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Game Day Appetizers

Planning to throw a Super Bowl party and not sure what to serve? Try adding some of these hearty finger foods and tasty dips to your party buffet table.

Finger Foods

Game Day Appetizers - Spicy Chicken WingsSpicy Chicken Wings
What would a Super Bowl party be without chicken wings?

What you need:
1 family pack chicken wings (about 2lbs)
1/4 cup oil
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup soy sauce
2-3 cloves garlic minced (about 1 teaspoon)

Mix all ingredients except chicken wings in a bowl.  Add in chicken wings, mix then transfer to a zip loc bag and marinate in refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.  Remove from refrigerator and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and spread the chicken wings in one layer on the baking pan. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Turn the wings over and bake for another 20 minutes. Brown under the broiler for a couple of minutes to brown further, if desired. Serve with a bleu cheese or ranch dip (see below).

Mini Cheeseburgers
Make your own “sliders”.

What you’ll need:
1.5 lbs lean ground beef
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 cloves garlic finely minced
1/2 cup italian breadcrumbs
1 large egg
24 small (2-inch square) cheddar and/or swiss slices
2 dozen small, soft dinner rolls

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and form 24 mini patties (about 2-inch square and 1/4 inch thick). Place your mini burger patties on a grill or grill pan and cook them for 2-3 minutes on one side then flip and cook for 1 minute. Place the cheese slice on top and cook another 1-2 minutes until done. Serve on dinner roll and garnish with basil mayonnaise (see below) and other condiments.

Recipe for Basil Mayonnaise

What you’ll need:
1 cup of Kraft mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon zest
juice of half a small lemon
1 large bunch of basil leaves finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and serve on the side or directly on the mini cheeseburgers. Keep chilled if you’re not serving right away.

Game Day Appetizers - Pigs in a BlanketPigs in a Blanket
These are easy to make and kids love them too!

What you need:
3 cans Pillsbury croissants (8ct)
24 beef sausages
1 egg beaten
non-stick spray

Pre-heat oven according to directions on the croissant can. Brown the sausages and transfer them to a plate covered with two sheets of paper towels. Coat two baking sheets with non-stick spray and set aside. Open one can of the croissants (leave the other two in the refrigerator because they’re easier to handle when cold). Lay out the dough triangles on a plate. Place one triangle on another plate with the smaller point away from you. Place one sausage on the dough and roll towards the smaller point. Do the same for all 24 sausages. Once you are done, beat one large egg in a bowl and, using a basting brush, lightly swipe the tops of the croissants with the egg mixture. This will create a nice, shiny finish when the croissants are done baking. Bake according to package directions or until the croissants are lightly brown. Image credit


Game Day Appetizers - Blue Cheese DipBlue Cheese Dip
Need something to go with your chicken wings?

What you need:
1/2 cup Daisy sour cream
1/2 cup Kraft mayonnaise
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup of chopped flat leaf parsley
salt and pepper to taste
dash of hot sauce, to taste

Mix all ingredients and serve with your wings or with a vegetable tray.  You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Image credit

Ranch Dip
Don’t care for blue cheese dip? Try a ranch flavored dip that’s beyond easy to make.

What you need:
1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch original ranch dip mix
1 16oz container of Daisy sour cream

Mix these together and chill until you’re ready to serve.  Serve with your wings or with a vegetable tray.

Game Day Appetizers - Guacamole DipGuacamole Dip
This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of the best guacamole you’ve ever had!

6 medium, ripe avocados ma
shed with a fork or potato masher
juice of 1/2 lg lemon
2 – 3 T of Mrs. Renfro’s green salsa or other mild/hot green salsa (Mrs. Renfro’s is the best!)
3 – 4 lg cloves of garlic minced
1 ½  – 2 t of red onion minced
1 plum tomato diced small
dash of salt (about  ¼  tsp)
dash of black pepper (about ¼  tsp)

Mash avocados in a big bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and stir.  Serve with your choice of chips or add as a condiment to dinner. Image credit

Mina FranneaMina Frannea is a mom to twin children, a son and daughter, and a wife of 14 years to a wonderful husband. An avid volunteer, Mina is involved at her children’s school and in various capacities in her community. Mina enjoys creating new recipes, finding great bargains, tinkering with technology, learning new things, and finding projects that will keep her little munchkins busy long enough to get dinner on the table!

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