What to Serve When Watching the Game

Take a break from cheering on your team to refuel with some of these mouth-watering, homemade appetizers

Steamed buns

From March Madness to the Stanley Cup, the Super Bowl to the World Series, there are a couple of weekends throughout the year when all you can think about is getting together with your buddies to watch the big game (and usually whomever has the largest television at home hosts). It’s easy to pick up a couple of six-packs of beer and some pretzels and chips to snack on while cheering on your team, but we know you’ll end up ordering in pizza or subs within a couple of hours to quell your growing hunger.

Instead of resorting to delivery, go for homemade. Plan to make a couple of filling easy appetizers in advance that your friends will love. Don’t have the time or energy to make four different dishes? Plan the menu then assign a dish to each of your friends for a game day gathering, potluck-style.



These are some of our favorite foods to enjoy while watching the game. Do you have another game-day snack that we missed? Share your suggestions with us below!

Chinese Roast Chicken Buns with Scallion and Spicy Hoisin Sauce

Just when you thought you’d never be able to make steamed buns like those at Momofuku at home; these buns are filled with roast chicken rather than pork belly. 


Capitol Crack Dip

Hailing from our nation’s capital, this sausage-laden dip is addictive, so be sure to make a lot. Serve with your favorite potato chips — we like thick-cut, wavy crisps that don’t snap when scooping up some dip.


Coconut Curry Scallops

Easy to make, we'd serve these bite-sized treats on a platter with toothpicks. Their sweet and savory flavor will remind you of the islands.


Mini Corn and Leek Flautas

These cheesy fried rolls are an excellent vegetarian appetizer; be sure to serve them with lots of cilantro-lime crema.


Fancy Potato Skins with Chorizo

With a beer in hand, watching the game on TV wouldn’t be complete without crispy potato skins topped with meaty chorizo bits.


Slow Cooker Sausage and Meatball Bites

One-bite sized meatballs and sausages are slowly cooked in a cranberry-mustard sauce (or one of nine different alternative sauces) for an easy appetizer that is sure to please.



In addition to the requisite six-packs of beer chilling in the fridge or cooler, serve a seasonally-appropriate cocktail made with your favorite dark liquor. These are two of our favorites.


Fort Knox Cocktail

The ultimate spring sip made with golden-hued ingredients.


Turbinado Cocktail

A rum, ginger beer, and bitters cocktail from one of America's best bartenders.

(Photos courtesy of Maryse Chevriere)