If you’re planning a Super Bowl party, forget the silverware but stock up on extra napkins because it’s all about the fun finger foods. Parties – like the ones we have – for the Super Bowl aren’t the kind where guests sit at the table and practice their fine dining etiquette. No, these are the parties where friends have their food on their laps and juggle their plates, cups, and phones while they’re jumping up and cheering (or booing) a team’s play. Football party food should be fun, festive, and easy to eat in just a few bites. Get lots of party tips in How to Plan a Winning Vegan Super Bowl Party.
Appetizers and finger foods make the perfect party foods. They let you munch while you mingle. No utensils are necessary. Party food should be portable so your guests aren’t tied to a table. We have loads of football party recipes – check out 15 Vegan Dips for Your Super Bowl Party, 16 Vegan Snacks and Finger Foods for Super Bowl Sunday, 25 Vegan Comfort Foods for The Ultimate Super Bowl Party, and 7 Super Vegan Sandwiches for the Super Bowl. And don’t forget, desserts can be finger foods too!
Whether you’re watching the game with two people or 200 people, you just have to have fun party food. Because let’s be honest, we might gather together for the game but we’re most excited about the food. For this collection of recipes, we are putting down the forks and picking up our napkins because these 30 recipes are so mouthwatering, so delectable, so finger-licking good, no one is going to mind making a mess.
1. Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos
Is there any party food that’s as much messy fun as nachos? We don’t think so and these Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos are so worth the mess. Crispy baked sweet potatoes are loaded with black beans and all kinds of goodies that’ll knock all other loaded nachos out of the park. This just has to be part of your game day snack spread.
2. Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings
These Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings are seriously amazing. Crunchy baked cauliflower “wings” coated in a sticky, spicy peanut sauce? That’s just the kind of thing we want to eat on game day. The secret ingredient is a few heaping tablespoons of orange marmalade, which gives the sauce a slightly sweet, slightly tangy hint of citrus. Come on, any dish that starts with the word “sticky” just has to be good.
3. Protein-Packed Mediterranean Beet Sliders
Sliders are some of the best finger foods and these Protein-Packed Mediterranean Beet Sliders are messy and delicious. Chickpeas, eggplant, and tahini join with beets and quinoa to make a fusion burger that’s absolutely out of this world. Your fingers are going to be covered in tahini sauce and that is a good thing. Believe us!
4. Buffalo Avocado ‘Wings’
Picture this: big slices of fresh, creamy avocado are drizzled with lime juice, tossed in bread crumbs and baked until browned. Then they’re covered in spicy, hot sauce and served with your favorite dip. When you bite into these Buffalo Avocado ‘Wings,’ you’ll taste the crispy, spicy outside and the creamy inside. You’re only 20 minutes away from making that a reality.
5. Life Changing Chili Cheese Fries
Can these Chili Cheese Fries really change your life? Well, they have crispy fries topped with spicy chili and beans. Then it’s all topped with a creamy vegan cheese sauce. One bite and you’ll be licking your fingers so you don’t miss a drop. We think that’s pretty life-changing.
6. Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Sloppy joes are a favorite childhood dish probably because they are so sloppy. This recipe for Tempeh Sloppy Joes recreates them with sautéed tempeh and vegetables, covered in a lightly seasoned tomato sauce. Just like the original recipe, these sloppy joes are easy to make, delicious and most importantly, messy!
7. Potato Waffles and Hummus Sauce
Here’s a unique take on the usual chips and dips. These Potato Waffles and Hummus Sauce is a delicious combination of crispy waffles made with leftover potatoes and a creamy hummus sauce for dipping. These are so yummy, no one will pay any attention to the game.
8. Vegan Buffalo Tempeh Meatballs
Game day is all about the balls. These little Vegan Buffalo Tempeh Meatballs are moist, flavorful and tossed in a hot, spicy Buffalo marinara sauce. Make them big or make them small but definitely make them. Serve them with celery and carrot sticks and your favorite dipping sauce. Oh yeah, and there are footballs too.
9. Orange Soy Maple Sticky Tenders
There are three “S” words that should always go together – sweet, spicy, and sticky. These Orange Soy Maple Sticky Tenders are also simple, sumptuous and so satisfying. Tamari, Sriracha, maple syrup, and fresh orange juice combine to make a glaze that’s simply lip-smacking, finger-licking good.
10. Rainbow Vegetable Rolls with Thai Almond Sauce
Everything is more fun in wrapped form – and these Rainbow Vegetable Rolls with Thai Almond Sauce are a delicious way to eat your veggies. They’re filled with beets, carrots, cucumbers, rice, and noodles. You won’t want to skip the tangy dipping sauce either. Their gorgeous appearance makes them perfect for serving at parties.
11. Oven-Fried Pickles
Do you love that feeling of biting into a pickle and having the juice squirt out and run down your face? Then you’ll go crazy for these Oven-Fried Pickles. Although these pickles are baked in the oven, you’ll swear they were dunked in the deep fryer because they are so crunchy. Serve them with a vegan ranch dipping sauce to really make them memorable!
12. Raw Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice cream in February is an unexpected and delightful treat. These Raw Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches have sweetened avocado-banana ice cream that sits atop a chocolatey base of raisins and Brazil nuts. But wait, then both layers are coated with decadent melted chocolate that will make you feel like you’ve gone to chocolate heaven.
13. Holiday Spiced Doughnuts with Cinnamon Chocolate Glaze
Desserts are finger food too. These Holiday Spiced Doughnuts with Cinnamon Chocolate Glaze are cake doughnuts. They’re filled with a blend of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. They’re then topped with a cinnamon chocolate glaze to add a little more sweetness. There’s no way you’re coming out of this without a mouth covered in chocolate. Lucky you.
14. Butternut Squash Crostini with Cranberries and Tahini Dressing
No fussy paté here. These Butternut Squash Crostini with Cranberries and Tahini Dressing are casual, fun and so good. Crispy French bread is topped with roasted butternut squash and dried cranberries. The best part, however, is the sweet and savory maple tahini dressing drizzling down all over them.
15. Sweet Potato Pretzel Knots with Curried Mustard
Snacks don’t get much better than these Sweet Potato Pretzel Knots! They are warm, yet fluffy on the inside, and salty, but chewy on the outside. They are divine little knots of goodness ready to be dipped in that fabulous mustard sauce bursting with the sweet aromas of curry.
16. Baked Ziti Pizza
How can baked ziti be a finger food? Easy, put it on a pizza. This Baked Ziti Pizza combines all the goodness of baked ziti with the convenience of a crispy pizza crust! It’s saucy, cheesy, ooey-gooey goodness. Try making this for the next party you go to, we guarantee that it won’t last long.
17. Oregano Olive Oil Beet Chips
Don’t serve the same old bagged chips at your game day party. Instead serve these crispy Oven-Baked Oregano and Olive Oil Beet Chips. They’re made with just three ingredients and so versatile – you can season the chips any way you like. Will your fingers turn pink? Probably. Will you care? Definitely not.
18. Double Stuffed Jalapeno Skins
Why have one appetizer when you can have two favorites in one recipe? These Double Stuffed Jalapeno Skins are a delicious cross between poppers and potato skins. Bite into one of these and you get an explosion of potato, cauliflower, and cheese. These are perfect for game day but don’t expect them to make it to the half-time show.
19. Beer-Battered Artichoke Hearts
You won’t believe that these Beer-Battered Artichoke Hearts are made with only three ingredients … and that you probably already have all of them in your pantry. You just have to experience what it’s like to bite into the crispy coating and get to the tangy, juicy artichoke hearts, but not before dipping them in the creamy dipping sauce that also happens to have just three ingredients.
20. Fudgy Coffee Brownies
These Fudgy Coffee Brownies are so amazing. They’re dense and fudgy. They’re moist, fudgy, and decadent. Made with dark chocolate and a classy touch of coffee, if you didn’t know any better, you’d mistake them for fudge. And did we mention they’re fudgy? Mmm.
21. Spicy Korean BBQ Jackfruit Tacos With Sesame Carrot Coleslaw
If you know someone who can eat a taco without making a mess, tell them they’re doing it all wrong. Then give them these Spicy Korean BBQ Jackfruit Tacos with Sesame Carrot Dressing to practice on. They’ve got spicy BBQ jackfruit, crunchy sesame carrot coleslaw, and lots of creamy sesame Sriracha sauce on top. There’s just no way to eat them neatly and that’s how it’s supposed to be.
22. Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
It’s probably illegal to have a party without serving something Buffalo-covered and if it’s not, it should be. These Cauliflower Buffalo Bites will be a real crowd-pleaser on game day. Serve these with celery sticks and carrots and don’t forget the blue cheez dressing for lots of dipping.
23. BBQ Balsamic Seitan and Tempeh Ribs
You better have some extra wet naps around because these Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs are going to get messy, especially if you serve them with extra BBQ sauce. These ribs are indulgent, delicious and will satisfy any meaty BBQ cravings you may get. Make with seitan or with tempeh for a gluten-free version. This is the MVP of game day food.
24. Cheesy Potato Skins with Coconut Bacon
These Cheesy Potato Skins with Coconut Bacon are the perfect game day snack! Crispy oven-baked potato skins are loaded with cheesy sauce, smoky coconut bacon, and topped with additional goodies. Make sure you double up on this for your guests, because they definitely won’t last long.
25. Raspberry Filled Chocolate Coconut Truffles
When you bite into these Raspberry Filled Chocolate Coconut Truffles, the ooey-gooey raspberry jam is going to shoot out and make you smile with delight. These truffles have it all: they’re beautiful, impressive, fun, and most importantly: delicious! Fluffy coconut is stuffed with gooey raspberry jam and the whole affair is covered in chocolate. This is complete decadence in one bite.
26. Red Lentil Burger Wraps with Pumpkin Fries
We are giving you fair warning – these Red Lentil Burger Wraps are going to get messy. When you bite into the chickpea and fresh lentil burger that’s wrapped in a soft flour tortilla, the incredible sun-dried tomato pesto sauce is going to stream out. If it puddles on your plate, use the curry-spiced pumpkin fries to scoop it up. If it’s all over your fingers, well … you know what to do.
27. Buffalo Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms
Spice up the party with these Buffalo Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms. Baby Bella mushrooms are stuffed with a sweet potato and chickpea pâté that’s generously seasoned with tangy Buffalo hot sauce. They look so fancy, but these delicious little bites of savory goodness couldn’t be simpler to make. Is your mouth watering yet? We thought so.
28. Green Chile Nacho Cheese Sauce
Is it a dip … a sauce … a condiment? Whatever you end up calling it, this Green Chile Nacho Cheese Sauce has to be at your party. It’s incredibly versatile – dip raw veggies or chips in it, drizzle it warmed on top of nachos or sliders, or use it as a pizza sauce. The only wrong way to use this cheesy sauce is to not have it dripping down your chin.
29. BBQ Apricot Meatballs
These BBQ Apricot Meatballs are really easy to make and they’re the perfect little party bites, especially for game day. They’re sweet, spicy, and sticky all at the same time. If you’re looking for something fast and yummy that is pretty much foolproof, this is the recipe for you!
30. Miso Kimchi Nachos with Cashew Cheese
The biggest challenge with nachos is to see how much food you can fit on one chip and eat it before it falls off. These Miso Kimchi Nachos with Cashew Cheese have a flavorful combination of cheesy taste spiced up with fermented foods. Salty miso paste in the cheese sauce is balanced by the sour crunch of the kimchi. Challenge accepted!
Save the fussy dishes for another day. Game day is all about fun and what’s more fun than indulging in mouthwatering, finger-licking finger food?
Lead image source: Buffalo Avocado ‘Wings’