There's always a game day just around the corner in Canada, thanks to a mix of summer and winter sports. No matter what the game, finger foods make the viewing experience even more enjoyable. Hockey, baseball and football all call for some tasty bites to share. Even a curling tournament qualifies. Here are some easy appetizers to dig into while you cheer on the players (or berate the referee for that last call).
Finger lickin' game day chicken
What could be better for your football appetizers than chicken wings? This Original Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe uses Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce to add a mouthwatering spice to buffalo wings. There are hardly any steps to this recipe; just bake them and toss them in Frank's RedHot with a little butter and you're good to go.
For something a little more complex, check out our RedHot Fried Chicken Sliders. These mini chicken bites in a bun use sweet red onion, mayo and bleu cheese to level up simple popcorn chicken from the freezer. They'll be in a bowl in 35 minutes but gone before half-time.
Mix up your sauces by using Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wings Hot Sauce for this Buffalo Chicken Bombs dish. Rotisserie chicken is the other key ingredient in this dish, which bakes the bird directly into the dough. The result? Mini-bites that break open to unleash spicy-hot chicken flavours.
If you crave extra spicy tastes, combine Frank's RedHot with hot peppers to create these Loaded Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers. They mix chicken, cheese, and bacon. If there's a physical limit to the amount of flavour you can squeeze into a given area, this recipe gets close.
Vegetarian finger foods
You don't have to be a carnivore to enjoy game day treats. Cheese it up with these Buffalo Mac & Cheese Bites that put a beloved Canadian favourite into deep-fried holdable form.
Veggies want to be in on the action too. All are welcome — Frank's RedHot doesn't care. It marries with Club House Garlic Powder to supercharge cauliflower in these Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. All that's left to complete these football appetizers is a little creamy dipping sauce.
Game day dips
Frank's RedHot Guacamole is the perfect dip for those cauliflower bites, or for most other game day appetizers. A little Frank's RedHot combines with red onion, lime juice, and cilantro in a dip that blends cool avocado flavours with spicy cayenne pepper sauce.
If you want more complexity in your dip, look no further than this 7 Layer Buffalo Bar-B-Q Dip Recipe. Frank's RedHot combines with Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q Sauce and other ingredients ranging from heavy cream to cheese and refried beans. Be warned. You might have to impose a dipping maximum to ensure that everyone gets their share of this delicious dip. Or just make double.
What's better than chicken? Chicken with more chicken! Put the chicken directly in the dip with this Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe for Wings, which blends shredded chicken with cream cheese and ranch dressing. Especially decadent game day fans can plunge their chicken wings into this amazing dip, but like the guac, it also works well with chips.
These easy appetizers will make game day go extra smoothly. Just have them ready before kick-off, puck drop, or first pitch. We don't often hear about these dips around chess tournaments, and we think that's something people should fix. Everyone should enjoy buffalo wings, dips, and other fantastic finger foods — no matter what their game of choice.
Other game day recipes
If you have a lot of people coming over for game day, make sure you have plenty of variety. We have plenty of Frank's RedHot appetizers to keep hungry game fans happy. Check out these fabulous finger foods: