You don’t need much to throw a game night, just one exciting game, a group of willing players, and something to snack on in between rounds. All that gaming can work up an appetite, or, be a great excuse to eat more snacks. Our favorite game night recipes are a mix of spicy, sweet and savory, and so easy that anyone can make them.
We suggest kicking off the night with a few appetizers, sprinkling in more light snacks throughout the game and ending the night with a dessert that will make all the players feel like winners.If you can’t get together in person, gather in your favorite video chat and assign different recipes so you can review them all!
But, for the main event, we shamelessly suggest our very own Game of Phones. Anyone with a cell phone can play, and they’ll absolutely be laughing as they search for weird internet facts, share hilarious memes, reveal silly text messages and dial random numbers. Instead of being used as a distraction, phones are the main tool in this game to go on a virtual scavenger hunt and complete challenges based on prompts.
So, let the games begin, but not without a proper spread of snacks first.
1. Bang Bang Cauliflower by Jessica in the Kitchen
There’s a reason this recipe is called “bang bang,” and it’s because these vegan fried cauliflower bites have an explosion of sweet and spicy flavor.
2. Supreme Pizza Pinwheel Poppers by Cooking for Keeps
Pizza is a general crowd-pleaser and rolling up all the scrumptious toppings into pinwheels only makes it easier to eat. Keep one hand on your phone and the other holding a popper.
3. Easy Sweet Hush Puppies by Whisk It Real Gud
This Southern comfort food is light, airy and a tad sweet. They’re similar to corn fritters, except they’re shaped like a bite-sized ball for eating with your hands.
4. The Most Delicious and Easy Pimento Cheese by Grandbaby Cakes
Pimento cheese spread is a Southern staple for entertaining. This one mixes three different types of shredded cheddar cheese, mozzarella, mayo and, of course, pimento peppers. Spread it on crackers or biscuits.
5. Ginger Sesame Chicken Potstickers with Sweet Chili Pomegranate Sauce by Half Baked Harvest
Sauce is important, and this one for these chicken potstickers is made with pomegranates, which give it a uniquely sweet kick.
6. Slow-Cooker Root Beer BBQ Cocktail Meatballs by Popsugar
Who can resist a cocktail meatball? Pop these in the slow cooker and let them simmer. The result is a tangy, tender appetizer guests can eat with a toothpick right out of the pot.
7. Sweet Chili Whiskey Loaded Hotdog by Kaluhi’s Kitchen
There are chili dogs and then there’s this sweet chili whiskey version that kicks things up a notch with the addition of bacon and a dash of whiskey.
8. Baked Chicken Quesadillas by Modern Proper
This recipe calls for shredded chicken to fill the quesadillas, and if you want to save time, you can use a rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store.
9. Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce by Damn Delicious
For some reason, spring rolls always sound difficult to make, but it’s really only a matter of rolling up a bunch of veggies. These ones are stuffed with carrots, cabbage, avocado and tons of fresh herbs with a simple sauce for dipping.
10. Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Bites by Popsugar
Pop one of these macaroni and cheese bites in your mouth in between rounds — or rather, pop a few. With bacon folded in with the cheesy noodles, these bites are so addicting.
11. Peanut Butter S’mores Muddy Buddies by A Classic Twist
If you’ve ever tried puppy chow, this is like that, but with the addition of Golden Grahams cereal and marshmallows. Put a bowl of it on the game table and it will be gone by the end of the night.
12. Samosas by Immaculate Bites
Samosas are like deep fried (or baked) crispy pastry pockets and these ones are filled with chicken, onion and peas, as well as seasonings like curry, ginger, paprika to give it just the right amount of spice.
13. Roasted Jalapeño Hummus by Minimalist Baker
For a healthier addition to the table, this hummus gets a kick with roasted jalapeños and pepitas. Have your favorite veggies on hand or tortilla chips for dipping.
14. Crispy Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw by Brown Sugar Mama
Tacos are usually a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, and these ones are no different with crispy fried cod and a refreshing slaw on top.
15. Southern Sweet Potato Salad by Sweet Potato Soul
This one is worth getting out the forks for! It mixes sweet potatoes with yukon potatoes for a mix of flavors and textures. While it uses vegan mayo, you can use whichever mayo you prefer.
It’s time to choose your spread. Will it be tangy meatballs, healthy hummus, sweet snack mix or something else? All of these game night recipes will upgrade your party, so really, it’s less about which snack you’ll choose and more a matter of which one you’ll eat first.