25 Cheap Finger Foods for Your Super Bowl Party


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Party hosts should always be prepared with a menu of easy-to-eat finger foods, whether it's to feed a crowd during the big game, Academy Awards, Grammys, or some other cause for celebration. These 25 satisfying dishes are simple and cheap to make, ranging in price from 50 cents a serving for popcorn or veggie sushi to $4 a serving for sliders and ribs. Mix and match to come up with an ideal party menu without going over budget.

Carrots and Celery with Dip
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Carrots and celery are inexpensive staples at grocery stores year-round. Combine with a flavorful, cheap, and quick onion and sour cream dip that beats pre-made mixes. This recipe also works well with other veggies, too.
Recipe: Alton Brown

Party Mix Snack
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Bags of pre-made party mix come with a ton of sodium, plus an extra cost for convenience. Serve more mix for less money with this recipe -- or go freestyle.
Recipe: Chex

Chips and Salsa
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Buy chips and salsa in bulk to cut costs on this universally loved snack, or consider making fresh and cheap salsa in a food processor.
Recipe: Hamilton Beach

Golden Caramel Popcorn in a Bowl
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Popcorn, salty and sometimes sweet, is the perfect crunchy food to eat by the handful while watching the big game. Pop super-inexpensive corn the morning of a party and dust with different flavors for a dash of variety.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen

7-Layered Bean Dip
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Beans are cheap and filling, which makes this dip a good option for large, hungry crowds. A classic seven-layer bean dip recipe can be adapted to what's on hand and customized to taste. It doesn't even have to be seven layers -- a dish of flavorful refried beans with some hot sauce on top does the trick.
Recipe: McCormick

Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Using frozen spinach and artichokes makes this recipe simple and cost-effective. Substitute more spinach and skip the artichokes, or vice versa. The cream-cheese base makes a tangy flavored dish that always disappears fast.
Recipe: Alton Brown

Queso Dip
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This dangerously easy slow-cooker recipefor queso uses just four ingredients. A large batch makes for an instant party hit that's much cheaper than any takeout option.
Recipe: Cookie Rookie

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Guacamole is a favorite at parties, and one of the most nutritious options in a sea of fried and fatty foods. Using larger Dominican avocados, which are a brighter green and have smoother skin than Mexican Hass avocados, cuts costs. Or shop an ethnic market for good prices on Hass avocados a few days before the guac is needed, ensuring they have time to ripen.
Recipe: Allrecipes

Kale Chips
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Crunchy chips made from kale are all the rage, and just as satisfying as potato chips. Buying them from the store is costly and often means getting a bag full of preservatives. Follow this recipe to bake easy and inexpensive kale chips at home.
Recipe: Melissa Darabian

Cheese and Cracker Platter
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This classic party platter has stuck around for a reason: It satisfies with minimal effort and cost. A few types of cheese, such as a block of cheddar, a small wheel of queso fresco, and a wedge of brie, along with a box of crackers makes an easy snack centerpiece at any party.

Vegetable Sushi
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Raw fish can be expensive, intimidating, and dangerous to work with at home, but veggie sushi is fun and easy to make, and costs just pennies per serving. These basic instructions are a good place to start. Make custom specialty rolls and dipping sauces to create a sushi platter as impressive as it is inexpensive.
Recipe: Allrecipes

Pigs in a Blanket
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This classic party recipe is quick and easy to prepare with two ingredients: cocktail weiners and crescent rolls. To keep costs extra low, buy ingredients in bulk from wholesale club stores such as Costco when making large batches.
Recipe: Pillsbury

Grilled Quesadillas
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Quesadillas are a favorite game-watching snack and can be made with many different flavor combinations. This recipe for a classic cheese quesadilla is made in the oven to minimize hassle and cleanup. Serve with toppings and fillings of your choice.
Recipe: Brit + Co's Snapguide

Chicken Meatballs
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Chicken is less expensive than red meats typically used to make meatballs, and makes for a lighter snack. This recipe uses a slow cooker to make the dish easy. This is an easy make-ahead option that can be kept warm until guests arrive.
Recipe: Chef Savvy

Mini Quiche
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A classic French dish, quiche is one of the least expensive snacks to make for a crowd, and baking it in mini-muffin tins yields perfectly bite-size, crustless versions. This recipe covers the basics, but feel free to customize with different fillings.
Recipe: Add a Pinch

Grilled Cheese
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A plate of fresh grilled cheese sandwiches cut into quarters will disappear quickly at any party. This easy-to-eat finger food can be made simply with bread and a few slices of cheese, or spruced up with fillings from bacon to apple to onion jam.

Macaroni and Cheese Bites
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People have long searched for a way to make mac and cheese a finger food. Rolling it into balls and deep-frying is one option, but those who prefer a cheaper, hassle-free option can follow a recipe for mac and cheese "cupcakes" -- small, handheld portions baked in a muffin pan.
Recipe: Chef in Training

Baked Chicken Wings
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You can hardly have a Super Bowl party without wings, but ordering out adds up. This simple recipe for baked chicken wings makes crispy and tangy wings without fatty frying, and starting with bulk frozen wings is cheap enough to serve guests as many as they want.
Recipe: Bon Appétit

Chicken Satay Skewers
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Made from inexpensive chicken, these easy dipping skewers are a light option and full of flavor. Marinating the chicken overnight makes it tender and flavorful, so it's not a step to skip, but making the sauce and even grilling can be done ahead of time; just heat up the skewers before serving.
Recipe: Damn Delicious

Flatbread Pizzas
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Rather than order pricey pizza delivery, make pizzas from flatbreads and a variety of toppings. This recipe for a classic Margherita version is a good place to start. Set out bowls of toppings and let people make their own customized pizza.
Recipe: Let the Baking Begin

Sausage and Pepper Sliders
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Hearty mini sandwiches are impressive but can be easy to pull off. This sausage and pepper slider recipe from cuts down on cost by using inexpensive Italian sausage as the meat with more filler from onions and peppers. Cooked in a large batch and assembled on small buns, the process is quick and easy.
Recipe: Taste of Home

Baby Back Ribs
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Making ribs in the oven is an easy process that fills a kitchen with delicious and tempting aromas. This recipe for baby back ribs takes over four hours to make, but it can be prepared easily ahead of time and kept warm in a low-heat oven. Buy ribs in bulk from a wholesale club for quality meat at low prices and feast on ribs all weekend long.
Recipe: Allrecipes

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A simple cupcake adds the right amount of indulgence to a party centered on finger foods. This recipe can make regular cupcakes or minis that are easy to pop in your mouth in one bite. Decorate them for the event to be extra festive.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen

Football Sugar Cookies
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These basic sugar cookies make a cheap and easy dessert that can be turned into themed, shaped goodies for any occasion. For instance, use a football-shaped cookie cutter and decorate cookies with icing laces for a Super Bowl party.
Recipe: Allrecipes

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas
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Ice cream for a crowd can be messy, but make-ahead, chocolate-covered banana bites are a tasty and cheap treat that will be enjoyed just as much.
Recipe: Epicurious

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