4 Twists on Classic Gameday Recipes

Gamedays are all about camaraderie, excitement, and delicious snacks. While enjoying these moments might change as we age, the thrill of good food remains constant. Gear up for a touchdown of flavor and enjoyment as we explore these revamped recipes perfect for gameday gatherings!

Gamedays are all about camaraderie, excitement, and delicious snacks. While enjoying these moments might change as we age, the thrill of good food remains constant. Gear up for a touchdown of flavor and enjoyment as we explore these revamped recipes perfect for gameday gatherings!


Loaded "Totchos"

These Loaded "Totchos" with classic nacho toppings on tater tots provide a fun and flavorful twist on the traditional nachos. They're perfect for gameday gatherings or any occasion where you want to enjoy a delicious and satisfying appetizer.


  • 1 bag Frozen tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup guacamole (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • preheat your oven according to the instructions on the tater tots package
  • arrange the tots in a single layer on the baking sheet
  • bake the tater tots in the preheated oven until they are crispy and golden brown.
  • transfer them to an oven-safe serving dish or platter
  • sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the tater tots while they are still hot
  • evenly distribute the tomatoes, red onion, black olives, and pickled jalapenos over the melted cheese
  • garnish with cilantro
  • season with salt and pepper to taste
  • serve immediately while they are still warm
  • use forks or your hands to dig in!

Cauliflower Buffalo "Wings"

These Cauliflower Buffalo "Wing" Bites are a healthier alternative to traditional chicken wings while still delivering that satisfying crispy texture and spicy kick. They're perfect for gameday gatherings, appetizers, or any occasion where you want to enjoy a tasty and guilt-free snack.


For the Cauliflower Bites:

  • 1 head Cauliflower Cut into florets
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour or Gluten-free Alternative
  • 1 cup Milk or Plant-Based Milk
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

For the Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (your preferred level of spice)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (or olive oil for a healthier alternative)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional, but adds sweetness)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 450F (230C)
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, and seasonings to create a smooth batter
  • Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, allowing any excess to drip off, then place it on the baking sheet
  • Bake the cauliflower in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown. Flip them halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Prepare the buffalo sauce: In a separate bowl, combine the hot sauce, melted butter or olive oil, honey if using, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt and mix
  • Toss the baked cauliflower in the buffalo sauce, ensuring even coating
  • Serve and enjoy: arrange the bites on a serving platter. serve them with your choice of sauce and celery sticks


Sriracha Honey Chicken & Waffles

This Sriracha Honey Chicken & Waffles dish combines the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. It's a unique twist on the classic chicken and waffles that's sure to satisfy your taste buds and elevate your gameday experience.


For the Chicken

  • 4 boneless chicken tenders
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • vegetable oil, for frying

For the Waffles

  • Frozen or homemade waffles quantity as desired

For the Sriracha Honey Drizzle

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  • season the chicken tenders with salt and black pepper
  • place the chicken tenders in a bowl and cover them with buttermilk, allow them to marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator
  • prepare the waffles according to the package instructions or your preferred waffle recipe
  • coat and fry the chicken: in a shallow dish mix together the flour and seasonings
  • remove the chicken tenders from the buttermilk and let the excess drip off
  • dredge the chicken tenders in the flour mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated
  • in a deep skillet or pot, heat vegetable oil to 350F (175C) for frying
  • carefully place the coated chicken tenders in the hot oil and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side
  • transfer the fried chicken tenders to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil
  • in a small bowl, whisk together honey, Sriracha sauce, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to create the drizzle
  • place a cooked chicken tender on top of a warm waffle
  • drizzle the Sriracha honey mixture over the chicken and waffle
  • serve the Chicken and Waffles immediately, allowing the sweet and spicy flavors to complement each other
  • for extra flavor, you can also serve it with a side of coleslaw or fresh greens

S'mores Dessert Dip

This S'mores Dessert Dip offers a convenient and delicious way to enjoy the classic flavors of s'mores without the need for a campfire. The rich and creamy dip, paired with the satisfying crunch of graham crackers, creates a truly indulgent treat that's perfect for parties, gatherings, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth.


For the S'mores Dessert Dip

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (milk or dark)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For Serving

  • Graham crackers, broken into pieces for dipping

Optional Toppings

  • Crushed Graham Crackers
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat until hot but not boiling
  • reduce the heat to low and add the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to the pan
  • stir continuously until melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy
  • remove the pan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract
  • assemble and serve: transfer the mixture to a serving bowl or fondue pot
  • serve with graham crackers

Gamedays remain a wonderful opportunity to bond over sports and delectable bites. So, gather your loved ones, settle into the excitement, and let the game begin with these creative twists on classic favorites!