Game day finger foods

4 Recipes for Cheap Crowd-Pleasing Eats
By Jessica Reinhart      

Boy, oh boy -- do we ever love this time of year, full of game days when we can gather, watch, snack and enjoy. And sure, the fact that it requires us to spend countless hours watching guys run around in tight pants isn’t half bad; but we simply gush over any excuse to get together with pals and gorge on yummy eats. And the biggest of those game days is right around the corner. And it will have those of us who love game-day entertaining in our element.

We’ve got nothing but love for party-givers who dish out labor-intensive, elaborate feasts for the masses. But when it comes to hosting our own game day festivities, we’d much rather toss out a spread that’s big on taste and light on legwork. This year we’re celebrating the game day with a host of fan-favorite recipes – the same time-tested tasty bits we’d be munching on if we were right there in the stadium – just sassed up a bit!

Read on for a play-by-play of four football friendly finger foods that are as inexpensive as they are easy to prepare.

Soft Pretzels. You know those deliciously soft and big pretzels you can pick up at the mall? Turns out you can make them from the comfort of your own home with this recipe.  Serve on a platter, along with an assortment of mustards for dipping.

Macho Nachos. If there’s one thing we love, it’s a healthy serving of oven-baked nachos. Unlike the fake cheese variety you’d pick up at the stadium, this souped-up recipe satisfies all the taste buds. And the best part? Aside from the chips and the cheese, you can omit any other ingredients you don’t have on hand.

Oven Baked French Fries. This recipe for oven baked French fries is a fan favorite. Slide them onto a pretty serving dish hot out of the oven and don’t forget the ketchup!

Slider Smorgasbord. Lay out a DIY burger bar, starting with this recipe for game day sliders. Include pickles, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup and mustard alongside your spread.