Sport snacks are contentious, to say the least. Even ignoring the meal that accompanies a big game, you’ve still got to figure out an appetizer situation. While the game is good, you’ve got to admit that the food is a major part of why you watch sports with a group. Unless you’re going to a sports bar, you’ll find yourself responsible for at least one appetizer. Instead of leaving things up to fickle chance, you can look at some of these fantastic appetizers. Each has been selected to fulfill a need, and each should be a hit with your guests.
It’s always a good idea to start with the basics – chips and dip. This staple of the sports-watching world is a dominant snack for a number of reasons. Not only are they easy to eat while you’re watching the game, but anyone who has the ability to go to a grocery store can pick up the snack in seconds. Dips can be as complicated as you like, ranging from straight-from-the-bowl fare to signature dishes. If you’re looking for the ultimate sports snack, it’s really hard to go wrong with this beauty. Don’t ignore the basics just because they don’t win awards.
Looking for something a bit heartier? No less than Food Network itself recommends the slider. This humble sandwich has become a big deal in the last few years, but you don’t have to make anything fancy. Sliders are ideal finger foods because they’re small enough to serve as an appetizer but in large numbers can even satisfy your friends who forgot to eat dinner. Hamburger sliders are traditional, but feel free to mix things up with pulled pork or even chicken nuggets in a pinch. Sliders represent the fine line between a meal and an appetizer.
Then there’s popcorn. There’s nothing special about popcorn, really. You can pour some butter on it, maybe make it fancy with some flavored salts. The thing is, though, that everyone appreciates popcorn. It’s the snack that fills the basic need for salt, and that’s about it. If you’re into a serious game and you don’t want to miss anything, there’s nothing easier than shoving a few handfuls of popcorn into your mouth. This is a great appetizer if you’ve got a pizza on the way, and it’s the bare minimum most groups will accept as an appetizer if you’ve got nothing else. Think of this as your emergency backup.
Picking the right appetizer is a matter of knowing your group. Chips and dip is always a good go-to, and sliders are a great way to keep your guests sated. Even if all you can provide is popcorn, remember this – they may not remember what you served, but they’ll definitely remember if you didn’t serve anything.