30 Game Day Recipes

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, football makes my eyes bleed.

There were about two hours this fall when I thought I might actually understand the rules and get into the game, which I have to say was rather thrilling. But that was only because I was at an actual NFL game with my roommate, my phone was dead, and I had literally nothing else to do than listen to Logan explain things like downs and extra points. I was also drunk. I probably would have been equally interested in the Westminster Dog Show (reminder: I do not like dogs) or competitive badminton under those conditions.

Anyhoo, despite my well-documented distaste for fooseball, I LOVE the Super Bowl for even more well-documented reasons: Food! Booze! Dudes! I’ve been feeling a little exhausted of late, so I shall not be hosting a Game Day soirée this year, but if you think I won’t be eating Buffalo fingies, drinking a bucket of beer, and passing out on my roommate in between commercials, you’re clearly new here. (Welcome!)

Whether your plans are similar to mine or involve entertaining a boatload of football crazies enthusiasts, I imagine you’ll be needing some dank feasting options come Sunday. For proud owners of The Dude Diet, there’s an entire CHAPTER devoted to Game Day Eats I recommend perusing, but I’ve also rounded up my very best blog offerings below. From chili and tacos to fingies and sliders, there’s a little something for everyone this weekend (even the vegetarians/vegans/gluten-free peeps).

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose! Roll Tide! Touchdown! Etc., etc.

Domesticate ME!’s Best Game Day Recipes:

CHILI AND STEW
Pork and Pinto Bean Chili
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
White Bean Chicken Chili
Chipotle Chicken Stew

TACOS, ‘DILLAS, AND NACHOS
Slow-Roasted Chicken Tacos with Mediterranean Salsa
Crispy Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Avocado Salsa Verde
Spicy Chicken Quesadillas with Corn, Black Beans, and Caramelized Onions
Chipotle Steak Quesadillas
Brie Quesadillas with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Beer-Glazed Onions
Loaded Sweet Potato Irish Nachos with Beer-Braised Short Ribs
Ahi Nachos with Pickled Red Onions and Wasabi Crema

SUPER SANDWICHES AND SLIDERS
Open-Face Buffalo Chicken Subs with Ranch Slaw
Barbecue Chicken Grilled Cheese
Dude Diet Turkey Reuben Sandwiches
The Ultimate Hawaiian Grilled Cheese
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders
Spicy Pulled Chicken Sliders with Bacon-Queso Guacamole
Bacon and Smoked Cheddar Stuffed Cheeseburger Sliders with Jalapeño Relish

CHRONIC CASSEROLES
Stuffed Poblano Quinoa Bake
Cheeseburger Quinoa Bake
Chicken Meatball Fajita Skillet
Mexican Mac and Cheese
Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale and Black Bean Enchiladas
Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Bacon

FWOT (Fingers, Wings, and Other Things)
Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders with Sriracha Honey Mustard
Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Yogurt Ranch
Thai Hot Dogs with Cucumber-Mango Slaw and Homemade Srirachup
“Chickpotle” Tortilla Pizza
Chicken Jalapeño Popper Dip
Sriracha Caramel Corn

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  • S Wilson

    I’m beyond inspired by the game day section of the DD opus.
    Before I do something irreversible to the 3 pounds of raw wings in my fridge, could it possibly be true that the Fiery Ginger Wings are skin-on?
    It seems too good to be real, so wanted to check before stripping them naked and roasting to a golden brown.
    How fantastic to have a recipe that uses the ginger beer required for Moscow mule production!
    You rock, sistah.

    • YES to mules and chicken wings!!!
      I hope I’m not too late to save your wingies right now–they should be skin on! That’s how they get nice and crispy (and baking them on the rack allows some of the fat to drip off).
      GODSPEED, and happy feasting! xox