So, it’s true, you really can’t have a game day gathering without serving up tasty food. But who wants to spend the day in the kitchen preparing? These easy game day snacks and sides, will make your guests happy without you losing a day to prep and cooking.
The first thing to keep in mind is people like to munch on foods before or during a game. No one wants to sit down for a meal. And you don’t want to feel stuffed during the game. So munchies it is.
Snacks and Sides
To start try serving up these Super Bowl party sliders. They’re the perfect pre-game snack—enough to satisfy, not enough to make you full. Of course, if you’re going to have sliders, then you need chips. Here’s an easy homemade chip recipe that looks a lot harder than it is to make. You just have to make sure you don’t eat them all before your guests get there.
Whether you make homemade chips or go for the traditional tortilla chips and salsa, consider these dips to go with. Choose between homemade guacamole or guacamole with a twist: broccomoli. As for the latter one, your friends will love it and you don’t have to tell them about the broccoli.
If you need a few easy game day snacks and sides ideas, try these grilled sides. Serve with the sliders or on their own as a plate of appetizers.
You can pretty much grill anything from asparagus to peaches—even watermelon. While you can use sauces and marinades on veggies, the most reliable option is a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Grilled corn on the cob: Here are two ways to cook corn on the cob. Turn heat to medium high.
- Keep the corn in the husk. Place corn on the grill and close cover. Roll corn every 5 minutes for roughly 15-20 minutes until kernels are tender (usually a brighter shade of yellow than when they are uncooked). Remove from grill, peel husk, and eat.
- Peel the husk off the corn before cooking it. Place corn in tinfoil. Leave corn plain or smother corn in butter and salt and wrap in tinfoil. Cook on grill for 15 minutes, turning every 3-4 minutes.
Grilled Asparagus: Place asparagus in bread pan. Roll spears in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place crosswise directly on grill grate. Grill approximately 2-3 minutes a side on medium heat. Until lightly brown and tender.
Grilled Red, yellow, and orange peppers: Cut peppers in half from top to bottom. Cut each half lengthwise into 3 slices roughly 1-inch wide. Place slices in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil.
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms: Although you could put olive oil and salt on mushrooms, we think a peanut sauce or soy sauce type marinade works best. If you don’t want to spend all weekend in the kitchen, pick up any marinade, grilling sauce or even a salad dressing would work for grilling mushrooms.