The NFL Conference Championship games have been played, and it’s the Atlanta Falcons making their second ever Super Bowl appearance to take on the New England Patriots, who will be making a record ninth appearance in the big game.

I’m in a bit of funk today, because it was my beloved Green Bay Packers that got beat by the Falcons over the weekend.  I know I’m spoiled by a team that has done so well over the last 2 decades, but it hurts when they were soooooo close to another Super Bowl trip.  I’m trying to remind myself that they had a record of 4-6 at one point in the season, and made it to the NFC Championship game!

But now it’s time to start planning for the Super Bowl.  Whether you watch for enjoyment of the game, for the half-time show or for the commercials, we all know that one important ingredient for the best watch party is the food!  And I certainly don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen and miss the fun, so my game plan calls for food you can prepare early, or even the day before.

If you are like me, you’ll love this list of more than 25 game day appetizers that you can make ahead of time, so you won’t miss the big play (or the best commercials)!

 

Let’s start with roll-ups, which actually taste better if they are made ahead and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them:

Your bacon lovers will love these BLT Pinwheels from Betty Crocker:

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Add a little kick to that bacon with Bacon Jalapeño Turkey Roll-Ups from Betty Crocker:

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And it wouldn’t be a party without these Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups I found on PopSugar:

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For the non-meat eaters in the group, try these Veggie Tortilla Roll-Ups from Betty Crocker:

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The next 2 aren’t roll-ups, but both of these appetizers can be assembled ahead of time, and baked just before kick-off:

 

How about these Pepperoni Pizza Rolls from Chocolate with Grace:

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And a personal favorite of mine, Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders from Little Dairy on the Prairie:

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Food on a stick is easy to serve and easy to eat while focused on the TV screen, so give these two recipes a try:

 

Mediterranean Shrimp Kabobs from Tablespoon:

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Antipasto Kabobs from Taste of Home:

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And for make ahead ease, you can’t beat the crock pot.

 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from Damn Delicious:

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Slow Cooker Bean and Cheese Queso from Baked Bree:

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa Bites from the Cookie Rookie:

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Simply Stacie:

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Frito chili pie from I Heart Eating:

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Slow-Cooker Spicy Bacon Corn Dip from Foodie with Family:

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Slow Cooker Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs from Crème de la Creme:

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I love munchies that you can grab and eat by the handful:

 

Chipotle Lime Roasted Peanuts from Dizzy Busy and Hungry:

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Candied Bacon and Nuts from Recipe Tin Eats:

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Buffalo Wing Chex Mix™ from Tablespoon:

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And let’s not forget the chips and dips, crackers and cheese balls:

 

Peppery Ranch Cheese Ball on PopSugar:

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Cheddar Phyllo Crackers on PopSugar:

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Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus on PopSugar:

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Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus from Cookie and Kate:

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Everything Bagel Cheez-Its from My Name is Yeh:

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Layered Shrimp Dip from Taste of Home:

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And last but not least, save room for dessert:

 

Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball from Shugary Sweets:

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Chocolate Cheesecake Football Shooters
from The First Year Blog:

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NFL Team Cupcakes from Cakes.com to make in your favorite team colors.  And aren’t they cute in green and gold?  I promise that this just happened to be the picture on their website, but you’ll have to check it out yourself if you don’t believe me!

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I’ll be back next week with more easy recipes for the big game, so be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss anything.

Can’t wait until next week for even more ideas?  Check out my posts from last year on How to Host the Most Amazing Super Bowl Party Ever and How to Use Your Crock Pot for an Easy Gameday Party.

 

See you next week:

Carrie

 

P.S.  Has anyone tried out any of my DIY fleece scarves yet?  I love the Fleece Spirit Scarf we made last week, but it’s been too warm here in Georgia to get much use out of it yet!  It’s January, and this just is NOT right!  Come on cold weather!

 

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