The Big Game is almost here and many of you are likely in the throes of planning the perfect game day party. Unfortunately my team isn’t going to be playing next week as their pretty fantastic season ended in defeat just last week during the Playoffs! Just because my guys won’t be playing next week doesn’t mean there won’t be cause for gathering with friends and family to watch the game and eat some good grub! The commercials and the food are what football is all about anyway, right? Okay, maybe not everyone agrees with that, but you can’t deny their place!
To help you prepare, I created a nice spread for my family and friends, which was EASY, filling and appetizing. Those are three qualities you need for game-watching. You don’t want to have to get up and down from the kitchen, or to worry about a lot of dishes! Park yourself in front of the big screen with platter after platter of the following foods, and you’ll be set!
All of the following game day party foods can be purchased at Walmart. I even got the lasagna on sale!! Sweet price for a Party Size lasagna!
- Stouffers Party Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce
- 12 ct. pack Hot Pockets Ham & Cheese with Croissant Crust
- Digiorno Rising Crust Pizza
- 12 ct. pack Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza with Garlic Buttery Seasoned Crust
Follow my instructions and you’ll have a tasty feast to please, with easy clean-up!
The key to making these foods work for your football viewing party is to cut everything into bite-size pieces, or slightly larger. Rather than serve whole pizza slices which can be cumbersome, we cut them into bite-size pieces so they could be eaten with fingers or toothpicks. This way people can enjoy more of a variety of foods rather than be stuck with an entire slice of any one thing.
Lasagna is and always has been one of my kids’ favorite meals. While I can make a decent homemade lasagna, it doesn’t even come close to the taste of Stouffer’s Lasagnas! They are simply amazing and I discovered that the cost is quite comparable to homemade lasagna. Pick up a Party Size, bake and slice into smaller portions. Serve in Reynolds Foil Baking Cups with some plastic forks and you are good to go!
Now for everyone’s favorite part of the meal – bite-size Hot Pockets! I recommend baking these in the oven for more of a crispy and substantial bite. Let them sit for a bit before cutting into, to prevent the cheese from oozing out. Serve with the following dipping sauces and you are in for a real treat!
Here are 3 easy dipping sauces that are fantastic for a wide variety of foods. We dipped the pizza and the hot pockets in each of these and boy oh boy were they yummy! We’ve got a Garlic Bacon Ranch Dip (my favorite), Chipotle Adobo Dip and Creamy Avocado Dip. I will share the recipes at the bottom of this post.
We can’t forget about dessert! To get in the spirit of the game, and possibly a little rivalry, we created Touchdown Sundaes using EDY’S or DREYER’S Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae Ice Cream. Top them with ice cream toppings to match the colors of whichever team you are rooting for. We had our sundaes during last week’s game so we used strawberry and caramel toppings with a nice mixture of gold, white and red sprinkles for OUR team. Then the two guests who were rooting for the opposing team (can you believe we let them dine with us???) used navy, lime green and white sprinkles. We gave them a bit of a hard time for choosing the opposing team colors, but it was all in good fun.
The kids chose to eat NESTLE Crunch Dipped DRUMSTICK Cones (their favorite), which meant even less dishes for me! Everyone had a great time and I hope this gives you some ideas for planning your big day Sunday! Follow the #GameTimeGoodies hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see more recipes and game day party food ideas!
- single serve container of Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, diced
- 2 tsp adobo sauce
- 2 heaping Tbs finely diced red bell pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, until well combined. Serve and enjoy!
- 2 large ripe avocados, mashed with a fork
- Juice of one lime
- single serve container Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp onion power
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
- Mix all ingredients in one bowl, until well combined. Serve and enjoy!
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp worcetershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp chipotle pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- In a bowl combine all ingredients, minus the bacon. Whisk until well combined.
- Stir in bacon and serve.