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Football Season (and Fall/Winter) is, hands-down, my favorite time of the year. We have so many things to look forward to – cooler weather, college football on Saturday, NFL on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday.
But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about bringing together my favorite game-day foods. We like to do it up when we are watching football, and we really like to go all out for Superbowl Sunday – a tradition that I inherited from my parents.
We always love to start off with finger foods and snacks. I love having a little something to munch on while the main dish is cooking and everyone is arriving.
Addicting Chex Party Mix (Crack Pretzel Snack Mix)
4.89 from 18 votes
Chex party mix is a twist on a family favorite called "Crack Pretzels" that covers all the bases – salty, crunchy, cheesy – and addicting. Because nothing is more satisfying than a handful of a saltysnack mix when hunger hits.
Candied Bourbon Pecans are salty, sweet, and just a little bit spicy. The taste of bourbon is very subtle but it gives these pecans the perfect amount of something extra to make them so delicious and addicting.
"Crack" Pretzels are aptly named for their addictive quality. You can't have just one! They have a ton of ranch flavor, but also have a little spice, a little garlic, and a subtly warm cinnamon undertone.
The Very Best Bacon Jam (Balsamic, Onion, and Thyme)
4.80 from 5 votes
Bacon & Onion jam is one of my favorite appetizers – served with some crackers and cheese, it is such a treat. The balsamic flavor is deep & rich, the caramelized onions give off such a sweet flavor, and of course, the taste of bacon is always amazing.
After we get through the finger foods, we will serve something a little heartier, like chicken tenders with Raising Cane’s Sauce for dipping.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders
4.98 from 35 votes
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders are marinated in seasoned buttermilk, breaded in seasoned flour and panko breadcrumbs, and fried in peanut oil until golden brown and crispy. They are absolute perfection.
We also love to make some fried shrimp or fried catfish with homemade tartar sauce!
Deep Fried Shrimp
5 from 1 vote
Perfectly battered and fried to a golden crisp, these succulent shrimp make for a mouth-watering appetizer or main dish. Deep-fried shrimp are crispy and delicious, and pair perfectly with homemade tartar sauce.
This Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce recipe is the perfect sauce to dip your crunchy fried fish fillets or crispy fried shrimp in. The tangy flavor pairs perfectly with so many dishes, and it is so easy to make.
Or, if you like your cornbread without any sugar – my southern cornbread is really popular and is so delicious!
4.89 from 26 votes
Southern Cornbread takes simple yellow cornmeal and brings out the naturally sweet flavor of corn, without adding sugar. Cooked in a cast iron skillet with bacon drippings – it will please even the toughest critics.