7 Game-Day Appetizers You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less

a table filled with aperitifs of the day of the game, surrounded by people who digAfrica Studio / Shutterstock

Ten minutes before the kick off. The crew is at the door. Wait, have you forgotten the snacks? Do not worry, we are here for you.

Match day snacks do not have to be a photo worthy thing. Of course, these mini-sliders with the flag of your team hanging on the toothpick are cute, but they also take forever to do. And, when you run out of time, you just want to feed the hungry crowd.

We understood. That's why we've compiled a list of seven snacks that you can prepare together in less than ten minutes. Yes, you read correctly, less than ten minutes are enough to nibble something for you and all the gang network.


It's a classic choice for a good reason: it's easy. In reality, it depends on whether or not you can get several mature lawyers. If you can, then it's obvious. Simply remove the inside of the avocado and crush it with a little salt, lime juice and coriander. Additional ingredients are yours; you can add onion, tomato, caraway and even sour cream. Throw it on the table with a bag of potato chips. Completed.

Pico de gallo

Pico de gallo, also known as salsa fresca, is one of our favorite snacks. It is easy to do, and once you have prepared it, it is no longer possible to return to the pot. Sow simply and dice some tomatoes. Throw them in a fine sieve basket and season with a pinch of salt. Put the basket in the sink and let the tomato juices drain while you dice a white onion, a jalapeño and a handful of coriander. Then mix everything and serve it with tortilla chips.

Delicatessen Platter

platter of cold cuts with fruits, meats, cheeses and crackersungvar / Shutterstock

All right, if the last two were too hard for you, then three is a charm. Every day glutton we've ever met enjoys a good platter of cold cuts, even though they can not pronounce deli meats. In case we lose you too, the char-cut (shar-koo-tuh-ree) is an elegant way to refer to a plate of meat and cheese.

This can be an extremely creative business, or it can be super simple. Our favorite method for achieving this quickly is to use simple sausages such as salami or prosciutto (although all lunch meat is suitable). Arrange the slices of meat next to the crackers and cheese slices. Use bunches of grapes or olives to fill the empty spaces. More sophisticated options might include a cheese spread, perhaps goat cheese. Or, for a less quirky bite, maybe a cream cheese garnished with a salsa pot and served with salty pretzels is a better choice.

Ranch Dip

We are not talking about the package of seasonings that you might have somewhere in the back of a spice cabinet. We speak home, impress your friends, dipping on a ranch. Promised, it takes even less than 10 minutes and you do not mess more than two spoons and a bowl. All you need is Greek yogurt (or sour cream) and the following dried spices:

Garlic powder
Onion powder
Black pepper

I have it? Sugar. Then mix ½ teaspoon (maybe a little less on garlic and black pepper) with a cup of Greek yogurt rich in fat and two tablespoons of lemon juice or cider vinegar. Use olive oil (or a few drops of water) to get the right consistency. Do not forget, as any good cook reminds, to taste as you go and to adjust the ingredients accordingly. Serve with chips and freshly cut vegetables such as carrots and celery.

Cowboy Caviar

Can the opener be ready? And it's gone. Open a box of each of the black-eyed peas, black beans and sweet corn. Drain each one, rinse and discard in a bowl. In addition, you can choose to include tomatoes, peppers, avocados, red onions and / or a red pepper or two (it's like jalapeños), freshly chopped. Mix everything and go to the vinaigrette.

To prepare the vinaigrette, mix two tablespoons of red wine vinegar and lime juice. Add ½ teaspoon cumin, garlic powder, sugar and kosher salt. Whip everything together and finish pouring slowly into ¾ cup olive oil. When adding oil, be careful not to stop whipping. This will help create an emulsion, whatever you want in any dressing. Pour the finished vinaigrette over the bowl of "caviar" and serve!

Shrimp ceviche

a glass bowl filled with cevicheCameron Whitman / Shutterstock

Beware of it: friends do not always trust raw seafood served by friends. However, if you have a slightly more adventurous crew or if you personally have the merit of cooking on the street to prepare an interesting dish, it is a pleasure to create and serve.

Now here is the trap. It only takes ten minutes to mix, but it takes at least thirty minutes in the refrigerator before serving. It can be said that it is perfect. Anyway, no one really drinks beer before the first quarter, right?

Ok, so here's what you do. Cut a pound of raw, peeled, mined and seeded shrimp of high quality, small enough to fit on a tortilla chip. Then continue with a knife or use a food processor to cut a red onion, a jalapeno, a handful or two of coriander and a good sized tomato. Cucumbers can be a great addition here too, but they are not essential. Mix all these vegetables with diced shrimp and add a cup of fresh lime juice. Place it in the refrigerator while you watch the first quarter, then enjoy it with salted tortilla chips. Yum!

Fruit Skewers

OK, this may not look like your typical game food, but believe us, we have some tips to make this app exciting. The first is to use fruits of the color of your favorite team. Rooting for Packers? Green grapes and pineapples should do the trick. Raiders fans do their best by alternating blackberries with pieces of aged white cheddar.

Of course, there are only fancy fruits on a skewer. To really showcase yourself, try using Tajin. All tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, watermelon) taste about ten times better with this seasoning salad with chilli and sprinkled lime. Serve it alongside pico de gallo or guacamole from above, and you're on the right track for a real party!

You see, delicious snacks can be combined faster than Cam Newton with a defensive lineman tense on the heels. And that's good because, frankly, most sports fans we know do not care about watermelon carved in a helmet or soft cheese that you spend hours carving in a perfect pork skin. They want it to taste well and they want their team to win. That's it. So, throw some of them together, open a cold one and enjoy the game!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.