Game Day Recipes and Party Preparation!

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Game Day Party Preparation 

Game Day recipes and party planning are essential this time of year. We are of course all gearing for the big game in a few weeks, but let’s not forget the awesome games slated for this weekend. There are also some great college b-ball games going on, such a fun time of year for a sports fan. If you have more than a couple of guests coming over then you may want to do some pre-planning preparation on how to make the day completely enjoyable.  For my husband that means planning of “backyard macho competitions”, (just his code-word for horseshoes or cornhole). For me that means getting a headcount, cleaning, make sure the cable is working (doh!), and most importantly having some great snacks and dishes ready and presented in a fun way. For presentation keep it fun and easy if you’d like.  The accessories in these pics were no hassle and got the job done.

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Game Day Snack Essentials 

Game Day snacking is a must!  I always make sure to have a few of my go-to items ready for any party.  In some of my other articles I have shown how RITZ® crackers are versatile and make tons of different foods taste better.  Game Day is no different, and the below Chicken Enchilada Dip are a little slice of heaven when topped on a RITZ® crackers. I love the crunch they give and the contrasting texture to the smooth and soft dip.  Like RITZ® crackers another brand that has been head and shoulders above the rest long before I was born is Coca-Cola.  It’s probably the drink I first had while watching a game with my dad on our old black and white TV many years back, and will probably be what I’m sipping on while teaching my kids the rules of football and the importance of rooting for daddy’s team.  Enjoying a Coca-Cola is an American tradition, right alongside football.


Asian Meatballs Recipe

For the best Asian Style Meatballs I love this Sweet and Spicy recipe.  I had an ego that I had tried every type of meatball out there but sure enough these were very unique, and quite popular for kids and adults alike.  As a mom I love that, my kids are getting to be pickier eaters and it’s like a dream when they chow down on protein without me having to say anything!  These are another fun game day food, Just make sure to keep them warm as it makes them taste that much better!


asian meatballs recipe


Asian Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Author: Posh Journal
  • For meatballs :
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 white egg
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 scallions minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumb
  • Hoisin Sauce Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha chile sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Mix all meatballs ingredients in a mixing bowl, then shape the meat mixture into medium sized balls (2 inch).
  3. Arrange meatballs on a baking sheet
  4. Bake until cooked, for about 15 - 20 minutes
  5. Mix all sauce ingredients , stir the sauce then drizzle on meatballs
  6. Serve and enjoy

Chicken Satay Peanut Sauce Recipe

Look no further for a Chicken Satay Peanut Sauce Recipe that will keep your guests cheering during halftime!  The sauce is just as important as the meat itself in this dish, and of the different easy satay recipes I’ve tried I prefer this one as the sweetness of the sauce is perfect.

chicken satay peanut sauce recipe

How to Make Chicken Satay Peanut Sauce Recipe :

Chicken Satay Peanut Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins
Author: Posh Journal
  • 1 lb chicken breast/thigh
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • wooden skewers
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sambal
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  1. Place chicken, fish sauce, agave nectar, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil in a mixing bowl then marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Soak the skewer in the water for 15 minute to prevent burning
  3. Cut chicken into small and thin pieces then thread onto skewer
  4. Lightly oil the chicken on the skewer then grill for about 3 minutes each side
  5. for sauce : combine peanut butter, fresh lime, rice vinegar, agave nectar, sesame oil, coconut milk sambal and soy sauce in a mixing bowl. Serve with chicken satay



Chicken Enchilada Dip Recipe

I seek out chicken enchilada recipes, it’s one of my favorite Mexican foods to cook.  While they make an excellent entrée, in dip form they bring the same great taste and aren’t as heavy with the smaller portion.  If you prefer chicken enchiladas verdes or even beef enchiladas, the ingredients are simple to swap in.



How to Make Chicken Enchilada Dip Recipe:

chicken enchilada dip

Chicken Enchilada Dip
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Author: Posh Journal
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 medium can enchilada sauce 10oz
  • 1 small can green chilies
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 F. Combine shredded chicken, sauce, chilies and 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese in a large bowl, then transfer to a glass baking dish.
  2. Top with remaining cheese then bake for about 20 minutes.

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  • Reply
    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    Jan 20, 2016 at 2:39 am

    We always have great snacks for the regular game days, but we are having some people over on Super Bowl Sunday, so there will be lots of food.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    Jan 20, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Everything about this is so fantastic! We always put out a big spread for game day, and those meatballs are going to be center stage this year.

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    Chubskulit Rose
    Jan 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Wow, everything looks so delicious! The meatballs are talking to my tummy right now lol.

  • Reply
    Jan 20, 2016 at 8:33 am

    These appetizers all look amazing! I love the setup for the party. If I have a party, I will have to use some of these ideas!

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    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I am totally coming to your house for Super Bowl Sunday! All that food looks delicious. I think I might be making those meatballs for sure.

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    Travel Blogger
    Jan 20, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    This looks like such an awesome spread! I will have to try out some of the recipes for the big day. The chicken satay peanut sauce looks incredible.

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    Jennifer Van Huss
    Jan 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    What a great line up! I can’t believe the football season is coming to an end! I will have to use a few of these to surprise my DH this year! Those meatballs look great!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    Jan 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Oh thank you for posting the recipe for satay sauce! I have sampled that before and found it so good! Those meatballs also look so juicy. Lots of recipes to pin!

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    Miles Basilio
    Jan 20, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Everyone is going to love this concept. Watching games with these snacks would be a superb experience.

  • Reply
    Liz Mays
    Jan 20, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    These are some fun new game day recipes to try out. I love your game day table setup! I want to do something like that.

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    Jan 20, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    OMG, everything just looks so exceptionally good. That dip though, I want it now. Saving this for game day inspiration, thanks!

  • Reply
    Kita Bryant
    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Oh the party is at your house. I am going to bring my plate and my camera this is gorgeous!

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    Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey
    Jan 21, 2016 at 1:36 am

    What a great preparation! So many great foods and everything just looks absolutely delicious!

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 2:05 am

    This is absolutely a great set-up! all of these was look good and i love all the food it makes me hungry.

  • Reply
    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Love everything in here! They all look delicious and mouthwatering. I can’t wait to try them especially the Asian meatballs!

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    Jan 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

    All of these recipes are so delicious looking. These are great to serve for game day. We like to get together to watch the Hockey games.

  • Reply
    Jan 21, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Those meatballs look amazing!!! I am so trying these!

  • Reply
    Jan 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Your table looks so beautiful and those recipes look amazingly delicious.

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Looks like an awesome spread. Love the ref jersey on the bottle. Cute detail.

  • Reply
    Erica Brooks
    Jan 21, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Those Asian meatballs are something my husband would enjoy. I guess game day will be here before we know it.

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Your game day table is just gorgeous!! I love all of your recipes, they seem like they will be amazing!!

  • Reply
    Jan 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    You did an awesome job on this! I would love to come watch the game at your place.=)

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    Up Run for Life
    Jan 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I am going to make the chicken enchilada dip for our Super Bowl party. The chicken wings look delicious too.

    You did an excellent job on the photos too.

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    Ryan escat
    Jan 21, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Such an awesome preparation. I really bet all the foods they are all look delicious. I would love to try the meatballs.

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    Crystal McWhirter-Lopez
    Jan 22, 2016 at 6:49 am

    We are certainly gearing up for some game day fun as well! These are great snacks and setup idea! Will definitely have to try the Asian Meatballs!

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 7:28 am

    The meatballs so amazing!! I know my whole family would love them especially my husband!

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    Lisa Rios
    Jan 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    My goodness, these meatballs are looking absolutely delicious & I would prefer ground beef for it. I am in love with that awesome arrangements for the game day party preparation which is absolutely stunning & inviting.

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    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

    This look absolutely amazing. Everything looks great! I love the layout and the design you created!

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    Jan 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Omg those Asian meatballs sound incredible!!! So pinning so I can make some
    Myself!! Yummy 🙂

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    Jan 23, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Oh my mouth is just watering! What a delicious looking meatball and these are great party tips.

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    Ria Rosaura Romero
    Mar 15, 2016 at 7:15 am

    ooh my, your recipe makes me really really hungry and makes me crave for one. i wish i can create this dish in a very near future

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