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From tennis to football to cycling, there is an abundance of sporting events on offer this summer. And a line-up like that deserves a menu to match (pun intended!). Senior content manager (and tennis fan) Ellie Donnell shares her top match snacks for munching while enjoying all the action.

I love the sense of community that comes with watching live sport. Even as a spectator, I feel part of something special, whether in a stadium or even on my own sofa. There’s an atmosphere of anticipation, excitement and hope – or sometimes despair!

Wherever you’re tuning in to your favourite sport this season, you’re going to need snacks. So, I’ve rounded up some of my top picks, from crisps ‘n’ dips to bread and cheese (with a twist), which are allperfect for sharing while you watch.

1. Beer cheese dipping bowl       

You’ll be winning with this epic sharing bowl – even if your team isn’t. The bowl is made of bread and then filled with a cheesy ale sauce. Snacking just got serious.

2. Prosciutto & pesto bread

You can’t go wrong with a tear ‘n’ share loaf for feeding hungry guests. Simply grab a baguette, then fill it with pesto, prosciutto and parmesan. Easy (and delicious)! 

3. Tomato & avocado salsa

I couldn’t round up my all-time favourite snacks without talking about dips! They’re the glue that holds a snack buffet together – any self-respecting crisp or carrot stick needs one. This Mexican-style salsa is one of my favourites, packed with chilli heat and zingy lime. It’s great with Co-op lightly salted tortilla chips too.

Need a quick fix? Put on a spread with Co-op Mexican mild salsa, Co-op red pepper houmous and Co-op soured cream & chive dip for the ultimate trio.

4. Co-op Irresistible Sea Salt & Chardonnay Wine Vinegar Crisps

What would dips be without crisps? There’s only one option in my opinion, and it’s got to be salt and vinegar – especially sea salt and chardonnay wine vinegar. If you know, you know.

5. Sticky chilli-coffee chicken wings 

Looking for the perfect finger food? This is it. The sticky glaze is made from ketchup, soy sauce and Fairtrade ground coffee. Sounds weird, but it works!

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6. Curried prawn skewers & yogurt dip

These curried prawn skewers taste even better when cooked on the barbecue. Plus, they take 10 minutes to make – including the dip!

Check out more snack recipe ideas, including a piña colada traybake you can cut into squares, to homemade tomato houmous with crackers.

Ellie Donnell
Senior content manager

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