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Simple Football Tailgating Food Ideas with Hot Wings + an Spinach Artichoke Dip recipeI love football season. But it’s not for the game… it’s for the food. No, seriously. I also like the fact that we have an excuse to get together with friends and hang out. And it gives me an excuse to try out delicious recipes without having to enjoy them all by myself.

And as of this weekend, football season is here with full force. So that means a. I have no control over the remote anymore and b. I get to try out all of the recipes I’ve been pinning over the summer! Starting with a delicious spinach artichoke dip that will complete any tailgating spread.

With any party food I try to keep it simple. My basic rule of thumb is to buy mostly pre-made foods (let someone else do a little of the work) and focus on one homemade recipe to keep my stress level down. Luckily I got some help from Walmart’s deli department this time…

Simple Football Tailgating Food Ideas - hot wings with ranchMain Course – Hot Wings

It may be this pregnancy or maybe it’s just the season but I’ve been craving hot wings for about a month now.

And now that the Walmart Deli carries Tyson wings in Bone-in Hot Wings and Boneless General Tso’s flavors I am all set when a craving hits. The wings can be purchased in a Pick 3 Bucket, a plated meal, or wings by the pound. Just grab your favorite bottle of dipping sauce and you’re set!

Simple Football Tailgating Food Ideas - spinach artichoke dipSide Dish – Spinach Artichoke Dip

This spinach artichoke dip is one of my absolute favorites! Since it was only going to be our family and one other this weekend I cut the recipe (below!) in half and it was the perfect amount.

Another great idea for a side dish would be this hot white pizza dip with baguette slices. It’s pizza you can dip!

Simple Football Tailgating Food Ideas - brownie bitesDessert – Brownie Bites

Now dessert is usually what I choose to make since my husband and I love to bake but this time I left the baking to the bakery at Walmart and picked up these cream cheese frosted brownies and brownie bites.

Not only were they already the perfect size for grabbing on the go in between plays, but they tasted delicious.

Another great idea for football desserts would be cookies, mini cheesecakes, or cupcakes!

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach OR 10 ounces fresh spinach (10 ounce, thawed and drained well*, chopped)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (14 ounce, drained and coarsely chopped)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 ounce, softened)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan (plus more for topping)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • dash of cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  1. In a large skillet heat butter on medium high. Once melted add minced garlic and cook 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add spinach to the pan and toss a bit to let the garlic and butter soak in. Remove spinach and garlic from the pan but leave the liquid/butter mixture. Set spinach aside in a large bowl.
  3. Add artichokes in the liquid/butter mixture and heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove artichokes and place them in the bowl with the spinach.
  4. Add cream cheese to the pan and stir continuously until cream cheese is melted and creamy. Add shredded Parmesan and cayenne pepper, stir. Cook until Parmesan is fully melted then pour over spinach and artichokes.
  5. Stir to combine then add sour cream and mayo to the mix. Spread batter into a 9×9 baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes, until top is slightly browned and bubbling.
  6. Serve hot with crackers, bread, or chips!
Tip: Grab 2-3 paper towels and layer them on top of one another. Put the thawed frozen spinach on top of the paper towels and squeeze very well to drain the spinach completely.

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  1. You have gotten me so hungry! Those wings are absolutely fabulous. With football season coming up, we use those wings as appetizers all the time! Oh, and those brownie bites- yum!

  2. I’m right there with you. I tolerate football, but it’s all about the tailgating (ie drinking and food) for me! This looks delicious… I’m such a sucker for spinach artichoke dip!

    Diary of a Debutante

  3. You have given me some great ideas for our next football party! I love spinach artichoke dip and hot wings are always a fan favorite! #client

  4. HA! I have lost control over our remote control too, so I totally feel ya! Only, it’s not because of football season. It’s because hubby’s new shows have started. We don’t really watch football unless the Colts are playing. But now I – fully use Football season as my excuse to eat everything I’ve pinned too! Those hotwings look FANTASTIC! I’ve never tried artichoke dip, but yours looks awesome. I’m a big dip girl. Mmmm!

  5. Dip is a must have to tailgating and your’s looks amazing. We always make sure to have wings and some beer too 🙂

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