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19 Tailgating Snacks

September 20, 2021
6 min. read

Jalapeno Popper Football Cheeseball

Having tasty snacks at a tailgating (or homegating) night is like having popcorn at the movie theatre. Sure, you can watch without it, but the experience just isn’t the same! When the teams are tied in the 4th quarter or a tough call is made, sometimes a good snack can help lighten the moment when you’re on the edge of your seat.

Football season kicked off just a few days ago, and if you’re ready for some new, easy, and tasty recipes to celebrate the occasion, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading for some of our hand-picked favorite snack recipes for game day.

Watch how to make two of our featured recipes here or on our Youtube channel:


  1. Featured Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheel

Is it even a game watching party without some form of buffalo chicken? These tasty pinwheels are made from flattened Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread, topped with homemade buffalo chicken spread and rolled into bite-sized, perfect-for-halftime snacks.

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  1. Mini Beef and Sage Sliders

Mini Beef and Sage Sliders with Gorgonzola

Win over your guests with these 5-step Mini Beef and Sage Sliders. Made with our Party Potato Rolls, these little sliders make a great tailgating or homegating snack that can be prepared on the grill or stovetop.


  1. Featured Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball

Jalapeno Popper Football Cheeseball

Meet jalapeño popper’s cool younger cousin – the Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese ball! Everyone will love the effort you put in to make this themed and tasty snack (which, actually, doesn’t take much effort at all).

To prepare, simply mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeño, garlic powder, salt, and green onion and shape into a football. Then, cover with green onion, parsley, diced fresh jalapeño, bacon, and slices of cheese shaped into laces. Refrigerate for a few hours (or overnight) to set, and serve cold with Martin’s Toast Crackers.


  1. Cheeseburger Pizza

Cheeseburger Pizza

As you’ll see, we love a good hybrid between two classic foods, and this Cheeseburger Pizza proves that to be true! Made on sheets of our Dinner Potato Rolls with your basic cheeseburger ingredients, this recipe can be enjoyed on the couch or outside the stadium.


  1. Baked Cheesy Onion Dip

Baked Cheesy Onion Dip

Elevate your tailgating experience with one of the most cheesy, creamy dips you’ll ever enjoy. Made with just a few basic ingredients, like mayonnaise, onion, and cheese, this Baked Cheesy Onion Dip recipe is convenient enough to whip up on game day!


  1. Chili Joe Sliders

chili joe sliders

Stack, bake, and take! These Chili Joe Sliders are exactly what you need for a crowd-pleasing comfort food at your tailgate or game day party. Cheddar cheese and chili meat mixture combine on Martin’s Party Rolls for a savory snack so good you’ll want seconds.


  1. Sweet and Sour Meatball Sliders

Sweet n Sour Meatball

These bite-sized meatballs are so easy to make that you won’t miss any of the game. Prepare ahead of time and place in the crock pot to keep warm. Then, serve on split Martin’s Party Potato Rolls when you’re ready to eat!


  1. Chili Bread Bowls

Individual bread bowls of chili? Yes, please! You already know that Martin’s Dinner Rolls make a great side at dinner or a tasty slider roll, but this recipe goes to show that they also make a great vehicle for your favorite warm soup.

Bonus points: You can prepare these ahead of time by cooking the chili in a slow cooker and cutting out the roll centers before you leave for the game!


  1. Pimento Grilled Cheese Sliders

Pimento Cheese Grilled Cheese

You’ve never seen pimento cheese quite like this before. These grilled cheese sliders are made with homemade pimento cheese spread plus just a drizzle of sriracha, then grilled until they reach golden perfection on the outside and peak meltiness on the inside.

Of course, we call them sliders because we’ve cut them into fourths. But no one would blame you if you end up eating a whole sandwich!


  1. Sweet Chili Panzanella Shrimp Kabobs

Sweet Chili Panzanella Shrimp Kabobs

Still have the grill out on the deck and ready to go? Try whipping up these Sweet Chili Panzanella Shrimp Kabobs for your game day party! (Hint: If you’re grill is already stored for the winter, you can make these on the stovetop. Or, prepare on a portable grill at your tailgate!)


  1. Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Three cheers for this saucy combination of two of our favorite foods: pizza and sliders! Not only are these sliders great for a crowd, they can also be customized for your favorite pizza flavors and toppings, like Hawaiian, pepperoni, or even meat lover’s!


  1. Cowboy Caviar with Martin’s “Pita” Chips

Cowboy Caviar

Sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, onion, jalapeno, and plenty of cilantro are all on the roster in this refreshing dip. As much as we love warm comfort foods, Cowboy Caviar is a great way to break up the carbs for lighter game-day fare.


  1. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups

Roll into the end zone with these protein-packed, bite-sized Turkey Roll Ups! A tasty combination of Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread, your favorite lunch meat, and sandwich toppings of your choice, these snacks are easy to pack ahead of time and can even be used for lunch the day after!


  1. Truffle Garlic Bread Nachos

Truffled Garlic Bread Nachos

Get a little bougie at your next game watch party with these mouthwatering Truffle Garlic Bread Nachos! Made from toasted Martin’s Butter Bread, these nachos can be served as an appetizer before kick-off or as a halftime snack break.


  1. Hawaiian Pizza Bread Cups

Hawaiian Pizza Cups

Allow us to let you in on a little secret: we’re big fans of pineapple on pizza. And this tasty recipe makes bite-sized versions of that classic pizza combo! These cups are prepared in a muffin tin with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, ham, and chunks of juicy pineapple.


  1. Beef Teriyaki Crostini with Wasabi Mayo

Beef Teriyaki Crostini with Wasabi Mayo

These gourmet Beef Teriyaki Crostini are not your typical game-day snack, but they are sure to please. Try marinating the night before the game, leaving just a 20-minute grilling and assembly time on the day of!


  1. Slow Cooker Pizza Dip

Slow Cooker Pizza Dip

Admit it, pizza is delicious in almost all shapes and sizes—including dip! Take this along to a game day tailgate or party for a warm, snackable treat you can enjoy in all four quarters.


  1. Veggie Pizza Bites

Veggie Pizza Bites

When “make ahead” is the name of the game, this Veggie Pizza recipe is the MVP. On top of flattened Martin’s Party Potato Rolls, just slather some homemade ranch dip and top with your favorite sliced veggies. Then, cut into bites and refrigerate before the big game!


  1. Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

Yes, this dip is just as delicious as it sounds: all your favorite things about cheeseburgers baked into a flavor-packed dip that pairs perfectly with slightly toasted Martin’s Party Potato Rolls. Can you say “TOUCHDOWN”?


Which one of these snackable recipes are you going to try first? Let us know on social media!

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