Appetizer Snack Recipes
30 Slam-Dunk Snack Ideas, Based on Your Favorite NBA Team
Watch your NBA team rack up points while you serve up best-ever game day snacks!
There’s certainly no shortage of fried chicken in the Athens of the South. Hawks fans can munch on crispy, BBQ-seasoned yardbird while rooting for the Red and Green. Crushed potato chips make the perfect coating for these chicken strips. Dunk into your favorite sauce for extra delicious points!
In addition to a bona fide obsession with coffee and donuts, Bostonians love their oyster crackers. We seasoned this all-star soup topper (chowdah, anyone?), making it the perfect snack to pop throughout the game.
Nothing beats a New York bagel and lox. Brooklynites discovered this tasty mash-up in the early 20th century to create a winning sandwich combo. With lox’s smoky flavor paired with zippy cream cheese, all generously piled on a bagel, this snack’s bound to be a buzzer beater. (Psst: Use mini bagels for snack-size servings.)
Here’s something to chew on: North Carolina produces more peanuts than any other state. These PB cookies call for only three simple ingredients, creating a sweet-and-salty treat for you and your friends to swarm around while watching the Hornets.
Hot dogs and deep dish pizza are staple foods in the Windy City. The Italian beef sandwich is another contender. Thinly sliced roast beef, hoagie buns, au jus gravy and hot giardiniera make these legendary sammies something to sink your teeth into while the Bulls sink basket after basket.
Some people turn to nachos or sliders to snack on during games, but plenty of Clevelanders prefer delicious Polish-inspired pierogies. Seriously, who doesn’t love potatoes and cheese stuffed into a fried dumpling? Dip ’em in sour cream and you’ve got a snack that’s been a staple in the city for decades.
Chili con queso is one of those fiesta foods that every single player can get behind. This version is filled with all the good stuff and it’s just the right amount of spicy to get everyone fired up for the game. So rally your teammates, grab the chips and gather around the TV to snack on some gooey, cheesy, game-winning chili con queso.
The name empanada comes from the Spanish word for “breaded.” Fans of the mile-high hoops team know what it takes to make a delicious watch party treat that’s worth more than gold: puff pastry packed with chicken, cheese, peppers and spices.
Cherries are ranked among the champions of the fruit league, according to Motor City natives…and all other Michiganders. Next time you cheer on the Pistons, indulge in the sweet, juicy, flaky goodness of these mini Michigan cherry pies.
A staple cuisine in California, these game-winning chicken burritos are guaranteed to create a loyal fan base among your fellow Warriors fans. With 12 servings, this make-ahead burrito recipe serves a whole team!
Texans love a good brisket! Rockets fans can get their basketball and barbecue fix simultaneously with these spicy, meaty, tender beef brisket tacos. For a fun pre-game ritual, let your pals build their own tacos. Serve with plenty of toppings such as jalapenos, sour cream, shredded cheese and salsa. Such a blast to eat!
Corn dogs aren’t just for state fairs. Chow down on these fluffy, flavorful mini corn dogs with a generous spattering of mustard for the perfect game day snack.
The roster of tender chicken, hearty pasta and creamy dressing make this California chicken salad a true MVP. May we suggest wrapping the goods up in a warm tortilla?
Fire up, Lakers! If we know one thing about California cuisine, it’s that avocado is a victor time and time again. This playful mango guac is best teamed up with tortilla or pita chips, carrot sticks or as a spread on thick toast.
How sweet it is! Barbecue is a Memphis culinary top seed, and these loaded nachos are definitely something to cheer about. Smother the pulled pork with all your favorite toppings for un-bear-ably delicious flavor.
Heat things up at your next basketball party with these outstanding Cuban sliders. Miami is known for its gorgeous beaches, its wild nightlife and of course, its all-star cuisine. The famous Cuban, which includes thinly sliced ham, pickles, yellow mustard and Swiss cheese, makes the perfect mini-sandwich.
Fear the deer! Milwaukee, nicknamed Brew City, is America’s beer and cheese heaven. This creamy, cheesy dip is a slam dunk with crunchy or soft pretzels, potato chips and veggie sticks.
Don’tcha know that the state fruit of Minnesota is the Honeycrisp apple? Calling all Timberwolves fans: Get hungry for this dessert dish that combines two favorites: apples + pizza. The triumphantly sweet aroma will fill your home and get your guests howlin’ for tipoff.
Nothin’ but beig-net! Root on the team from the Big Easy while savoring these crispy, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth beignets. A traditional NOLA breakfast food, beignets are reliable teammates all day, every day. Roll ’em up in powdered confectioner’s sugar and dig in.
Entertain fellow Knicks fans with the famed dessert New Yorkers simply can’t get enough of: cheesecake. These mini New York-style cheesecakes can be prepared in the Knick of time.
Juicy Florida oranges will be the star of the snack game at your next b-ball bash. This recipe for bite-sized cupcakes is nothing short of pure magic. Sweet, sweet oranges… Sweet, sweet victory!
If you ask any Philadelphian what you absolutely must eat when you’re in town, you’re going to eat the City of Brotherly Love’s most famous sandwich: a Philly Cheesesteak. These bite-size Philly Cheesesteak-inspired won ton cups are easy to make and eat.
Farmers around Phoenix harvest a surprisingly large amount of the world’s sweet potatoes, making these crispy, dunkable sweet potato fritters an ideal locally sourced bite for Suns fans. As a bonus, their vibrant orange hue resembles a basketball, making them an even more fun game day nosh.
Here’s a bit of juicy trivia: Pears are the official state fruit of Oregon. The popular fruit, with its signature shape and distinct texture and flavor, can be enjoyed on its own or baked to perfection, like in these snackable sandwiches.
You deserve to eat like a king (or queen)! Street corn, also known as elotes, is a wildly popular, a-maize-ingly delicious snack. Go ahead and add as much spice as your heart desires.
Pro Tip: You can replicate this recipe with the kernels removed from the cob to make esquites, or “corn in a cup.”
What better game day (or movie…or party…or road trip…or pretty much any occasion) snack than spicy popcorn? The crowd will go wild for this winning Tex-Mex popcorn treat that takes only minutes to prepare and only minutes to be devoured.
O, Canada! Poutine is one of Canada’s most popular dishes, and for good reason! French fries, cheese curds and gravy… Need we say more? Dig into this Canadian culinary gem while watching the Raptors take on their prey.