45 Winning Bowl Game Recipes
Score a touchdown at your next bowl game watching party with these tasty handheld bites and creamy dips.
Start with fried green tomatoes from your favorite meat 'n' three restaurant. Bake them on a baking sheet at 350° for 5 minutes or until warm and crispy. Add sweet-hot pickle chips to the bun with wooden picks for a fun garnish.
- Recipe: Fried Green Tomato Sliders
Spice things up with this cheesy dip. You can make it ahead and keep warm in a fondue pot or mini slow cooker during your party.
- Recipe: Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
Wow your guests with this 6-ingredient twist on the iconic finger food.
- Recipe: Pepper Jack Grits Poppers
You can serve this versatile recipe on French bread crostini or with crackers over a block of cream cheese. Try tossing leftovers in a Caesar salad.
- Recipe: Muffuletta Dip
A satay is an Indonesian version of kabobs: thinly sliced marinated meat grilled on a skewer and served with lip-licking peanut sauce.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Bacon Satay
This sandwich falls under the "hearty fare" category. It'll satisfy your hunger to win.
Recipe: Chicken & Honey Sandwiches
Hot sausage spices up the veggies in this creamy, flavor-packed dip. Serve with corn chip scoops, red pepper strips, and pretzel rods.
- Recipe: Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip
What's a party without salsa? Make yours one to remember.
Recipe: Grilled Salsa
Just like any good Louisiana gumbo, this dip is thick and full of flavor.
Recipe: Warm Gumbo Dip
Pepper jelly adds a nice sweet-hot note to chicken salad. And you'll love the extra zing from lemon zest and ground red pepper.
- Recipe: Chicken Salad Pitas
Wow family and friends with these easy party poppers. You can also bake the mixture in a casserole dish and use the breadcrumb coating as a crispy topping.
You can serve these hearty bites between biscuits, brioche, or artisan dinner rolls for an elegant presentation.
Save time and pick up brisket and sauce from your favorite barbecue joint to use in these party bites.
- Recipe: Brisket Shooters
These hearty bites will become your signature party dish. You can keep the queso blanco warm in a fondue pot or 1-qt. slow cooker.
These are cheesy, buttery, and altogether addicting. They’re great in a bread basket, served alongside chili, or as an appetizer.
- Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Rolls
Tortellini Caprese Bites are drizzled with a basil vinaigrette and are so simple to prepare. The no-mess presentation makes these appetizer skewers ideal for parties.
- Recipe: Tortellini Caprese Bites
You can bake the crostini up to a couple of hours ahead of time, top just before guests arrive and place in the oven to finish.
- Recipe: Grits Crostini
Roasting black-eyed peas gives them a crispy, dry texture that’s perfect for snacking. Chili powder and cumin give the beans a flavor-packed coating that won’t disappoint your guests.
- Recipe: Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
Start with black bean soup mix to make this zesty bean dip. Serve with slices of cucumber, bell pepper, or your favorite raw vegetable.
- Recipe: Cuban Black Bean Dip
A tasty appetizer of Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp will be hit with your party crowd. They'll savor the hint of heat mingled with sweetness in each bite.
- Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
This scrumptious appetizer is easy to prep. Simply roll a log of creamy goat cheese in fresh chopped thyme, parsley, tarragon, and mint in advance. Then, just before serving, spread onto fresh toasted baguette slices and top with sun-dried tomatoes and basil leaves.
- Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
Our Party-Style Pork Empanada uses refrigerated canned bread dough to make preparation easier. You can make up to two hours ahead of time, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the party.
- Recipe: Party-Style Pork Empanada
Add a caramel chewiness to already-delicious bacon-caramel corn.
- Recipe: Sorghum Caramel Corn
Bake a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese and top with a spicy tomato mixture for a warm dip that’s great for entertaining. You can assemble this dip ahead and freeze for up to one month.
Recipe: Baked Goat Cheese Dip
Two Southern icons make the ultimate sandwich, generously topped with pickled green tomatoes and local Raleigh honey.
- Recipe: Fried Chicken Thighs & Biscuits
We love when two Southern classics come together - like deviled eggs and pimiento cheese. You won't be able to tear yourself away from the deviled egg tray, especially if you garnish with sliced country ham and pickled okra.
Serve Black-eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip atop cornbread crackers for a unique regional pairing.
- Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
Use a combination of parsley, thyme, and oregano, or sage, rosemary, basil, and chives for a savory and perfectly balanced nibble.
- Recipe: Bacon-Herb Cupcakes
Our directions for these juicy baby back ribs are for a two-burner gas grill. If you have a three-burner grill, light both sides, and leave the center portion off.
- Recipe: Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs
Grits are treasured like gold in the South. These Bacon-Grits Fritters are the perfect Southern delicacy to introduce to your family and friends. Watch them quickly disappear
Recipe: Bacon-Grits Fritters
Okra thrives in the scorching heat of humid summers, soaring skyward in its semitropical glory. Originally from Africa, it is as overtly Southern as sweet tea and kudzu. Luckily for us, we have the inside secret when it comes to the delectable pods—no other people embrace okra as Southerners do.
Crushed pecans and baking mix form the crisp breading for this classic Southern-style side.
Recipe: Fried Pecan Okra
For a crowd, assemble several pizzas; cover and chill up to two hours. Bake a few at a time, to keep the Pizza Sticks coming out hot and fresh.
- Recipe: Pizza Sticks
Sweet potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and Italian spices make this good-for-you pie distinctly delicious.
- Recipe: Harvest Pizza
Make the filling ahead of time to meet your party preparation timeline. Serve with homemade chili sauce over a bed of fresh lettuce.
- Recipe: Shanghai Spring Rolls
These mouth-watering Latin pastries are stuffed with a flavorful mixture of chicken, green olives, fresh herbs, and spices.
- Recipe: Empanadas
This low-fat potato salad is rich with creamy goodness but easy on the fat and calories.
- Recipe: Veggie Potato Salad
Bring your homemade pizza to the next level by incorporating fresh ingredients. If you don't have time to prepare your own fresh dough, some supermarkets sell uncooked pizza dough on request from the bakery department.
- Recipe: Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza
Make these sandwiches for a throwback classic that is still delicious today.
Recipe: Rolled Olive Sandwiches
This easy chicken wing recipe is great for any party.
- Recipe: Honey Chicken Wings
These oven-fried drumsticks have a satisfyingly crunchy texture. We loved the flavor results when we used 1/2 tsp. red pepper.
- Recipe: Crispy Oven-Fried Drumsticks
This is an updated version of a recipe that used ham, cheese, and mustard. Eyes lit up at our tasting table when these roast beef sandwiches came out of the oven.
Recipe: Hot Roast Beef Party Sandwiches