Affordable Gameday Snacks with Five Ingredients or Less

Affordable Gameday Snacks with Five Ingredients or Less

It’s football season! Are you ready for some snacks to enjoy while watching the game?

Saturday and Sunday afternoons filled with hours of gridiron action can fire up quite an appetite in a sports fan. Whether you and your family are rooting for the same team or are on opposite sides of a heated rivalry, everyone can agree on the need for snacks to make the day even better.

We’ve compiled a list of affordable football foods with five ingredients or less that will score a touchdown with everyone in your household. Best of all, you can make these snacks on a budget since many of these recipes rely on ingredients you probably already have in your home.

1. Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a container of ready-made breadstick dough. Wrap each breadstick with a piece of bacon and sprinkle a bit of garlic powder and Parmesan cheese on each stick. Cook them in the oven for 10-15 minutes; check them at 10 minutes to ensure they do not overcook. Serve with a dish of ranch dressing for dipping. Want to add a healthier twist to the snack? Substitute asparagus for the breadsticks, though this may cost a bit more.

2. Fruit Kebobs

Not all snacks need to be heavy or unhealthy. Fruit kebobs are a great sweet treat – even kids love them!  Get them in on the action to help make your game day prep easier.

You can use any assortment of fruit, tailoring the kebobs to your taste. For simplicity, use three fruits for your kebobs. Cut up the fruit and place it in three separate containers. You can have your kids thread the kebobs with the fruit, using any combination of flavors they want. For a special treat, put a marshmallow in the middle of each one.

3. No-Fuss Baked Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut six potatoes lengthwise, so you get strips of about one-inch thickness. Place them in rows on a cookie sheet covered with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway through. Remove from oven. Top each one with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, a few crumbles of bacon, and some sliced chives. Bake for another five minutes. Serve with a dish of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt for dipping.

4. Pizza Roll-Ups

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Get a tube of pre-made crescent dough. Place a tablespoon of marinara sauce near the wide end of each crescent and put two pieces of pepperoni on the marinara sauce. Add a half of a cheese stick on top. Roll up the crescent and put it on a cookie sheet. When you’ve made all of them, put the cookie sheet in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with extra sauce for dipping, if desired.

5. Oven S’mores with a Twist

Everyone loves s’mores, and if you’re watching the game outside, you can certainly make these the traditional way over an open flame. But during colder months, you can use the oven to make your s’mores.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a miniature muffin tin with liners. Crush 1 package of graham crackers and combine with 1/3 cup melted butter. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups and press the mixture into the bottom and size to form a cup. Break up chocolate bars into squares and place one piece into each cup. Top with 3-4 mini marshmallows and bake for about 6 minutes, until chocolate is melted and marshmallows are puffy.

6. Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Bring a little heat to your gameday spread with easy baked jalapeno poppers. To make, you’ll need 12 jalapenos, 2 ounces of cream cheese, 2 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. reheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet tray with foil. Halve 12 jalapenos and de-seed. Fill each half with softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until jalapenos have softened and the cheese has melted.

No matter what sporting event you may be tuning into, these easy and affordable recipes will fit right in. Enjoy the start (or end) of the season – and go [your favorite team]! To find more money-saving tips and resources, check out our blog or visit our WalletWorks page.

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