Whether game day snuck up on you, or your party of 10 just turned into 20, sometimes you need to throw together some snacks at the last minute. When that happens, there’s no greater ally than a handful of no-cook appetizer recipes.
These dishes come together with just a few staple ingredients and some love, meaning you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the game.
From creamy dips that can practically refill themselves to savory hors d’oeuvres that won’t break the calorie bank, your gang will love the nosh so much you might become the default host. But not to worry—you can shop ahead of time and whip together many of these fan favorites in 20 minutes or less.
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1. Start With the Ultimate Cheese and Cracker Plate
It’s the hallmark of almost any gathering: simply prep, arrange, and voila! We’re walking you through how you can revolutionize this classic by playing with staple ingredients to create a cracker spread your guests simply won’t forget. Check it out here.
2. Cool and Crisp Cucumber Bites
Not a big fan of crackers? Try this instead—using a touch of cream cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt, feta cheese, and walnuts, these cucumber bites could be the ultimate dairy-infused snack.
3. Smoky-Spiced Slaw
Nearly everyone reaches for a side of coleslaw during warmer months, but this inventive recipe turns the summertime classic into a Super Bowl contender. Chipotle pepper, sugar, and lime juice provide a punch of heat while adding a touch of smoothness to fresh radicchio. This healthy app can be made up to a day in advance.
4. Avocado-and-Pea Salmon Tartines
You’ll need to toast bread for this one, but the recipe delivers an believable amount of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and nearly half of your daily fiber goal. Did we mention how delicious it is? Grab some smoked Alaskan salmon and get to plating!
5. Gram’s Clam Dip
A New England classic, clam dip can be notoriously indulgent—but this version calls for a lower-fat approach, using reduced-fat Greek yogurt and cream cheese for a savory base that does this regional favorite justice.
6. Smashed Chickpea Salad on Toast
If you’re a fan of tuna salad or egg salad but don’t want to go through the hassle, this recipe is for you. Toss chickpeas and a few ingredients into a bowl and get smashing—it’s great on crostini, with a side of crackers, or with fresh veggies.
7. Date, Walnut, and Bleu Cheese Ball
You can make this show-stopping snack up to two whole days ahead of the game. Serve it alongside a slew of fresh veggies, bread, or your choice of crackers.
8. Miso-Aioli Dip
A pile of freshly-chopped crudités looks fantastic, and tastes even better, next to a bowl of this ultra-easy dip. Throw the handful of ingredients into your blender and serve immediately, if need be.
9. Our Best Guacamole
It’s a big hit year in and year out, and still one of the easiest dishes to put together. A splash of lime juice, a pinch of kosher salt, cilantro, and minced garlic make this chunky guacamole well worth the hype.
10. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Balls
You wouldn’t want to forget to satisfy your sweet toothed friends. This recipe practically makes itself, requiring a few pantry staples, chocolate, and peanut butter. These bite-sized snacks will be a better option than any sort of packaged chocolate.