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7 Big Game Recipes Sure to Feed and Please a Hungry Crowd

The Superbowl is happening this Sunday.  To be honest, I don’t even know who’s playing.  What I do know, is that we have a handful of friends coming over and I need to feed them.  So, I stalked Facebook, Pinterest and even stole a recipe from a friend, to create a menu sure to please any crowd!  With the help of a friend this past weekend, I made all these recipes.  Start to finish, it took us about 2 hours to get everything assembled and cooked.  We then, of course, had to eat all the food!  You know, to make sure everything passed the taste test.  The answer is yes.  A+ on the taste test!

Ranch Pretzels

1 lb bag of your favorite pretzels

1 packet of dry ranch mix

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 cup of popcorn oil (This is found in the aisle where the popcorn is.  Not all stores carry this, but I did manage to find some at Target) 

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix it around until the pretzels are well coated and then lay out on wax or parchment paper to dry for a couple hours. 

I promise you these will be a big hit at your Superbowl Party!  The first thing out of everyone’s mouth when they try these is “WHAT IS ON THESE?  DID YOU MAKE THEM?”  Yes.  All caps because people are that excited about them. 





Loaded Tater Tot Skewers

1 Bag frozen tater tots

Shreded chedder cheese

A couple slices of cooked bacon

Chives or Green Onions

Sour Cream

I loosely followed this recipe here

Cook tater tots in oven until crispy on the outside.  Once done, skewer those little suckers.  Then generously sprinkle with cheese and bacon and pop under the broiler until cheese is melty.  Once out of the oven, drizzle with sour cream and sprinkle with chives. 






Barbeque Meatballs

1 Package premade meatballs

1 Cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)

1 Cup Grape Jelly

Mix everything together and throw it in the crockpot.  It’s that easy!  Fix it and forget it until it’s time for the Big Game to start.  The combo of the BBQ sauce and grape jelly has the right amount of smoky sweet flavor, it will please even the pickiest palate.




Pizza Dip

This is basically the recipe that inspired this Superbowl post.  I saw this recipe from Delish  pop up in my Facebook feed and it looked so good, I knew I had to make it!

2 Cups Ricotta

2 tbs. Parsley

1/2 Cup shredded parmesan

1 Cup chopped pepperoncini (don’t skip this ingredient!  it really adds a unique and wonderful flavor to the dish!)

1/2 Cup sliced black olives

Mozzarella Cheese (I used a bag of shredded, but the actual recipe calls for sliced)

Mini (or chopped) Pepperoni

Layer all ingredients (in that order) in a greased 9×9 pan.  Broil until melty, serve with toasted baguette.




This pizza dip is life.  So melty, so cheesy, so delicious.  Sure to be a crowd pleaser at your Superbowl Party!




Are you hungry yet?  I know I am!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I found this recipe right on the back of the Frank’s Red Hot bottle! 

2 Cups cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)

1 Package cream cheese, softened

1/2 Cup Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce

1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing

1/2 Cup crumbled blue cheese

Combine all ingredients in shallow 1-quart baking dish.  Bake about 20 min, at 350 degrees.  I like this dish best with celery, but crackers or toasted baguette would be good too!





I had some ingredients leftover from the Buffalo Chicken Dish, so I came up with a quick vegetarian option!


Buffalo Cauliflower

1/2 head cauliflower florets

1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce

Blue Cheese crumbles

Ranch dressing (for dipping)

I roasted the cauliflower in the oven for 10 min, then tossed with the buffalo sauce and blue cheese.  Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.  That’s it.  So simple and quick!




Now for a little something sweet!


Chocolate Covered Football Strawberries

1 package fresh strawberries

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers

White Icing

Melt chocolate according to package, dip strawberries.  Try not to stick your finger in the bowl to taste the chocolate, it’s hot and you will burn your finger.  Not that I tried that… really, I didn’t.  Let the chocolate harden.  Then use your white icing to draw the cute little football lines! 




Now, make your shopping list and go have some fun in the kitchen!

Bon Appetite!


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