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Gameday Grub: 20 Awesome Foods For NFL Football Fans

Considering that it's almost the end of the year, we have also entered into the prime of football season. More and more important playoffs are happening each week and the rivalries are heating up. Gathering up your buddies to watch the game, sharing the ups and downs of the game while munching on Buffalo wings and drinking beer to your heart's content - there is no better way to relax and bond with your friends.

The 2018 NFL season began on September 6, 2018 with the defending Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Kickoff Game.  The season concludes with Super Bowl LIII, the league's championship game, in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 3, 2019. The season's 256 games are being played over a 17-week schedule. The majority of games are played on Sundays, so its easy for friends to gather and watch the game together.

The speciality of football season is that its also snack season! Food, especially finger food with dips, is synonymous with watching football. There is something immensely satisfying about overindulging on calorie laden foods and drinks while watching all that action on the football field.

Here we have provided you with all the snack ideas you need to host a football party for your friends. If you are planning on healthy fruits and salads for your NFL Sundays, then these aren't for you. Here we are talking about beer batter fried delicacies and sinfully cheesy barbeque sloppy Joes and sliders. From Spicy Drumettes and Mini Meatballs to Buffalo Chicken Wellington and Pigs in Spicy Blankets, our list of list of gameday grub is sure to make you the star of the game night. Now game on!

20 Beer Batter Fried Pickles

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The southern states are known for their rich culinary heritage, but did you know that southerners also love to batter fry everything in sight. Now let's get back to the topic of football grub. Ask a guy what he wants for football night and he'll surely tell you - a beer and some crunchy snacks with a yummy dip and maybe some pickle to go with it.

So surprise him and serve him up with this Alabama-original, fried pickles. What's so special about it? The beer-batter! Dill pickle pieces are first dipped in a batter made with beer, egg, baking powder, salt, and flour. It is then deep fried in oil and served hot with spicy ranch dipping sauce. Just bite into one and you'll be having a party in your mouth.

19 Sweet And Spicy Drumettes

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You may have heard of chicken drumsticks and chicken wings, but drumettes may be a new term for many. Drumettes are the small fleshy part of a chicken wing, the portion where the wing is still attached to the rest of the chicken. The name drumette may be due to its shape like that of a (larger) chicken drumstick. Though a drumette has only one bone in the center, there are joints and cartilage on either end of it.

Now, check out this sweet and spicy drumette recipe from Mexico. The secret ingredient of this super flavorful chicken wings is the ancho chile, which actually is a dried poblano chile, sold as "pasilla" in the US. Seasoning them ahead of time is the key, so do that at least an hour in advance. But if you keep it seasoned and overnight, it's a complete game changer.

18 Southern Style Homemade Hot Dog Chili Sauce

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It's hard to find a guy who doesn't love hot dogs. The great thing about a hot dog is that it can stand up to strong flavors just like a burger. You can decorate your hot dog with anything from blood orange mustard and chili to prickly pear mayo. If you order a hot dog in any stand at Southwest Virginia, they will serve it to you with chili, unless you specifically tell them not to. I love having chili with my hot dog.

Try making this super-duper chili ahead of time. If you wish to have a true southern experience, then add the chili along with some bbq slaw on your hot dog. If you have any leftovers, try them on tater tots or french fries, it tastes simply wonderful.

17 Cheese Boat

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Are bread boats from Italy or France? Did you know that in France, it's a law that bread cannot have added oil or fat. French baguettes are made using water, flour, yeast and salt while breads made in Italy often has milk, olive oil, and some sugar in its contents. To make your bread boat, you can choose a long loaf of either kind.

Bread boats not only look amazing, they just really delicious with all cream cheese and sharp cheddar melted into it. Corned beef is used in this recipe though you can substitute that with minced chicken or beef. The two types of cheese and the meat are mixed with green onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, hot sauce and chili powder, spooned into the hollow center of the bread loaf and then baked for 30 minutes, until bubbling. You can serve this warm with large corn chips.

16 Fried Green Tomato Sliders

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A slider is America's version of a steam-grilled sandwich. They look similar to hamburgers, but are much smaller in size. But nowadays, any small sandwich made using slider rolls are called sliders. These mini burgers are very versatile as you can make so many variations of it.

Fried green tomato sliders are layered with a mayonnaise base, then a shredded vegetable mix, cooked bacon slices and obviously fried green tomatoes. You can add some sweet-hot pickle chips to the bun using wooden picks for garnishing. Chopped cilantro and Asian sriracha hot chili sauce is mixed into the mayo for that extra kick.

15 Buffalo Chicken Wellington

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Made with chicken cutlets, oozy cheese, and buttery puff pastry, you can already sense how tasty this one is going to be. If you are watching the game with other guys, be prepared to grab your share of this exotic football grub. There are no chances of getting any seconds, so dig in and have as much as you can, the first time around.

You can use frozen puff pastry for this, but remember to thaw it out before using. Hot sauce and mixed with unsalted butter for brushing on the chicken cutlets and the puff pastry sheets.  Once you make the Wellington using the cutlets, blue cheese, and mozzarella cheese, you have to turn it over so it is seam-side down. Bake until deep golden brown and serve with ranch dressing.

14 Cheesy Barbecue Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joes are meant to be quick, easy and inexpensive to throw together and have on the go. If it's almost time for the game to start and you don't have the time to cook up something fancy, good old Sloppy Joe can come to your rescue.

A classic sloppy joe is made with ground beef or pork, not chicken. Chopped onion, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, tomato ketchup, and other optional seasonings are added to the meat mix and served on hamburger buns. If you don't like the tomatoes, you can leave them out or you can add in a pinch of sugar to balance out that acidity. Top up with plenty of shredded cheddar cheese, and enjoy.

13 Nacho Chicken Drumsticks

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What would you choose to munch on while watching your game? Crunchy nachos with a guacamole dip, a cheesy dip, salsa or some pickled jalapenos. Or do you crave for some fried chicken? Can't decide between the two? Don't worry, how about we combine all of these to make a crazy recipe that tastes out of this world. That's what this recipe for Nacho Chicken Drumsticks gives you!

Mix some salt and pepper with all-purpose flour. Toss chicken drumsticks into this and coat lightly. Dip them into a bowl of beaten eggs and then roll in crushed tortilla chips. Deep fry till golden and cooked through. Arrange them on a baking tray and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for about 4 minutes, until the cheese melts. Top with salsa, guacamole,, and pickled jalapenos.

12 Caramelized Onion Dip With Gruyere Toasts

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Finger foods are must have snacks for game nights. French fries, nachos, fried pickles, fish fingers, chicken nuggets, the list is endless. But having the right dip can take this to the next level altogether. Try out this onion dip made with sweet caramelized onions and fresh thyme.

Inspired by the traditional onion soup recipes of France, this dip is made using sour cream and yellow onions. To make it a really exotic offering, serve with cheesy baguettes and endive leaves. Top the bread with gruyere cheese or any other Swiss cheese and bake till the cheese melts and the baguettes are crisp and golden brown

11 Fried Pecan Okra

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Okra is not a vegetable I would normally associate with football grub. But this crunchy fried pecan okras makes a perfect snack for game night. The pecans are what makes this dish stand out. You can also try making them using other nuts such as almonds or cashews.

To make this recipe, you'll need a cup of pecans. Bake them till crisp and process them into a coarse powder. Add this to all-purpose baking mix. Adjust the salt to your taste. Add some pepper or chili powder if you like it spicy. Toss the okra in this mixture till well coated and then deep fry till golden brown in peanut oil.

10 Shanghai Spring Rolls With Sweet Chilli Sauce

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If you're looking for game-day party ideas, then these Asian-inspired spring rolls make the perfect appetizers. Serve these spring rolls over a bed of fresh lettuce with some homemade chili sauce and you are sure to impress your guests. This recipe uses shrimps and pork, but you can substitute them with minced chicken or beef.

Toss together your choice of finely chopped shrimp, ground pork, beaten egg, minced water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, green onions, garlic cloves, and ginger. Flavor with soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Your spring roll mixture is ready. Roll up in spring roll wrappers and deep fry till golden brown.

9 Party Style Pork Empanada

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This recipe comes from Spain and the verb 'empanar' literally translates to "enbreaded" meaning 'wrapped or coated in bread'. An empanada is a type of pastry that is baked or fried. It is made by folding dough over a stuffing, which may be made of meat, cheese, corn, and so on. You can make any stuffing you like.

This Party-Style Pork Empanada recipe uses refrigerated canned bread dough. You can use your own version of homemade bread dough too. The stuffing is made using pork cubes with picadillo seasoning. Other stuffing ingredients include raisins, lime juice, slivered almonds, cilantro, sour cream, and pepper.

8 Buffalo Chicken Dip

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No Super Bowl party is complete without a Buffalo Chicken Dip. This tastes like buffalo wings dipped in ranch dressing though it's more of a pie dish. It's really easy to toss together, mess-free, and it has all the flavors you look for in a football grub recipe.

This is the perfect recipe for cheese lovers as it uses cream cheese, blue cheese, and mozzarella cheese. It's best made in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Mix together hot sauce and the three kinds of cheese. Add in the canned chicken and bake until the mixture is hot and bubbling, for about 20 minutes. Serve with crackers, chips, or fresh veggie sticks.

7 Pigs In Spicy Blankets

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If you are going to watch them toss those pigskins around, what better to munch on than some delicious 'pigs in a blanket' as appetizers. Did you know that though footballs in America are still called “pigskins,” all pro-level footballs are actually made with cowhide leather? The cheaper ones are made with a synthetic material or vulcanized rubber.

'Pigs in a blanket' is a variety of different sausage-based foods wrapped up in croissant dough. This is a popular recipe in many countries including the US and even, Japan. The type of sausage used in the center varies depending on the geographic location. All you have to do is wrap each individual sausage in a croissant and bake. To add some extra flavor, slit each sausage and stuff with cheese, before wrapping and baking them. Serve them with the mustard or any dip of your choice.

6 Pigskins In Blankets

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This recipe for pigskins in a blanket used kielbasa, which is a type of meat sausage from Poland. Kielbasa is one of the most traditional foods served at their weddings. Originally made of pork, these sausages are flavored with caraway seeds and have a heady garlic taste.

To make this recipe, you have to first split the kielbasa in half lengthwise and then cut each half into six pieces. Cook them on medium heat till their skin is crisp. Roll out the pastry dough and cut out circles. Keep a sausage piece in the center of each circle and close them up. Seal well and gently pull on the ends to make a tapered football shape. Brush with egg wash and bake till brown.

5 Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

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Deviled eggs, also known as stuffed eggs or dressed eggs, are hard-boiled eggs that are cut in half and filled with a mixture made from the egg yolks and other ingredients such as mustard, mayo, pickles, etc. The eggs can be made a day ahead of your football party. You can refrigerate the boiled egg whites and filling separately till needed.

To make this recipe, boil your eggs till hard, for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool and shell them. Cut into halves and scoop out the egg yolks. Mix in these yolks with mayo, yellow mustard, minced celery, chopped pickle relish, scallion, parsley, and Tabasco sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to your taste. Till egg halves with this yolk mixture. Sprinkle some pepper powder and chopped parsley for garnish.

4 Mini Meatballs

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A glass of beer and some meatballs on a toothpick. What a great way to start your game night party. It is said that biting into a perfect meatball is a soul-satisfying experience. Serve these mini meatballs with a side of sautéed greens and a glass of red wine, though I'm sure you'd rather go with some strong lager style beer.

Start by mixing the minced beef, pork, and breadcrumbs together. Add in milk, parsley, eggs, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. Chill this mixture for about 30 minutes before shaping them into balls. Line your baking pan with foil or parchment and arrange your meatballs on them. Bake for 30 mins. Serve with toothpicks inserted into them.

3 Beef Sliders With Pickled Peppers

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This one is a slow cooker recipe that makes life much easier for you. Do your prep the night before the big game, plug in the cooker and let it do its job. During the game, your crowd can build their own sliders while you sit back enjoy your game with a mug of chilled beer.

Get a boneless chuck roast, season it with salt and pepper. Brown this on all sides for a few minutes in an iron skillet. Put the roast, chopped onion, carrots, celery, and garlic into the slow cooker. Add in thyme, along with beef broth, red wine, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on HIGH 6 to 8 hours. Strain this both into a separate bowl  Take out the roast, shred the meat and mix it with horseradish, parsley and chives. Add in one cup of strained broth and mix. Your beef filling for sliders is ready.

2 Sausage Hors D'oeuvres

If mini meatballs are not your thing, then try out this easy to make appetizer made with spicy pork sausages. You can make this sausage mix earlier, even a day before, shape the balls and keep them ready for frying. Fry them before your guests arrive, afterall you'd rather be watching the game rather than spend time in the kitchen frying them up when the game is on.

Chop up the sausage or put it in a mixer and blend on low speed. Add in grated Cheddar cheese and self rising flour. You can use a baking mix such as Bisquick. Flavor with salt pepper to your taste. Your sausage mixture is ready. Shape the mix into one inch balls and place them apart in on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake them in a preheated oven, at  375 degrees F, for about 20 minutes. Serve them with some ketchup or a mayo dip.

1 Guacamole

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It is said that the Aztecs were the first to develop the Guacamole, the avocado-based dip, that has taken America by storm. It is now an international dish thats used as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient.

To make this recipe, scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl with onion and garlic. Add in the salt, lime juice, cilantro, tomato, and jalapenos. Mix until just combined, keeping the guacamole chunky. While making guacomole, keep in mind that avocado takes some time to absorb the flavors you add to it. So if your guac is too salty or tangy, wait for a few minutes before adding more salt or lime juice. If you don't wait, you may end up overseasoning it.

Try out these 20 stunning football grubs and you'll be the star of the game night. Your buddies will clamor to get invited to your football night parties, whether it be a pre-game show on NBC or the Sunday night and Wild Card Saturday NFL games.

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