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Quick and easy game day appetizers

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Warm up for the big game

Nothing says "big game party" like a line-up of delicious appetizers laid out in front of a giant TV. You don't have to slave away in the kitchen to keep your guests happy, though. Whip up these quick and easy game day appetizers before hitting the couch to cheer on your favorite team!

Chipotle queso nacho

Chipotle queso nachos

Chips and queso are practically guaranteed at every game day party, but why not give your guests an extra treat with this easy Chipotle Queso Nachos recipe adapted from Tastefully Simple. It will take just a hair longer to make than traditional queso, but your guests will be so happy that you'll be glad you took the time.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar of Tastefully Simple's Chipotle Queso Dip Starter
  • 16 ounces processed cheese (like Velveeta), cubed
  • Blue corn chips
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced jalapenos

Directions:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a pan and drain the excess fat.
  2. Stir in the Chipotle Queso Dip Starter and the cubed cheese; continue stirring over low heat until the cheese melts.
  3. Lay chips on a platter and spoon the warm cheese mixture over the chips.
  4. Garnish with tomatoes and jalapenos.
  5. Set out additional toppings like sour cream, shredded lettuce, olives, salsa or diced onions so your guests can create their own "super nachos."

Not a meat eater? Check out these tasty veggie nachos >>

Beer and bacon glazed "all-mans"Beer and bacon glazed "all-mans"

Skip the can of peanuts this year and give your guests a nutty surprise with this almond recipe by Cory Barrett, pastry chef of Michael Symon Restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio. This recipe was so delicious that it won the Almond Board of California's Snack Attack contest, so it's sure to win the approval of your game day guests.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/3 cup beer (any type)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups whole almonds
  • 2 cups sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Set the baking pan aside.
  3. Place the brown sugar, bacon, beer, salt and pepper in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour both types of almonds into the saucepan and stir. Make sure to fully coat all of the almonds.
  5. Take the mixture and spread it in an even layer on the baking pan.
  6. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Remove the baking pan from the oven and spread the almonds onto a sheet of aluminum foil while they're still warm. If any of the almonds have formed large clumps, you'll want to break them apart.
  8. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before storing. The almonds can be stored at room temperature for up to three days, as long as they're kept in a closed plastic container.

Discover more almond recipes >>

Meatball bubble biscuitsMeatball bubble biscuits

Lots of people love eating meatballs during a big football game, but party hosts have to worry about potential meatball "fumbles." Goodness knows, flying meatballs can cause a big mess! To keep your guests happy while also protecting your carpet, try out this delicious recipe for Meatball Bubble Biscuits, adapted from Money Crashers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 ounce) can of Pillsbury Golden Layers Refrigerated Flaky Biscuits
  • 10 frozen cooked meatballs
  • 2 sticks of string cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Marinara sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Separate each of the 10 biscuits into top and bottom halves.
  3. Cut each meatball in half.
  4. Cut each stick of string cheese into 10 pieces. You should now have 20 biscuit halves, 20 pieces of meatball and 20 pieces of cheese.
  5. Place half of a meatball and a piece of string cheese into the center of a biscuit half. Roll the dough into a ball so that it completely covers the meatball and the cheese.
  6. Repeat this process with all 20 biscuits, then arrange the biscuit rolls on an ungreased 8- or 9-inch round cake pan.
  7. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder over the meatball biscuits.
  8. Bake the biscuits for 20 to 25 minutes or until they're golden brown on top. Serve with marinara sauce on the side.

Want a twist on the classic meatball? Try these sweet and sour meatballs >>

Watch: Baked jalapeno poppers

These are a great appetizer for the Super Bowl or any party. They are easy to make and take just three ingredients!

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