Tailgating Party Foods

Football season is here! From living rooms to backyards to parking lots, no party is complete without a spread of great snacks. Here are 39 crowd-pleasing recipes for game day.

Caramel apple pie recipe
Caramel-Apple Pie
A cinnamon-spiced sauce of butter and melted caramel candies poured over apples makes a wonderfully sweet, gooey pie filling.James Roper
Cornmeal-Crusted Onion Rings
Cornmeal-Crusted Onion Rings
Buttermilk-dipped and cornmeal-crusted onion rings are fried extra-crispy at Anthony's Steakhouse in Omaha.Penny De Los Santos
Hoisin and Ginger Spareribs
Hoisin and Ginger Spareribs
Pork spareribs are marinated and basted in a sweet-spicy sauce, with layers of flavor including sesame, pepper, ginger, hoisin, and garlic in this recipe from Napa Valley winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche.Barbara Ries
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate pudding is layered with a peanut butter mousse in this pie inspired from Bradley's Corner Cafe in Topeka, Kansas.Todd Coleman
Devils on Horseback
Devils on Horseback
In this version of the classic hors d'oeuvre, oysters are cooked with garlic and wine, then set "astride" toasted garlic bread slices and sprinkled with bacon.Todd Coleman
Braised and Fried Pork Spareribs
Braised and Fried Pork Spareribs
Meaty pork spareribs are rendered tender in a confit of lard, then fried until crisp and dusted with a mixture of hot and sweet paprika in this Hungarian dish.Todd Coleman
Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad
Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad
Homemade lemon mayonnaise adds zesty flavor to these tender, coarsely mashed potatoes.Gemma and Andrew Ingalls
Pecan Cheese Wafers
Pecan Cheese Wafers
Pecans lightly brushed with egg whites are baked into cheesy, buttery wafers with a touch of chile flakes.Ingalls Photography
Lemon Parmesan Dip
Lemon Parmesan Dip
Creamy and bright-tasting, lemon parmesan dip makes for an excellent accompaniment to a chip or crudité platter.Helen Rosner
Roasted Carrot and White Bean Dip
Roasted Carrot and White Bean Dip
Carrots are roasted with rosemary and garlic until tender and slightly caramelized before being puréed with cannelini beans and coriander to make a vibrant, sweet, and earthy dip for raw veggies or pita chips.Helen Rosner
Creamy Watercress Dip
Creamy Watercress Dip
Creamy cottage cheese combines with watercress, lemon, chive, and parsley to make this bright dip for raw vegetables.Helen Rosner
Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes
Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes
Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, potato croquettes filled with a combination of white cheddar and salty ham are the ultimate two-bite party snack.Anna Stockwell
Twice-Baked Potatoes
Twice-Baked Potatoes
The buttery, creamy indulgence of mashed potatoes meets the visceral joy of digging into a baked potato in this iconic side dish. See the recipe for Twice-Baked Potatoes »Todd Coleman
Hummus with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms
Hummus with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms
A tangle of fried mushrooms provides textural contrast and a savory boost to this silky hummus.Todd Coleman
Football Sandwiches
Football Sandwiches
A staple of Junior League cookbooks, these miniature ham sandwiches are doused in a tangy butter-poppyseed sauce and then baked in the oven.Helen Rosner
Spiced Boiled Peanuts
Spiced Boiled Peanuts
Boiled peanuts are a classic Southern snack, eaten as hors d'oeuvres and sold at convenience stores alike.Todd Coleman
Homemade French Onion Dip
Homemade French Onion Dip
Our favorite recipe for this classic dip showcases onions three ways: fried, roasted, and fresh.Todd Coleman
Mititei Grilled Sausages
Mititei (Grilled Sausages)
Small skinless sausages like these (pictured top left)are cooked on charcoal grills in Romania and in other parts of eastern Europe and the Balkans. Fragrant with garlic, paprika, and caraway, the Romanian version, called mititei, or "wee ones," are delicious served with zesty mustard. See the recipe for Mititei (Grilled Sausages) »Todd Coleman
Classic Blondies
Classic Blondies
Like a brownie in shape and texture, blondies are packed with all the brown sugar and butterscotchy goodness of chocolate chip cookies, but are softer and more substantial.Todd Coleman
Buffalo Wings
Buffalo Wings
These are the Buffalo-resident's Buffalo wings: true to the original 1964 recipe, wings are fried in peanut oil and then tossed in a mixture of melted margarine and fiery hot sauce. Serve them up with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks to complete the classic dish.Todd Coleman
Nick's Supernatural Brownies
Nick's Supernatural Brownies
Fudgy brownies make an ideal base for a decadent ice cream sundae.Helen Rosner
Fried Chicken Livers
Fried Chicken Livers
Former deputy editor Beth Kracklauer traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, with her father for her survey of the best bar foods in that city. These fried chicken livers topped the list and make a stellar accompaniment to an ice-cold beer.André Baranowski
Smokestack's Chicken Wings
Smokestack's Chicken Wings
These crisp-charred chicken wings are bathed in a spiced butter sauce.Todd Coleman
Barbecued Baked Beans
Barbecued Baked Beans
These classic baked beans are a barbecue side-dish staple.Todd Coleman