Most folks will tell you game day is about football and beer, but we’re going to put our money on the food and the kitchen island. Now before you get all defensive, hear us out. Snacks are a quintessential part of game day, and without the kitchen island, your coffee table can get real cluttered, real fast.
No longer just a prep space, kitchen island trends dictate how you entertain and what’s on the menu. From a buffet style spread to portable kitchen island ideas that let you take the food front row, your guests will be able to graze in game day fashion. Pair these easy snack ideas with your favorite piece of furniture for a fan-approved Sunday Fun-day.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Sure you can buy spinach dip in the freezer section, but the homemade stuff is so much better! This easy recipe takes less than 30 minutes, so there goes your excuse.
Cream Cheese (8 ounces)
Sour Cream (1/2 cup)
Shredded Parmesan Cheese (1 cup)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (1 cup)
Fresh Baby Spinach (1 bag)
Artichokes (14 ounces)
4 Garlic Cloves (minced)
Cayenne Pepper and Salt
Your only prep will be to chop up your artichokes into smaller pieces and steam your spinach. In a medium-sized pot, combine all of your cheese ingredients and stir over medium heat until the cream cheese is melted. Add in the artichokes, spinach, and garlic and stir for about two minutes on low-medium heat until everything is combined and creamy. Remove your dip from the heat, and top with cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Serve your game day dip with tortilla chips or crackers.
Baked Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups
Chicken wings are delicious — but messy! An easier alternative that is just as yummy, and less likely to ruin your sofa, is these buffalo chicken rollups from Pillsbury. Serve them up on a platter with celery sticks and ranch dressing.
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (8 ounces)
Shredded Rotisserie Chicken (2 cups)
Hot Sauce (2 tablespoons)
Cream Cheese (2 ounces)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (3 ounces)
Chopped Celery (1/4 cup)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease a round 9-inch pan. In a bowl, mixed shredded chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, cheddar cheese and celery. On a cutting board, unroll your sheet of dough and spread out your mixture leaving about a ½ inch around the edges. From one long side, roll over until you reach the end and seal it by pinching the seams together. Cut the roll into eight pieces and place cut side down in your pan. Bake your roll ups for 18-22 minutes or until the dough is deep golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes and serve with a side of celery and ranch sauce for dipping.
Sandwich On A Stick
Setting up a sandwich station can kill the flow of your party and bring out people’s picky side.
“Is this Munster? Do you have Cheddar?”
But football lovers do love sandwiches! These unconventional sandwich skewers are an easy way to get people what they want, no assembly required.
Deli Sliced Ham
Provolone Cheese Slices
Sharp American Cheese Slices
Sliced French Bread
Each skewer will require approximately 2 slices of meat, 2 slices of cheese, 1 slice of bread, 2 tomatoes, and 1 leaf of lettuce, so plan according to your party size. To prep, cut your ham and cheeses into quarters, and grape tomatoes in half, for easy assembly. Thread all of your ingredients onto the skewers in an alternating fashion. Serve with spicy brown or honey mustard for dipping.
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