These Store-Bought Hacks Will Win Big on Game Day

You won’t miss a second of the action with these time-saving tricks!

Cheesy Chicken Pizza Pockets, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Cheesy Chicken Pizza Pockets, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

Photo by: Lauren Volo

Lauren Volo

When there’s a big game to watch with friends and family, we’d all rather be on the couch than in the kitchen, right? On the other hand, no one wants to be the person who shows up to the party with a subpar snack. To compromise, try these store-bought hacks to make great game day dishes. Every recipe listed is quick, easy and ultra-delicious — and if you want to take all the credit, your secret’s safe with us.

Don’t Forget About Your Odds and Ends

Have leftover veggies or meat in the fridge? Use them in the filling for these easy, cheesy pizza pockets (pictured above). Kelly Senyei folds cheese, chopped veggies and leftover chicken into store-bought pizza dough and bakes the pockets until they’re golden brown and gooey. Snag a jar of marinara at the store for dipping!

Food Styling: Karen Evans

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Food Styling: Karen Evans

Photo by: Sam Kaplan

Sam Kaplan

A Rotisserie Chicken Goes a Long Way

Though delicious, the process of preparing buffalo chicken dip can be a bit of a hassle. Luckily, you can skip the tedious cooking and shredding by buying a rotisserie chicken, instead. It saves tons of time (this quick and easy buffalo chicken dip is ready in just 20 minutes!) and tastes so good that two of our editors said it was their favorite game day recipe.

Food Network Kitchen's Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas for THE ULTIMATE FRIENDSGIVING/12 DAYS OF COOKIES/LAST-MINUTE SIDES, as seen on Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas for THE ULTIMATE FRIENDSGIVING/12 DAYS OF COOKIES/LAST-MINUTE SIDES, as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If you have chicken leftover from the dip, put it to good use as a filling for these shortcut chicken enchiladas. The chicken gets tossed with beans and cheese, then wrapped in a store-bought tortilla and coated with salsa. The entire dish comes together in less than an hour — and it’s great for serving with ice-cold beer.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow

Jason DeCrow

Skip the Homemade Dough

Don’t be fooled — these carbonara-inspired treats are not your average pigs in blankets. Mary Giuliani wraps mini hot dogs in refrigerated crescent dough, which she dresses up with Pecorino Romano cheese and diced pancetta. A bowl of alfredo sauce for dipping adds the perfect finishing touch!

Dress Up Your Cake Mix

Ree Drummond’s Crazy Brownies are the ultimate game day treat. She starts with a chocolate cake mix, which she fills with peanut butter cups, chocolate candies, nuts and caramels. The end result? A deliciously decadent treat that offers something for everyone at the party.

Stock Up in the Freezer Aisle

Guy’s secret? His five-star artichoke spinach dip is made with frozen veggies! He mixes creamed spinach with frozen artichokes, then uses jarred pesto and a few other ingredients to bind it all together. Pro tip: make this dip in advance, then let it chill in the fridge until just before kickoff. A few minutes on the grill is all it takes to be warm, gooey and a total hit with your game day guests.

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