How to Put Together the ULTIMATE GAME DAY BOARD [recipe]

ultimate game day snack board

How to Put Together the Ultimate Game Day Board first, list of shopping resources/stores and Additional Tips and Tricks after.

How to Put Together the ULTIMATE GAME DAY BOARD

What You Need:

Buffalo cauliflower “wings” [recipe]
soft pretzels (see below for resource)
chicken tenders
vegetables: carrots, celery, cucumber, snap peas
chips: ruffled or kettle potato chips, corn chips
dips: ranch or blue cheese, spicy + honey mustards, Buffalo hummus, guacamole, ketchup or BBQ sauce for chicken tenders, chile con queso
cheese: cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese
charcuterie: beef jerky, chicharrones, pepperoni, soppresata, turkey pepperoni

Prepare Buffalo cauliflower and chicken tenders according to recipes, and frozen soft pretzels according to package directions.

While the soft pretzels are heating, prepare the dips. Put each dip in a small bowl or ramekin, then place on the serving board or tray.

Place the remaining vegetables, chips, cheeses, and charcuterie on the board around the dips, placing them near the dips or sauces with which they naturally match, and leaving space for the hot Buffalo cauliflower, soft pretzels, and chicken tenders, e.g. Buffalo cauliflower and celery with blue cheese dip, vegetables with Ranch or hummus, corn chips with guacamole and chile con queso.

Set aside about one-third to one-half of each of the hot foods and place in a low oven to keep warm until you have to refresh the board. Place the Buffalo cauliflower, soft pretzels and chicken tenders on the board in their reserved spots.

Serve immediately.


  • SOFT PRETZELS. We used frozen, fully-cooked soft pretzels from Traders Joe’s. Most grocery store freezer sections and Amazon carry frozen SuperPretzel brand soft pretzels.
  • CHICKEN TENDERS. If you have the will, you can make chicken tenders from scratch. You can also save yourself the stress and just buy chicken tenders because this is a Game Day Board for tailgating or a Super Bowl party, not high tea with the Queen. Shockingly, the chicken tenders in the hot food/deli section of Ralphs grocery store are very good.
  • BLUE CHEESE DIP. Blue Cheese is my dip choice for the Buffalo cauliflower, and I recommend you just buy a bottle or jar from the store. I have no idea how to make this. p.s. I love blue cheese dip, but I still have to have Ranch for everything else.
  • YOGURT RANCH. Without ranch, there is no board. This version is made with all yogurt rather than mayonnaise and sour cream for the obvious reason that mayonnaise is absolute trash. Use any and all dips from a bottle or jar you buy in the store, EXCEPT RANCH. Never use bottled ranch. Just never.
  • HUMMUS. The creamiest, fluffiest, BEST EVER HUMMUS recipe here, by Ottolenghi. Use this hummus straight up, not with other “flavors.”
  • BUFFALO HUMMUS. This Organic Buffalo Hummus was a last-minute find at Trader Joe’s. You could also just mix Buffalo sauce into plain hummus.
  • HONEY MUSTARD. Just buy your favorite mustards in a bottle or jar. Why waste your time. At this point you should know by now, there is very little homemade on a Game Day board like this.
  • GUACAMOLE. This is a guacamole that has no other “chunky” ingredients especially tomatoes which should NEVER be in ANY guacamole EVER anyway.
  • KETCHUP. The ketchup I use on most boards is an organic, unsweetened ketchup with additional various vegetable purees added, but I don’t actually eat ketchup, so use ANY ketchup you like for your board. This one is everyone’s favorite ketchup.
  • CHILE CON QUESO. We used a jar of Tostitos Chile Con Queso. I don’t even know if that stuff has real cheese but it is delicious and every fancy, homemade, from scratch or otherwise queso I have had tastes like salty uncooked flour. 


  • BOARD. You can use any board, platter, or tray that is large enough to hold the snacks and dips together. The board I have is 16×28 inches available here. It comes in a smaller version available on the same page.
  • SERVING HOT. The best way to keep the hot, cooked foods like Buffalo cauliflower and chicken tenders hot for the longest time is to make the space for them on the board as you build it, but place them on the board last. It also helps to keep the amount of each one small (just a few at a time), and replenishing with fresh, hot ones once they run out. That being said, snacks like buffalo wings and chicken tenders aren’t too bad when they’re room temperature, too.
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1 Christina Trafficante Constantine March 5, 2021 at 12:29 am

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