Got game days? If so, you’ve gotta have food. And bonus: these foods not only work for watching sport, but also work for everything from Thanksgiving tables to after school snacks.

(Traditionally, I’ve made the sausage balls only during the holidays, now I make them all year round and use them constantly.)

Sausage Balls

These are practically my own little delicacy. The secret to these really good sausage balls is delicious hand-made sausage. I get mine from the local butcher, who mixes it right there on his counter. It will make (or yes, break) your balls. Don’t save on sausage. Splurge.

Lay out a few bowls of sausage balls for satisfied guests and family from kickoff through overtime. Save a bowl in the kitchen for yourself.

Stovetop Popcorn

This isn’t really a snack recipe. It’s popcorn. But I feel as if the stovetop part is getting missed; we’ve lost an appreciation for how good popcorn can be. I pop mine in a stovetop topper over a gas burner with a little sunflower oil. All it needs after is a bit of salt. Takes about the same amount of time as microwave popcorn, and tastes. So. Much. Better.

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Roasted Salsa with Tortilla Chips

Good enough to eat with a spoon or pour over tacos/enchiladas/salads. Better with chips. This is the salsa of salsas, I say. Roasting brings out the sweetness and the best flavors of the ingredients. Dip away.

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