By Vanessa Greaves

For armchair quarterbacks everywhere, the Big Game is the game. And it's one of the few times that — when it comes to sensible eating — all bets are off. I'll share the must-have recipes that'll make your football party a stand-out success, from snacks to sweets, and all the best fan food in-between.

Pre-Game Goodies

When you're a true football fan, the lead-up to the main event is just as exciting as the game itself. Check your local listings to see when the pre-game show starts, and make sure you've got plenty of snacks and on hand to fuel your guests until kickoff.

Get this recipe: Bacon Wrapped Smokies | Photo by xtina


Field of Dips

If you build it, they will come. See how to make a 100-yard football field of dips. It's actually a whole lot easier than you might think.

See how to make this 100-Yard Football Field of Dips | Photo by Denise Sakaki


Pile High Stadium

Watch the video to see how to make an epic Pile High Stadium of Snacks that will go down in football party history.

Wingin' It

Ain't no party like a chicken wing party 'cause a chicken wing party don't stop. The point is, if you're throwing a football party, you've got to throw down your best wings.

Get this recipe: Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings | Photo by bd.weld


That's a Lotta Guac

Viewers watching the big game will consume enough guacamole to cover a football field waist-deep in creamy green dip, according to the California Avocado Commission.

What they don't tell us is how much ends up on your couch.

Get this recipe: Simply Guacamole | Photo by Dianne


Low and Slow is the Way to Go

Winning play: Let your slow cooker handle the cooking to free you up to enjoy all the action on the field. We're talking ribs, chili, pulled pork, dips, and more.

Photo by Allrecipes


More Football Party Food Ideas

A big game calls for big eats. Here are even more ways to make the ultimate football party fan food.

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