Football Food for the Euros! Big Game Recipes & Ideas

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Our list of football food for the Euros is full of delicious recipe ideas perfect for munching on while watching the UEFA European Championship in Germany!

Nothing beats a good spread of food and drink while watching those big football matches at home. From simple bowls of crisps and a beer to easy appetizers like chicken wings or more substantial bites like hamburgers, food and football go hand in hand.

We’re talking about flavors that pack a punch, easy eats you can grab between cheers, and dishes that can keep the party going through extra time and beyond. So, let’s dive into some winning football food ideas that’ll keep everyone coming back for more!

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Football Food for the Euros!

Football (or soccer, for our friends across the pond) isn’t just a game; it’s an event that brings people together. These gatherings become even more special during a big tournament like the Euros (or the World Cup).

We all know someone who plans their entire day around the matches, and part of that planning inevitably involves what to eat. That’s where we come in with our tasty list of football food for the Euros!

The opening game of the UEFA Euro is on 14th June, with the big final on Sunday, July 14th at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. That’s a lot of time and football!

If you’re cheering on your home team, it’s certainly an excuse (in our household, at least!) to have friends and family over for an England football match.

So, whether you’re rooting from home during the group stages or hosting a final match celebration, take your pick from our recipe list and create a feast!*

Don’t forget to download our Free Printables For The Euros! UEFA EURO Football Cup 2024 to use for your football celebrations.

Delicious Dips to Try

Delicious Dips

The easiest football party food has to be dips! If you’re in a rush, grab some ready-made from the grocery store, but if you want to make something a bit more unique, take a look at these recipes:

  1. Our creamy Beer Cheese Dip combines strong cheddar and your favorite beer and is made for dipping pretzels. If you have time, you could make these homemade Soft Pretzels from scratch!
  2. These individual cups of 7-Layer Dip are a quick and easy Tex-Mex appetizer. Made with layers of guacamole, sour cream, refried beans, cheese, and more, it is perfect for any party.
  3. If you enjoy hummus, try our White Cannellini Bean Dip. It’s ready in just 15 minutes, and you can serve it with crispy toasted pita chips.
  4. For more Mediterranean flavors, our Mediterranean Layer Dip with Hummus, Feta, and Fresh Vegetables is always a hit. Tzatziki is a refreshing dip and easy to make.
  5. Little Black Skillet’s Layered Taco Dip is a Tex-Mex delight featuring eight layers of zesty ingredients, such as refried beans, cream cheese, guacamole, salsa, and fresh vegetables. While you’re there, you could also check out their Cowboy Caviar recipe.
  6. Want something with a spicy kick? Sriracha Veggie Dip from Baste Cut Fold combines Greek yogurt, honey, lime, and sriracha, making it a versatile dip for chips or veggies.
  7. This Mexican Street Corn Dip recipe from Mandi of the Mountains is another spicy dip to add to your collection. It combines grilled corn, Cotija cheese, cilantro, and lime and is a twist on Elote.
  8. Enjoy a taste of Spain with The Cinnamon Jar’s quick Romesco Dip. This 5-minute wonder blends roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and almonds for a smoky, nutty, and tangy dip perfect for grilled meats and vegetables.
Awesome Appetizers for Watching Sports

Awesome Appetizers

The intensity of watching a football match calls for hearty appetizers—no one wants to sit down to a formal meal in the middle of a nail-biting game! Up first are apps for meat-eaters:

  1. Our Chinese-style Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings are crispy, spicy, and savory, making them a perfect appetizer for your next football gathering.
  2. These Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers are stuffed with cheese and spices and baked to perfection, making them ideal crowd-pleasers.
  3. Our Asian-Style Sticky Ribs, cooked in the Instant Pot, are tender, flavorful, and glazed with a delicious sticky sauce. They’re perfect for any game day feast.
  4. Spicy Chicken Satay served with a creamy peanut dipping sauce, is a flavorful and easy-to-make appetizer for entertaining guests.
  5. Our Cheese-Stuffed Taco Meatballs combine taco flavors with gooey melted cheese in every bite!
  6. Make sharing fun with Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos topped with seasoned beef, melted cheese, and fresh pico de gallo, making them the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
  7. Our Pizza-Stuffed Baked Potato Skins combine crispy potato shells filled with gooey cheese, pepperoni, and fresh basil.
  8. Pink Ninja’s Pigs in the Blanket recipe is a simple and classic party snack featuring mini sausages wrapped in crescent roll dough.
  9. These Ham and Cheese Empanadas from Little Black Skillet are a delicious and portable appetizer.
  10. Kim Schob’s Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms are a rich and flavorful appetizer. They combine creamy cheese and crispy bacon in tender mushroom caps.
  11. You can make these BBQ Chicken Taquitos from Homeschool & Happiness in the air fryer. They’re crispy on the outside and filled with tender, smoky chicken.
  12. Cinnamon and Sage Co. shares a fun and tasty Taco Cup recipe. Mini taco shells are filled with seasoned beef, cheese, and your favorite toppings.
  13. Another great sharing option is Loaded Tater Tots from Mother Griller. They’re a perfect game-day snack topped with cheese, bacon, and green onions.
  14. Homemade on a Weeknight‘s Bacon Cheeseburger Cups are fun and flavorful appetizers combining all the classic burger flavors in a bite-sized form.
  15. Daisies and Pie’s easy Sausage Rolls use just three ingredients—sausages, puff pastry, and an egg—creating a delicious, flaky treat.
  16. Food on sticks is always a winner! Try our Quick & Easy Tortellini & Chicken Skewers.
Tasty Plant-Based Appetizers

Plant-Based Appetizers

With emotions running high, having a variety of snacks ensures that there’s something for everyone to munch on, no matter the game’s outcome. Here are plant-based options to try:

  1. Our Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a spicy, crunchy appetizer served with a creamy homemade ranch dip,
  2. Caprese is a classic Italian salad, which we turned into mini bites in our Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze.
  3. Our Vegetarian Sheet Pan Nachos are loaded with beans, cheese, and fresh veggies, making them a hearty and satisfying meatless option for any crowd.
  4. Serve our Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges with a refreshing herbed coconut yogurt dip.
  5. Pizza lovers will love these Cheese Pizza Rolls from Baste Cut Fold. This delightful snack features marinara sauce and gooey cheese wrapped in crispy dough.
  6. These Pesto Pizza Bites from Veggie Inspired are filled with pesto, sauteed mushrooms, and tomato.
  7. Kim Schob’s Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread is a mouthwatering appetizer that combines garlic, cheese, and soft bread for an irresistible treat.
  8. Malsal and Chai have a creative twist on traditional spiced potato samosas with their Samosa Pinwheels recipe.
  9. Fried Mac and Cheese Bites from Oh My Veg takes a classic comfort food dish and turns it into an appetizer.
  10. Soft Pretzel Bites are soft and chewy and great for dipping. Whole Made Living suggests a cheese dip for these bites.
  11. The Savory Cipolla’s Jalapeno Cheese Bites are crunchy delights filled with cheese and topped with fresh jalapeno.

Quick & Easy Ideas

*Now of course, if you don’t want to/can’t be bothered to make from scratch, there are so many ready-made options to make the football fans in your house happy! Here are some final ideas for you:

  1. Country Platters: Arrange a selection of meats, cheeses, crackers, and other savory morsels based on the countries playing in the match on a large plate or platter. Aldi and Lidl are always great places to buy continental foods from Europe. I did this for our Eurovision Party, and it was well received!
  2. Hot Dogs: Grab a packet of frankfurters or bratwurst and some buns and make a plate of hot dogs. Serve with mustard, ketchup, and other toppings.
  3. Sandwich Bar: Provide various bread products and sandwich fillings, such as ham, cheese, and egg mayo, and let guests build their own sandwiches, subs, and wraps.
  4. Taco Station: Okay, so you will have to cook some taco meat, but provide tortillas, taco shells, guacamole, salsa, cheese, and all your favorite taco toppings, and guests can assemble their own. We did this for a World Cup Party, which was a big hit!
  5. Easy Buffet: Raid your supermarket for fresh or frozen party food—sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, mini quiches, pork pies, etc., and lay them out. If you’re feeling lazy, serve them straight from the packs or transfer them to platters if you have time.
  6. Veggie Plate: Buy a selection of vegetables, such as carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and mini sweet peppers (any you can eat raw), and cut them into crudites (or buy them pre-cut if possible). Serve them with a variety of store-bought dips. You could also add chips, pretzels, and crackers.
  7. Pizza Time: Pick up a selection of pizza, garlic bread, and dough balls, cook and serve.
  8. BBQ: Sport and barbecues are a great match! Set up the TV outside and enjoy burgers, beer, and football out in the sunshine.

Drinks & Desserts

We focused on appetizers, snacks, and other savory ideas, but we don’t want to leave you wondering what to drink or have for dessert!

  1. 39 Creative and Unique Margarita Recipes To Try
  2. 21 Delicious Summer Rum Cocktails for the Perfect Summer Drink
  3. Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
  4. Coke Floats
  5. Cherry Coca-Cola Cupcakes
  6. Chocolate + Peanut Ice Cream Cake

We hope these football food ideas inspire you to create the perfect spread for watching the UEFA Euro tournament with friends and family.

Whether you’re cheering for your home team or simply enjoying the excitement of the matches, great food will always be part of the fun. Enjoy the game, and happy cooking!

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