7 Game-Day Recipes You Can Totally Eat While Glued to the Couch

When the game means you can't pull yourself away from the screen, these Food Network recipes easily travel to the couch with you.

A yellow bowl of chili with jalapenos, cheese, tomatoes and tortillas

Even if your team gets knocked out in round two or your bracket is totally busted, tuning in for the college basketball’s March Madness typically rewards with suspenseful, fun games to watch with a group. Plus, a last-minute party is a great excuse to bust out those hearty, cheesy recipes one last time before the warm weather truly hits across the country. These dishes are satisfying to munch on and easy to eat when you’re squished on the couch with your friends.

Game Day Chili (above)

A big pot of chili is a no-brainer for a crowd. Serve Sunny Anderson’s turkey-and-chorizo-filled recipe in mugs so guests can pile on toppings and enjoy dinner wherever they can find a spot.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Giada De Laurentiis stuffs these vegetarian pockets with Pecorino-Romano cheese for sharpness, fontina and ricotta for melty creaminess, and artichokes for extra texture and bite. Plus, unlike cheesy artichoke dip, they’re portable.



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Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Melissa d’Arabian’s crowd-pleasing, grabbable snack is a subtly sweet dish guests can munch on in-between heartier foods — and it packs in flavor without relying on messy dip.

If you bought all the ingredients to make pizza, we suggest you try this recipe instead. Technically pizza is a fine hand-held food, but these bites are even easier to eat (and pass around to guests) in a packed room.

Baked into mini bowls (an easy feat with your muffin tin), tortillas can hold everyone’s favorite taco fixings and won’t spill as easily as a traditional taco, even if you eat them with your hands. Plus, they’re slam-dunk adorable.

Tidier than an overstuffed sandwich, Ree Drummond’s turkey and ham roll-ups won’t turn soggy if you make them ahead of time; mayo is served as a dip on the side, not spread on the wraps.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Why is Bobby Flay’s dessert perfect for game day? Let us count the ways: It’s fun. It’s nostalgic. It’s boozy. And it won’t crumble in your hands when you instinctively punch the air at a game-wining buzzer beater.

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