Finally. Football Season has officially begun as of Thursday September 8, and not only is my life complete but my pooch is cheering!

Now I have a legitimate excuse for drinking like a biker and eating like its going out of style while sitting on my couch screaming at my TV. Ugh, I love football and all its game day snackaroos. Let's hit it. 

So call the guys over, switch on the game, crack open a beer, and starting making these kick ass snacks.

1. Spinach Dip

spinach, cheese, blue cheese
Ileana Musto

This game day snack is a classic that will make your guests go back for seconds, thirds...Hell, every time I make it I park my butt on the closest stool and scoop that shit like its going out of style. This recipe is definitely my favorite one and is great for a last minute snack idea because can put it in the fridge for as little as 15 minutes or as long as it is before your game time. 

#SpoonTip: if you have some time to get all fancy smancy get a sort of round loaf of bread (garlic is my choice it goes great with this dip), core out the middle, and pour the dip into there. Presentation points up the wazoo.

2. Queso

soup, vegetable, scrambled, cream
Kris Richard

This dorm-friendly game day snack recipe is bound to be a hit during halftime. Its simple, but delicious three cheese blend can be whipped up within seconds of quarter ending.

It is perfect for a dorm room party because its bound to draw a crowd and you even get to embarrass yourself in the kitchen when you try to make this on the stove. Yay adulting!

3. Salsa

Brooke Hamroff

Is it really a party without chips and salsa? That just seems like the first thing everyone puts out when people come over. Maybe it is just me and I have a Tostitos addiction but chips and salsa is like my numero uno go to at every party. Like come on, who screws that up?

Well, if you are in a real time crunch you can just buy the Tostitos salsa and serve that classic beauty, or if you are feeling like Martha Steward this Sunday you can whip out your skills. This recipe is a fast one but may not be the most practical in a dorm room since a food processor is needed but hey you never know what your neighbors got going on in their rooms. Maybe you will get lucky and find one. If so, here is an ah-mazing salsa recipe with a little kick. 

4. Tomato Mozzarella Salad

caprese salad, cheese, vegetable, basil, mozzarella, dairy product, salad, tomato, olive oil
Katie Russell

I do not think I have been to a family party/get together and this hasn't been on the table. This may require a trip outside of your schools local market but it is definitely worth it. Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and balsamic dressing has to be the best combination since PB&J.

Maybe it is just an Italian thing, but this plate is definitely a hit no matter where you are. It is simple and delicious and can be refrigerated all day while you prep for the rest of the day.

5. Adult Pizza Bagels

pizza, cheese, dough, crust, pastry, pepperoni, mozzarella, pie
Paige Marie Rodgers

Oh it is so lit right now. As soon as I found this recipe I instantly picked up the tissues I got so emotional. Perfect. Game. Day. Snack. This beauty is not only tasty but it is a great twist on a classic that will throw you so far back into the 90s you'll be humming the All That theme song after every bite. 

Adult Pizza Bagels

  • Prep Time:5 secs
  • Cook Time:10 secs
  • Total Time:15 secs
  • Servings:24
  • Easy


  • 12 bagels
  • 1 can pizza sauce
  • 1 block mozzarella cheese
  • A sprinkle parmesan
  • Pepperoni and/or sausage optional
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven or toaster oven to about 400F.

  • Step 2

    Slice the bagels in half and lay out on surface.

  • Step 3

    Spread sauce on the halves and sprinkle on parmesan (lightly).

  • Step 4

    Grate the mozzarella and add as little or as much as you want then add any additional toppings of your choice.

  • Step 5

    Cook for about 5-10 minutes depending on how golden you like your cheese and how crispy you enjoy your bagels.

  • Step 6

    Dive the F into that bagel.

6. Buffalo Chicken Dip

chicken, cheese, fish
Ileana Musto

Honestly, does it get any better than this? I have never made it but it seems to be a pain in the ass to make since it is a rarity at BBQs and game day parties. But when it is there, boy does it go fast.

I don't know the person who invented this but I am imagining a woman named Susan concocting this in her kitchen for her kids on game day so thanks Susan you're the bomb. This recipe uses my favorite hot sauce ever and just reading it has my planning out my grocery list for next Sunday. 

7. Fried Pickles

Elizabeth Layman

While this may be a difficult dorm room recipe since someone will probably end up with third degree burns from the frying part of this recipe, this is definitely a crowd pleaser x100.

Just sitting in class writing this (sorry, prof) and thinking about dipping a fried pickle in that delicious sauce has me weak #sext. Although this may seem like a tedious dish it is actually really simple and fast.