Fumble-free food ideas for the big game
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Whether you can barely contain your excitement for epic football competition, or you prefer to watch the clever commercials between plays, football fans big and small are gearing up for the big game. America loves a game-viewing party, so why not invite your friends and family over and score big with a few surprisingly quick and simple entertaining tricks?

'Since we have two small children and most of our friends do too, quick and easy is essential and so is something suitable for small hands,' says Tracy Kistler, an Atlanta-area mom with two kids who loves to host parties, and who blogs at The Un-Coordinated Mommy.

Kistler prefers good food that eliminates the need to sit down or use silverware, because after all, whether you're cheering on your favorite team or chasing the kids around the room, a great football party is full of activity and excitement.

Here are five fantastic game day food ideas guaranteed to be finger-licking good:

Kick off the party with a dip-off

Dip is endlessly versatile, super easy to make or buy, and a hit with both kids and adults. According to a SuperValue Snack Down Survey, around 30 percent of people eat dip on the day of the big game. Load your menu with a variety of dips, or make your party dip-themed by inviting each guest to bring a dip of their choice. You could even have a dip-off contest by inviting guests to vote for their favorite dip and the winner receives a fun football-themed prize.

Score big with cheesy goodness

Cheese platters are a big hit on game day, so make sure you offer a spread that features a variety of hot and cold cheese varieties. Everyone enjoys cheesy appetizers - from an interesting cheese board to hot options like easy-to-make FarmRich mozzarella sticks featuring 100-percent real mozzarella cheese breaded to perfection. Those tasty tidbits will move faster than your favorite running back!

Viva victorious veggies

It's easy to think that game day parties are all about the junk food, but in reality, people love to munch on wholesome, healthy foods, too. In fact, the most popular food to eat during the big game is vegetables, according to a report from research company NPD Group. So cut up those fresh veggies for quick snacking - the crunch is as satisfying as it is healthy.

Guests gobble up meatballs

When you're going for the big win, few foods are as easy and satisfying as meatballs. Switch up the play and take a healthful approach with FarmRich turkey meatballs, with 50 percent less fat than regular meatballs and gluten-free. The possibilities for these fully cooked, frozen meatballs are endless - warm them on the stovetop with your favorite sauce or use a slow cooker to create a lip-smacking concoction. For more tips, simply search meatball recipes on Pinterest.

Go big with a 'snackadium' display

Add football flare to your appetizers by displaying your treats 'snackadium' style - using the shape of a football stadium as inspiration, place green guacamole in the center for the field, and surround with other cheesy treats and food items around the edge to represent the stands. A few flags and makeshift goal posts created from pretzels will create a mini replica of a stadium that is extra tasty.

Try this super simple turkey meatball recipe - perfect for serving at your game day party:

Smokey Cola Glazed Meatballs

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

1 (28 ounce) bag of Farm Rich Turkey Meatballs

2 tablespoons butter

2 cups cola soda

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. In a medium sauce pan, add butter and melt.

2. Whisk in the cola, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and chipotle pepper. Salt and pepper to taste.

3. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low until a thicker syrup is formed (about 15 minutes).

4. Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator for one hour (the mixture will thicken in the refrigerator).

5. Prepare meatballs according to package directions. Remove from the oven and toss with glaze.

6. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm.

When the snacks are on the line, go deep and score a touchdown with game day foods that are easy to make and impressive. Your guests are sure to be raving about your football party long after game is over.

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