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Slam-dunkable finger foods for game day

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Game day, or any other time you have friends over, is just not complete without a generous supply of snacks. These fun, easy recipes will get you out of the kitchen and into the game — fast.
Pizza Pinwheels
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Pizza pinwheels

Add pepperoni and other favorite pizza toppings before rolling and baking the dough.

Yield: 12 pinwheels

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refrigerated biscuit dough, or your favorite biscuit recipe
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce for dunking

Directions:

  1. Roll the biscuit dough out into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Spread with the pizza sauce.
  3. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
  4. Roll up and pinch the bottom edge to seal.
  5. Cut into 12 slices and place on a lightly-oiled cookie sheet, cut side down.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Waldorf salad cheese ball

Waldorf salad is recreated into a spread. Use this classic combination to stuff celery or as a cheese ball.

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans, divided use
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped apple — leave the peel on for color
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Celery, carrots, crackers and apples for spreading

Directions:

  1. Mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup of the pecans, apple, honey and cinnamon together until well blended.
  2. Form into a ball and roll in the remaining chopped pecans.
  3. Use to stuff celery or as a spread for crudités and crackers.
Black Bean and Chili Cheese Bites
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Black bean and chili cheese bites

These spicy bites of Southwestern flavor are easy and addictive.

Yield: 24

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refrigerated biscuit dough or your favorite biscuit recipe
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces canned chilies, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 24 slices of jalapeño

Directions:

  1. Roll the biscuit dough out into a rectangle and cut into 24 squares.
  2. Press each square into one mini-muffin cup.
  3. Mix the cheese, beans, mayonnaise, chilies and cilantro.
  4. Add a spoonful of the cheese mixture to each square of biscuit dough.
  5. Top with a little extra cheese and a slice of jalapeño.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes.
  7. Let cool slightly to firm up.

Brie, pecan and hot pepper jelly bruschetta

Crispy baguette slices are topped with creamy Brie; spicy, sweet pepper jelly; and crunchy pecans.

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of baguette, sliced 1/2-inch thick and on a diagonal
  • 12 ounces of Brie
  • 12 teaspoons of hot pepper jelly, jalapeño jelly or similar spicy jelly
  • 3/4 cup of chopped, toasted pecans

Directions:

  1. Place baguette slices on a cookie sheet.
  2. Spread each slice with one tablespoon of Brie.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until the Brie is soft and bubbly.
  4. Top with a spoonful of the jelly and a tablespoon of the pecans.
  5. Serve warm.

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