We all have had friends over for game night & we all know how important it is to make our company for game night as comfortable as possible. At game night I know that I always want to have a few homemade snacks available, snacks like chips & pizza are okay, but having something fresh & hot is even better.

Now we have to be sure that homemade snacks aren’t too messy. We wouldn’t want to get dice, cards, or game pieces greasy or dirty in any way.

So here are a few fresh ideas to keep you & your guests satisfied for your next game night.

1: Queso Dip w/ meat: 1/4 lb. ground beef, 1 tbsp. Butter, 1 tbsp. flour, 1/2 lb. shredded cheese (cheddar works best), 1/4 cup (2oz.) cream cheese, 1/4 cup milk, & 1/4 cup salsa.

First you will want to brown the ground beef. When making dip like this I like to use 90/10 or 85/15. This allows for more meat to fat ratio. After browning, drain, & set beef aside.

Next mix the  butter & the flour in a sauce pan over medium heat, stir for about a minute. Next stir in the cheese, cream cheese, milk, & your favorite jarred salsa until smooth. Then just add the ground beef you had just made.

Scoop into bowls & serve with corn chips.

2: Pizza Snacks: 1/4 lb. sliced pepperoni, 2 cups pita chips, 1 cup cheese crackers, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. parsley, 1/2 tsp. oregano, & 1/2 tsp. basil.

First preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Next lay out the pepperoni onto a baking sheet. Cook the pepperoni for 12-15 minutes. After the pepperoni is finished cooking, take the pepperoni off the baking sheet onto paper towels to dry, this helps remove leftover grease from the pepperoni. Make sure to keep the oven on.

Next take & place the chips & crackers on a clean baking sheet. Sprinkle the parsley, oregano, & basil onto the chips & crackers. Drizzle the olive oil over the chips & crackers & mix together. Place into the oven & bake mix for 10 minutes. Once finished add the pepperoni to the chip & cracker mix. Pour into a bowl & serve.

If you are trying to eat healthy then here is a quick & easy recipe for you and your guests.

3: Veggie Pockets: You will need to go out & purchase some mini pita pockets. You will also need a 17 oz. container of hummus, a sliced cucumber (I prefer English cucumbers since they are less waxy), 4 oz. container of feta cheese, some chopped lettuce, & a jar of chopped Kalamata olives. If you can’t find chopped then just hand dice pitted Kalamata olives.

Just fill the pitas with the aforementioned ingredients. Serve on a tray & the veggie pockets are ready to be enjoyed.

Well, I hope this gives you some ideas for your next game night. Heck these are just good for movie snacks too.

Look for more game night snack ideas soon. Remember to always keep the napkins handy just in case. Enjoy the food & game on!

-Christopher Richter

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