Appetizer Ideas for the Big Game

Appetizer Ideas for the Big Game

Hosting a Game Day party is a great way to entertain a group of friends and celebrate an occasion! When you're having a gathering for Game Day, it's important to plan ahead to make sure you have the necessary snacks and beverages to keep your guests happy. But planning a party doesn't have to be stressful, especially if you rely on some tried and true recipes that minimize effort and maximize the "wow-factor." Lit'l Smokies are a great snack to add into your party mix, are entertaining and easy to make and enjoy. Here are some great, simple recipes that will impress your guests and bring your party to life!


Make a splash with these Lit'l Smokies fish out by the pool for some summer snacks. Cut each Lit'l Smokies link into five pieces. Take one end and cut out a small triangle so that you achieve a fishy tail lookalike. Thread a toothpick through all five pieces of the Lit'l Smokies, leaving a little bit of space between each. With a drop of barbecue sauce for the fish eye and a couple of kids hungry from a day of swimming, you won't need hooks to draw them in!

Grilled Pup

This recipe is super cute and looks great on a party platter! Just spread a little butter on the inside of a hot dog bun and cut it into 4 mini buns. Top each mini bun with a small slice of cheddar cheese and one Lit’l Smokies link and pop it into the oven at 425 degrees until the cheese has melted. Serve hot or cold.

BBQ Lit'l Smokies

This one is sure to be an entertaining crowd pleaser! Pour barbecue sauce over Lit’l Smokies. Stir to combine and let it cook for about 2 hours. Voilà!

Quarter Pup

Lastly, if you really want to go all out for your Game Day party, dress up your Lit'l Smokies in their game day outfits! Cut 1/3 off the base of olives to make little tiny helmets.  Place the helmets over cooked Lit'l Smokies, and pipe on some mustard to complete the look.  Your appetizer is ready for a touch down! Make sure your Game Day gathering goes smoothly and your snacks are a hit with these delicious Lit'l Smokie recipes. These recipes are sure to please your whole party!

This post is sponsored by Hillshire Farm.