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The rules of game-day eating are perhaps even more stringently observed than the rules of football, and nowhere are the divisions by "team" so clear: Some will insist on beer; some will pre-game the game with a well-garnished Bloody Mary. Some will say nachos are a must; others, chili and/or wings—and others, ceviche. There's the unspoken, unquestioned mandate of finger food, and the requirement for a "balanced" menu of salt, fat, sugar, and crunch.

Study the rules ahead of time; plot out your moves. And pull from this roster of 38 recipes that adhere to at least some of the rules—and elicit cheers from the crowd:

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Drinks

Mezcal Michelada

Mezcal Michelada by Josh Cohen

Handblown Moroccan Glasses (Set of 6)

Handblown Moroccan Glasses (Set of 6)

From $36
Margarita

Margarita by Erika Kotite

Apple Rye Punch

Apple Rye Punch by Kate Williams

Slip Cast Grigri Growler (64 oz.)

Slip Cast Grigri Growler (64 oz.)

$68
Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger

Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger by inpatskitchen

Finger Food—The Classic

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings by heather

Patricia Wells' Fake Frites

Patricia Wells' Fake Frites by Genius Recipes

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins by Josh Cohen

Super(bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Super(bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos by Kendra Vaculin

Wasabi Pea Snack Mix

Wasabi Pea Snack Mix by Kendra Vaculin

 Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs

Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs by foxeslovelemons

Ideas in Food's Korean-Style Chicken Wings

Ideas in Food's Korean-Style Chicken Wings by Genius Recipes

Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese

Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese by Nothing in the House // Emi...

Finger Food—The Spunky

Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon

Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon by molly yeh

Chicharrón with Lime and Chili Salt

Chicharrón with Lime and Chili Salt by Cara Nicoletti

Lamb Ribs with Tamarind, Honey, and Toasted Peanuts

Lamb Ribs with Tamarind, Honey, and Toasted Peanuts by Sara Jenkins

Herbed Butternut Squash Chips

Herbed Butternut Squash Chips by Merrill Stubbs

The Elegant Hors d'Oeuvre's Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

The Elegant Hors d'Oeuvre's Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts by Genius Recipes

Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix

Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix by drbabs

Smoky Fried Chickpeas

Smoky Fried Chickpeas by Aliwaks

Angostura Bitters-Glazed Popcorn

Angostura Bitters-Glazed Popcorn by The F&B Department

Dips

Nacho Cheese Sauce

Nacho Cheese Sauce by Lara

Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing

Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing by Tara O'Brady

Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip

Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip by Oui, Chef

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes

Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue

Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue by darksideofthespoon

Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce

Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce by Gena Hamshaw

Queso Fundido con Hongos

Queso Fundido con Hongos by aargersi

Winter Fruit Salsa

Winter Fruit Salsa by hardlikearmour

More Than a Bite

Short Rib Chili

Short Rib Chili by lastnightsdinner

Hot Chicken and Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle

Hot Chicken and Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle by Karrie / Tasty Ever After

Texas Tailgate Burger

Texas Tailgate Burger by aargersi

Chili Gumbo

Chili Gumbo by aargersi

Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili

Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili by creamtea

Vegetarian Muffuletta

Vegetarian Muffuletta by Josh Cohen

Sweet Stuff

Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares

Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares by Selma | Selma's Table

Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow

Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies by Leslie Stephens

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars by Riley Wofford

And a Few Ways to Kick Things Off

Bodacious Bacon Beer Brittle (2 Bags)

Bodacious Bacon Beer Brittle (2 Bags)

$16
Soup Mug

Soup Mug

From $48
Salty Caramel (2 Bags)

Salty Caramel (2 Bags)

$30
Sweet & Savory Finishing Sauces (3-Pack)

Sweet & Savory Finishing Sauces (3-Pack)

$30
Round Walnut and Sycamore Board

Round Walnut and Sycamore Board

$105
Rancho Gordo XOXOC Project Bean Collection (Pack of 4)

Rancho Gordo XOXOC Project Bean Collection (Pack of 4)

$25
Tomato & Garlic Achaar (2 Jars)

Tomato & Garlic Achaar (2 Jars)

$20
Slip Cast Grigri Growler (64 oz.)

Slip Cast Grigri Growler (64 oz.)

$68
Pickled Green Beans, Okra, Beets, and Relish

Pickled Green Beans, Okra, Beets, and Relish

From $29
Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas (Pack of 4)

Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas (Pack of 4)

$16
Handblown Moroccan Glasses (Set of 6)

Handblown Moroccan Glasses (Set of 6)

From $36
Pork Rinds Variety Snack Pack (Pack of 6)

Pork Rinds Variety Snack Pack (Pack of 6)

$21

Tell us what's on your game-day menu—and which team you're rooting for!—in the comments.

Tags: football, super bowl, game day, appetizers