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11 game-changing recipes to make at home this Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and nothing pairs better with the fun day than delicious bites. Whether you're a fan of tradition on game day or want to switch things up this year, here are a few recipes that will make the perfect appetizer for anyone.

Jalapeño popper wonton cups

Jalapeño poppers are already a beloved game day appetizer, but try switching up tradition this year by trying these jalapeño popper wonton cups. Filled with bacon, jalapeños, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream, these little bites are sure to spice up Super Bowl Sunday. This recipe is easy to make, will only take up 30 minutes of your time and only uses ingredients you might already have at home.

You can find the recipe for the jalapeño popper wonton cups here.

Homemade soft pretzel bites

Another game day classic, these homemade soft pretzel bites are addicting and will steal the show on Sunday. These little bites make perfect appetizers for game day and don't make much of a mess while your eyes are glued to the TV. Since it's homemade, they take longer to make but so worth it once you take the first bite. With two hours of preparation and an 18 minute cook time, set some time aside before game day to try making something new.

You can find the recipe for the homemade soft pretzel bites here.

Cool ranch zucchini chips

Buying chips from the store is an easy way to provide snacks on Super Bowl Sunday, but trade out those Cool Ranch Doritos for healthier zucchini chips. Deliciously crispy and super easy to make, these savory chips will be your new favorite crispy bites. You can swap out the oven method for an air fryer if you have one for extra crispness. This recipe is super easy and will only take 10 minutes for preparation, then waiting one hour and 20 minutes for it to bake.

You can find the recipe for the cool ranch zucchini chips here.

Whipped Feta with roasted tomatoes

If you spend any time scrolling through Instagram, you've seen the excitement behind whipped feta dip. Although a not-so-typical recipe for game day, this recipe is almost too good to be true and is filled with the best Mediterranean flavors. Easy to make and even better to taste, this recipe will only take 30 minutes of your time and is a perfect snack with chips, crackers or bread during Super Bowl Sunday.

You can find the recipe for the whipped feta with roasted tomatoes here.

Pastrami Reuben egg rolls

Reuben lovers might be hesitant to switch up the traditional recipe, but there's nothing more game-changing than making our favorite dishes easier to eat. This unique and fun take on a classic Reuben sandwich is made to be perfectly crispy, while equally delicious. This recipe will be a bit hit on Super Bowl Sunday, with only a total of 25 minutes to make. You can make these in the oven or by using an air fryer if you have one at home.

You can find the recipe for the pastrami Reuben egg rolls here.

Buffalo cauliflower wings

Crispy, delicious spicy bites are just what we need on Super Bowl Sunday. These sweet and spicy buffalo cauliflower wings will be the star of the show on game day. This recipe is perfect for any vegetarian looking for a fun snack and is super easy to make. Set aside 42 minutes to make these and it will be a guaranteed favorite. Besides, there's nothing more traditional than having wings on game day, even if it's a little different.

You can find the recipe for the buffalo cauliflower wings here.

Pizza pull-apart sliders

Combining two must-have game day foods, these pull-apart sliders are super delicious and can be easily made with the whole family. Stuffed with cheese, pepperoni, sausage, or whatever other toppings you want, one little bite of these soft, buttery rolls will have you wanting more. This recipe will take 30 minutes.

You can find the recipe for the pizza pull-apart sliders here.

Chicken and avocado roll-ups

This recipe is perfect for anyone trying to prepare an appetizer on Super Bowl Sunday without spending too much time in the kitchen. In only 10 minutes, you can have these ready to feed everyone at home on game day. Most of the ingredients can be found in your fridge, and some might be leftovers, making these roll-ups even better and super tasty.

You can find the recipe for the chicken and avocado roll-ups here.

Queso dip

As Texans, there's nothing in the world that compares to the feeling of eating that first bite of queso. No game day is complete without it, and even though you can find it anywhere in Austin, try making it at home this Sunday. Besides, homemade always turns out better. This recipe will take up to 15 minutes of your time, so don't forget to buy your favorite chips while at the store.

You can find the recipe for the queso dip here.

Crock pot spicy boiled peanuts

Calling all peanut lovers! If you haven't tried soft-boiled peanuts, this is the recipe to try on Super Bowl Sunday. Soft-boiled peanuts are perfect for pretty much any day of the week as they are almost too easy to make and easier to enjoy. The spiciness of this recipe makes them even more delicious. If you have a crockpot at home, try making these Saturday for the best snack on Sunday.

You can find the recipe for the crockpot spicy boiled peanuts here.

Chocolate covered strawberry footballs

Maybe it's the love in the air or the time of year, but we couldn't leave chocolate-covered strawberries out of Super Bowl Sunday. These sweet treats are deliciously cute and perfect for any family with kids or hardcore football lovers. You will only need three ingredients to make these, plus it will only take 30 minutes to make.

You can find the recipe for the chocolate covered strawberry footballs here.

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