot sauce. They are deliciously smokey and spicy with a slight sticky sweet sauce that brings it all together in the most incredible wing you will ever have.

Game day recipes come out when football season fires up. It’s just part of it.

When we have friends and family over for an all-day, fun-filled football fiesta it’s more like grazing, than prepared meals.

It’s a constant ‘walk into the kitchen’ and grab a handful of something. Only to repeat yourself 30 minutes later.

This can go on for hours.

This is why it’s always good to perhaps prepare a few things for your voracious visitors.

Hopefully, you will find a few things on here that you know will hit the spot for your friends or family.

Game Day Recipes

Cajun Smoked Wings That Will Blow You Away

smoked wings on white plate with bowl of sauce and brush 
This version of barbequed wings has a spicy Cajun rub meeting up with some sweet Pecan wood smoke, then finished off with an aromatic hot sauce.

This barbequed wing will please you to no end. It literally is the best wing I have ever tried, much less made myself.

Fresh Herb Vegetable Dip

herb dip in white ramekin surrounded by fresh vegetables
Light, cool, creamy and seasoned to perfection with fresh herbs.

Serve with your favorite garden crisp vegetables and dip to your heart’s content.

Adults, as well as kids, will eat their vegetables as long as you serve this dip.

Not only is it yummy, but it’s also mostly healthy.

Thick and Hearty Homestyle Chili

chili in white bowl topped with cheese green onions sour cream
Chili is the perfect warm-up meal, right?! This is the best we have ever eaten.

I know, everyone says that about their favorite recipe but I swear this is the ONE.

It’s not a loose soup, it’s thick, chunky and loaded with rich flavor certain to please the entire family.

It’s also perfect for game day gatherings. A one pot, easy meal that can easily feed a crowd.

A list of game day recipes would not be complete with a solid, delicious, hearty chili!

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

cauliflower on white platter with celery and ranch dip
These buffalo cauliflower bites are crispy on the outside and just tender enough on the inside.

The cauliflower doesn’t become mushy, there is still a slight crunch to it.

We were surprised that we actually enjoyed these faux wings as much as we did.

They were a huge hit with our vegetarian daughter as well, and she can be hard to please.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

close up of roll ups garnished with green onions
Easy buffalo chicken pinwheels are the perfect party, barbecue, game day or large gathering appetizer. It’s a crowd-pleaser!

Super easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Cool, creamy, tangy and loaded with buffalo wing flavor.

Salt and Pepper Roasted Cashews

cashews in black bowl ramekin of peppercorns ramekin of salt on black placemat
Need a little nibbler to go with your favorite adult beverages? Try some of your own homemade roasted cashews.

Salt and pepper roasted cashews have become a new favorite snack in our household.

I was tired of paying those outrageous prices so decided to give it try at home.

Tantalize your taste buds with these spice-kissed roasted cashews!

Onion Rings

onion rings in red basket lined with brown paper
While not a fan of Leigh’s because she hates the smell of frying grease in the house, these onion rings deliver!

She could not deny how awesome they were.

They are perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of batter to make the perfect onion ring.

I included this recipe because they’re the bomb and maybe you could care less about frying in your house.

If I had my way, there would be a lot more of that going on here at ground zero.

Roast Beef Sliders with Horseradish Sauce

sliders stacked on white platter
Roast beef sliders with horseradish sauce are a great game day, party or weeknight recipe.

Easy to prepare for a crowd or just a movie night with the family.

A creamy spicy horseradish sauce, layered with thinly sliced roast beef covered with gooey, melty cheese in a hand size toasty bun.

Two of these and you’re good. Three and you’re stuffed. Four … well, you may have just made a mistake.

Don’t ask me how I know this.

Savory Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread

3 shortbread on white plate with gold dots sprig of rosemary
Savory parmesan rosemary shortbread is tender, buttery, and exploding with cheesy herb flavor.

Fresh rosemary, parmesan cheese and loads of fresh cracked black pepper make this the perfect cocktail appetizer or just as a snack.

We couldn’t keep our hands out of the jar, even if we weren’t holding a cocktail in the other hand.

Not all of your game day recipes have to be grilled or fried. This is good!

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

gumbo in white bowl sliced bread behind
Shrimp and sausage gumbo is a must for us during the cold weather months. But we say why wait until it gets cold?

We could eat this every week, it’s that good.

It’s as close to authentic New Orleans style gumbo made at home that you will find.

Sheet Pan Beef Nachos

close up of baked nachos ground beef fresh diced tomatoes fresh sliced jalapenos
Sheet pan beef nachos are a quick and easy dinner or snack. Perfect for a crowd or movie night in with the family.

Take these to any level you like. Pick and choose what you like on your sheet pan beef nachos and customize to your taste.

Who doesn’t love the easy one pan cook and clean up?

Spicy Cheddar Snack Mix

mix in blue ramekin larger clear bowl full of mix behind
Spicy cheddar snack mix is a must have at all parties, gathering and game day festivities!

It’s the perfect blend of spice and cheese flavors.

I suggest making several batches because it doesn’t last long.

It’s perfect for some light munching when you don’t feel like mowing down on a heavier dish.

Sausage Balls

close up baked sausage balls on parchment paper
Sausage balls are always a hit, right?  I’m going to give you some tips to make them easier and quicker.

These only require 3 ingredients, 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.

That’s what I call an easy recipe! And the taste! These things are so freaking addictive.

You have the spiciness of the sausage, mixed with the sharpness of the cheese.

Top that off with the light crispiness from the oven.

Man, it’s sooo good!

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

red beans in white bowl scoop of white rice in the center
Slow cooker red beans and rice is so full of Cajun flavor and so easy to prepare!

We make this recipe at least once a month.  The whole family loves this stuff.

Eight ingredients, chopped, dumped and cooked for hours.

This is perfect to start in the morning and just forget it until the party later on. How easy is that?

Creamy Jalapeno Cilantro Dip

chip dipped in cilantro dip

If you have made it down to this recipe, you’re looking for something really good. This is it.

Some of the best things are the simplest. This is just a dip. That is like saying, “it’s just the sun”.

It is the best dip you will ever try if you’re a fan of cilantro.

This creamy jalapeno cilantro dip was shared with us by a good friend and neighbor. We have been making this for years and absolutely love it.

Fresh, creamy, spicy and addictive! We make this year round but it’s great for those game day parties.

If you’re having a party, make this. You can thank us later. Out of all of our game day recipes, this one will be made every time.

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