38 Ways to Eat Well on Game Day

HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 18, 2014: The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league that constitutes one of the four major professional sports leagues in the USA.
HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 18, 2014: The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league that constitutes one of the four major professional sports leagues in the USA.

The rules of game-day eating are perhaps even more stringently observed than the rules of football, and nowhere are the divisions by “team” so clear: Some will insist on beer; some will pre-game the game with a well-garnished Bloody Mary. Some will say nachos are a must; others, chili and/or wings—and others, ceviche. There’s the unspoken, unquestioned mandate of finger food, and the requirement for a “balanced” menu of salt, fat, sugar, and crunch.

Study the rules ahead of time; plot out your moves. And pull from this roster of 38 recipes that adhere to at least some of the rules—and elicit cheers from the crowd:

Drinks


Mezcal Michelada

Mezcal Michelada by Josh Cohen

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Handblown Moroccan Glass Tumblers (Set of 6)

Handblown Moroccan Glass Tumblers (Set of 6)


Margarita

Margarita by Erika Kotite

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Apple Rye Punch

Apple Rye Punch by Kate Williams

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Slip Cast Grigri Growler (64 oz.)

Slip Cast Grigri Growler (64 oz.)


Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger

Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger by inpatskitchen

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Finger Food—The Classic


Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings by heather

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Patricia Wells' Fake Frites

Patricia Wells’ Fake Frites by Genius Recipes

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Round Walnut and Sycamore Board

Round Walnut and Sycamore Board


Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins by Josh Cohen

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Pork Rinds Variety Snack Pack (Pack of 6)

Pork Rinds Variety Snack Pack (Pack of 6)


Super(bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Super(bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos by Kendra Vaculin

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Wasabi Pea Snack Mix

Wasabi Pea Snack Mix by Kendra Vaculin

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 Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs

Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs by foxeslovelemons

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Ideas in Food's Korean-Style Chicken Wings

Ideas in Food’s Korean-Style Chicken Wings by Genius Recipes

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Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese

Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese by Nothing in the House // Emi…

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Finger Food—The Spunky


Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon

Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon by molly yeh

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Chicharrón with Lime and Chili Salt

Chicharrón with Lime and Chili Salt by Cara Nicoletti

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Pickled Green Beans, Okra, Beets, and Relish

Pickled Green Beans, Okra, Beets, and Relish


Lamb Ribs with Tamarind, Honey, and Toasted Peanuts

Lamb Ribs with Tamarind, Honey, and Toasted Peanuts by Sara Jenkins

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Herbed Butternut Squash Chips

Herbed Butternut Squash Chips by Merrill Stubbs

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The Elegant Hors d'Oeuvre's Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

The Elegant Hors d’Oeuvre’s Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts by Genius Recipes

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Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix

Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix by drbabs

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Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas (Pack of 4)

Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas (Pack of 4)


Smoky Fried Chickpeas

Smoky Fried Chickpeas by Aliwaks

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Angostura Bitters-Glazed Popcorn

Angostura Bitters-Glazed Popcorn by The F&B Department

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Dips


Nacho Cheese Sauce

Nacho Cheese Sauce by Lara

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Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing

Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing by Tara O’Brady

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Sweet & Savory Finishing Sauces (Set of 3)

Sweet & Savory Finishing Sauces (Set of 3)


Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip

Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip by Oui, Chef

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Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

Roberto Santibañez’ Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes

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Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue

Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue by darksideofthespoon

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Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce

Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce by Gena Hamshaw

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Tomato & Garlic Achaar (2 Jars)

Tomato & Garlic Achaar (2 Jars)


Queso Fundido con Hongos

Queso Fundido con Hongos by aargersi

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Winter Fruit Salsa

Winter Fruit Salsa by hardlikearmour

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More Than a Bite


Short Rib Chili

Short Rib Chili by lastnightsdinner

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Rancho Gordo-XOXOC Project Bean Collection

Rancho Gordo-XOXOC Project Bean Collection


Hot Chicken and Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle

Hot Chicken and Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle by Karrie / Tasty Ever After

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Texas Tailgate Burger

Texas Tailgate Burger by aargersi

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Soup Mug

Soup Mug


Chili Gumbo

Chili Gumbo by aargersi

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Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili

Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili by creamtea

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Vegetarian Muffuletta

Vegetarian Muffuletta by Josh Cohen

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Sweet Stuff


Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares

Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares by Selma | Selma’s Table

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Salty Caramel (2 Bags)

Salty Caramel (2 Bags)


Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow

Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

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Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies by Leslie Stephens

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Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars by Riley Wofford

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Bodacious Bacon Beer Brittle (2 Bags)

Bodacious Bacon Beer Brittle (2 Bags)

Tell us what’s on your game-day menu—and which team you’re rooting for!—in the comments.

This article was written by Caroline Lange from Food52 and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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