Game Day Food On A Budget

Life of the Party | Sep 03, 2019

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Bruschetta-esque tomato-avocado toast on a plate.
Bruschetta-esque tomato-avocado toast on a plate.

And so it begins: football is back in our lives! That means from the kickoff game on September 5th through the Super Bowl on February 2nd, 2020, we’ve got a lot of games to watch, last-second field goals to endure, and touchdown dances to imitate. We also know that football is better with food because the two fit together like a big letter D and a cutout of a picket fence. But you don’t have to spend a ton of time or money to make a game-day spread fit for an MVP.

Here are a few ideas to help out:

Dip. Every game day appetizer selection needs a good dip (or two). And with relatively few ingredients, they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can get started with one of these 14 takes on classic cheese dip. If you want to switch things up, try out this lasagna dip, which you can have ready in the time between pre-game and kickoff.

Finger food will go a long way at your opening game party. It’s more fun to eat and it lets your guests be more mobile when things get interesting. These mini pizzas are just a matter of tortillas, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Or put the flavor of chicken wings on a bun with these less-mess buffalo chicken sliders. Lastly, while it’s not finger food, it is the height of mobile (and budget-friendly) eats — we suggest the walking taco.

Veggies don’t have to be an obligation, you know, just in case someone is on a diet. They can be the star of the table. This pesto bruschetta recipe only uses a few ingredients and it’ll end quickly in an empty plate. Same goes with this bruschetta-esque tomato-avocado toast. And for something fresh and light, try some fresh vegetable rolls with store-bought peanut sauce.

When it comes to drinks, you don’t have to be from the south to enjoy a cool glass of Georgia on my mind. For guests who want something along the lines of beer that isn’t beer, a homemade shandy with ginger and lemonade hits the spot.

Don’t forget the 2019 NFL football season starts with one game on September 5th and a full slate of Sunday games on September 8th. You can find the full week-one schedule here. Have a happy game day!

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