Game Day Recipes with Ritz Crackers & Coke

by Alli

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It’s almost time for the big game and I’ve created the easiest, tastiest game day recipes with Ritz Crackers & Coke. For more game day recipes, be sure to check out 29 of my best game day recipes!

I prepared and presented these recipes to my 20 something-year-old tasting panel (aka my kids) and they went crazy wild over my game day appetizers and your guests will, too! You’ll spend hardly any time in the kitchen, yet you’ll score a major touchdown with this party.

Game Day Recipes with Ritz Crackers & Coke

Let’s start at the beginning with a party planning checklist. You have to make sure you’ve got the basics worked out.  Relax, my game day party is always low-maintenance so that you can enjoy the game.

Game Day Recipes With Ritz and Coke


A casual party calls for casual invites; even a phone call will do. You know your friends and family are waiting for that call.


I’ve got you covered. You’re going to love my easy, inexpensive DIY tablescape and it’s a way to get the man in your life involved, too. (My husband helped me out on this one.)


Keep it simple and scrumptious! I like to serve a variety of bite-sized appetizers that deliver a bold burst of flavor. You don’t want to spend game time in the kitchen. This is one party where I stock up on tasty food that requires a minimum amount of prep work.

Food & Beverages 

Some of your guests will be munching on and off during the entire game so don’t skimp on the food and beverages. More is always better.  

To plan for my game day party I always head to Walmart and check out the rollback prices such as DiGiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza (a family favorite). Then I grab a few six-packs of Coca-Cola and the family-sized package of Ritz crackers. Everything tastes better when it sits on a Ritz.

I created a road map with pictures so that you can find the ingredients you’ll need once you arrive at your local Walmart.

Coke, Ritz and DiGiorno

Game Day Featuring Ritz Cracker Recipes


The big game is the main event! We always pick our favorite commercials and at the end of the game we tally up the votes to find the winner.

The kids play a football game using soft, tiny footballs from the party store and the goalpost made from leftover PVC pipe.

The tablescape is anchored with a fake grass rug from the local home improvement store. My husband cut it to the size of my tabletop and I used a table cover underneath the rug to protect the table from scratches. We added some tape to resemble a football field and we were good to go.

Centerpiece for Game Day with Ritz & Coke

Easy Game Day Centerpiece

A game day party centerpiece calls for something outside the box. Flowers or candles just won’t cut it. I visited my favorite hobby/craft store and found the perfect centerpiece items for half off.

I’m in love with the silhouette of the football player. He’ll find a good home in the sports-themed bedroom of my grandson once the party is over.

Game Day with Coke and Ritz

DIY Game Day Pennant

This DIY “Game Day” Pennant garland is perfect to anchor the far end of the table. I bought the card stock pennants, twine and press-on letters from the craft store.  Done!

Homemade Pennant for the big game.

Favorite Game Day Recipes

No party is complete at my house without a pile of wings. I don’t like to get too spicy with the sauce because my grandsons will be digging in. I took my mom’s simple barbecue sauce and made it better with the addition of coke.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce featuring coco-cola

Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce

Game Day Recipes With Ritz and Coke


  • 2 Cups ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 6 oz. Coca-Cola
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small onion, diced (or onion salt to taste)


  1. If using the onion, saute in 2 tablespoons of butter until soft, but not browned.
  2. Add all of the other ingredients.
  3. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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More Recipes

Ritz crackers have always been my fave. I love the buttery flavor so much that I’m serving them in 3 different ways.

Both of the appetizers have a completely different taste and my herbed cheese, basil and tomato appetizers will be a big hit with the girls (and guys).

Game Day Herbed Cheese Appetizers

Herbed Cheese Spread on a Ritz

Herbed Cheese, Basil and Tomato Appetizers

Game Day Recipes With Ritz and Coke


  • Ritz crackers
  • 1 Container Herbed Cheese Spread
  • Fresh basil
  • Cherry tomatoes


  1. Spread each Ritz cracker with the herbed cheese spread.
  2. Add a small basil leaf.
  3. Top with 1/2 of a cherry tomato.
  4. Place on a serving tray and watch them disappear!

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Who can resist my coke infused ham and pepper jack bites?

Ham & Pepper Jack Cheese Bites

Coke Infused Ham & Pepper Jack Bites

Game Day Recipes With Ritz and Coke


  • 1 ham steak
  • 6 oz. Coke
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Pepper Jack cheese slices or Pepper Jack cheese spread.


  1. Pour the coke into a large skillet. Add the ham slice. Cook until heated through (turning occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn) and the liquid is almost gone.
  2. After the ham has cooled, use a small cookie cutter to cut out ham disks to fit on top of the Ritz crackers.
  3. Add a slice of Pepper Jack cheese OR a dab of cheese spread.

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I also feature Ritz crackers as the star in my Puttin’ on the Ritz cookies. I’ve had this simple recipe for years and it remains my family’s favorite cookie.

Puttin' On The Ritz Cookies for the Big Game

Puttin" On the Ritz Cookies

Game Day Recipes With Ritz and Coke


  • Ritz crackers
  • 1 package white candy coating
  • Peanut butter


  1. Spread peanut butter between 2 crackers. Repeat until you've used an entire sleeve of crackers.
  2. Melt candy coating according to package directions. Dip the prepared crackers into the candy coating with a fork held underneath the cracker.
  3. Let harden on wax paper.

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What are your plans for the big game? Are you hosting the party?

Game Day with Coke and Ritz







Rebekah January 23, 2015 - 7:29 am

Everything looks amazing!! I wish I had some ham and pepper jack crackers for breakfast. Lol

Alli January 23, 2015 - 7:30 am

Thanks, Rebekah! It was fun to create new recipes and the tablescape.

Sonya January 23, 2015 - 9:32 am

Candied Ritz crackers sound yummy. My son went through a phase where he loved Ritz crackers. The BBQ sauce also sounds amazing.

Alli January 23, 2015 - 9:35 am

Thanks, Sonia. Hope you try them both. They are delish!

Erin January 23, 2015 - 9:34 am

Looks delicious! And the table decor is fun! We’re just keeping it low key for the game since we have to kids under the age of 4. But once they’re older they would love this!

Alli January 23, 2015 - 9:37 am

Thanks, Erin. I’m all about easy, casual and fun for the big game.

jess meddows January 23, 2015 - 9:43 am

Alli, I love the attention to detail you’ve put into your game day party plan. I love the ritz cracker theme and its simplicity, and I love the centerpiece you’ve got! Also, my husband LOVES those Walmart Digornio pizzas 😀

Alli January 23, 2015 - 9:44 am

Thanks, Jess! I love to come up with new recipes using old faves.

Kimberly Bolden January 23, 2015 - 9:47 am

The Puttin” on the Ritz cookies look absolutely amazing! You had my mouth watering while reading your post.

Alli January 23, 2015 - 10:16 am

These cookies are amazing and so, so simple.

Paris at My BIg Fat Happy Life January 23, 2015 - 10:03 am

I love the football player! He’s awesome and I love using items I already have for a party or ones that I can use when finished. My grandma makes some Ritz cookies using chocolate, so I am sure that yours are super yummy! Thanks for all the great ideas for a football party – can’t wait for the big game, even if the Packers aren’t in it 🙁

Alli January 23, 2015 - 10:14 am

My team didn’t make it, either. I was going to cheer for the Packers because that’s the team of my grands and son-in-law. Can’t believe they lost.

Logan Can January 23, 2015 - 10:11 am

Great post, Alli! I love the football silhouette! The coke BBQ sauce sounds delicious!

Alli January 23, 2015 - 10:15 am

I love him, too. Hate to see him go home with the grands after the party.

Susannah // Feast + West January 23, 2015 - 10:47 am

Oh man, I totally have to try that Coca-Cola barbecue sauce! That sounds amazing. I like to buy barbecue from my favorite local spot, and then freeze it and heat it up when I’m short on time. I could totally up my sauce game with this!

Shirley Wood January 23, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Those Puttin on the Ritz cookies sound quite yummy! Looks like a fun party with easy to prepare snacks! We love ham steak at our house, will have to try cooking it in coke. I usually cook mine in orange juice.

Alli January 23, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Thosd cookies are the easiest cookies I’ve ever made and are probably the most requested from my family.

Farrah January 23, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Oh, Ritz crackers! <3 Everything looks so cute + delicious! 😀 I'm definitely going to have to try these out!

Alli January 23, 2015 - 3:46 pm

The garden herb and basil tomato is my fave.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 23, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Well, first of all, your decor is lovely! Second of all, those appetizers look amazing!!! I LOVE the basil leaves!

Alli January 23, 2015 - 4:12 pm

Thanks, Kristin! I always enjoy coming up with new ways to decorate for the big game. Those herb, tomato and basil leaves Ritz are awesome. I had to make myself stop eating them. 🙂

Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 24, 2015 - 11:53 pm

LOL Thanks so much for coming by the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week!

Kim January 23, 2015 - 8:54 pm

Well, we usually have a party but we aren’t fancy – no decorations:)
These recipes all look awesome and EASY!!!

Amanda January 28, 2015 - 9:30 pm

I love the football player silhouette..too cute. And all of those snacks look amazing! Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!


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