The Best Game Day Snacks: 3 Cheesy Recipes for Football Season

V. Marchese is headquartered in Wisconsin, so we know a thing or two about cheese. In fact, dairy is one of our specialties. With football season quickly approaching, we have a few easy recipes for our fellow Cheeseheads to enjoy on game day. 

You can’t control whether your favorite team wins or loses. But you can control the appetizer you eat during the game. When choosing a recipe, we just have one piece of fool-proof advice: make sure it has cheese in it. 

  1. Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

When in doubt, make a dip. This spinach artichoke dip is warm, creamy, and impossible to resist when watching Sunday football. Plus—you can’t go wrong with a recipe that has three different cheeses in it.


  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup of sour cream
  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ⅔ cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 can of quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 6 ounces of frozen spinach, thawed and drained of excess liquid

Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, parmesan, mozzarella, and pepper. Stir in artichokes and spinach. Spread mixture evenly on a non-stick baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with tortilla chips, crackers, or fresh cut veggies.

Visit Cooking Classy for the original recipe. 

  1. Cheese Platter

Not in the mood to cook? The best part about cheese is that it can fend for itself. Serving a platter full of a variety of cheeses and other snacks is an easy way to cater to everyone’s tastes. 

The beauty of a cheese platter is that you can incorporate anything your heart desires. These are just a few tips: 

  • Serve at least one cheese that people are familiar with, such as brie or gouda. Then, choose something fun like manchego, gorgonzola, camembert, or goat cheese to add to the spread.
  • Select enough bread products to compliment your cheese’s textures. Perhaps include sliced baguette and a variety of crackers. 
  • Balance your platter with an array of sweet and salty items. Try candied nuts, cured meats, and dried fruits. 
  • Keep it fresh. When it comes to produce on your cheese platter, we recommend apples, pears, and grapes. 
  1. Loaded Nachos

Nachos are always a crowd favorite—especially when watching a game. Chock full of texture and flavor, this loaded nacho recipe simply never disappoints. 


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅔ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces of tortilla chips
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced

In a skillet, brown the ground beef completely. Drain fat. Stir in seasoning, water, and black beans. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until water evaporates. Meanwhile, spread tortilla chips onto a baking sheet and top with cheese and ground beef. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with green onion and diced tomatoes. Serve with salsa, guacamole, or sour cream. 

Visit Spend with Pennies for the original recipe.

We put the “Cheese” in V. Marchese

Most people know us for having the freshest fruits and vegetables in the Midwest. In addition to produce, we also offer spices, nuts, pastas, oils, juices, and more! In fact, we carry every ingredient needed for your game day snacks and appetizers. 

With that being said, dairy is one of our specialties—we truly put the “cheese” in V. Marchese. Our wide variety of cheeses provides chefs with endless opportunities—from fine dining, to food trucks, to homemade game day snacks. V. Marchese is your one-stop-shop for all things fresh and delicious. 
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