7 Amazing Appetizers to Prepare During Football Season

Football season has arrived. That means it’s time to start preparing for football parties and determining which delicious appetizers you’ll want to serve your friends and family. These finger foods, creamy dips, and stuffed snacks are just what you need to get excited for game day. Even if you aren’t a football fan, you’ll look forward to chowing down on these seven amazing appetizers.

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1. Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

What’s not to like about a wedge of potato wrapped in bacon and dipped in a rich sour cream dip? The Kitchn’s recipe, which yields 3 dozen bites, is guaranteed to be the life of the party.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound small or medium red potatoes
  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 12 ounces to 1 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and dry the potatoes. Chop them into 1-inch pieces, keeping the chunks roughly the same size even if they aren’t the exact same shape. Put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Season the water with 2 teaspoons of salt. Once the water begins to boil, cook the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, until you can stick a fork into them without too much resistance.

You want the potatoes to be almost, but not fully, cooked through so they won’t fall apart during the next steps. Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the rosemary, olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper, and toss until the potatoes are evenly coated. Cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each potato bite in a piece of bacon, securing it with a toothpick. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil spaced an inch or two apart.

You may need to cook the potatoes in two batches. Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes, then flip each piece. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and as crisp as you like it. Mix the sour cream and hot sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pile the potato bites on a plate and serve alongside the dip.