Popular Super Bowl Appetizers Recipes

It might be time to re-name this annual sports event, since America's "big game" has morphed into the "big snack fest." Whether you gather for the football or the food, everyone knows what to expect when they head to a Super Bowl party - great appetizers, and lots of them. If you want to keep your guests cheering, skip boring old store-bought chips and make your own easy party recipes. Spicy, tangy Buffalo chicken wings are a no-brainer (homemade blue cheese dressing is easy to make and a killer accompaniment), as are bowls of spicy-sweet glazed nuts. and rich, creamy dips (you can even serve them with veggies if you're feeling health-conscious). Crockpot meatballs? Yes, please. Great snacks and a great game? Score!

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.

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Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Adding canned beans to a spicy salsa is an easy way to boost fiber and improve nutritional value. This salsa is also a good accompaniment for burgers or Scrambled Egg Burritos.

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Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Toasted Pita Crisps

A super scooper for your favorite dips.

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Toasted Pita Crisps

Sizzled Citrus Shrimp

This quick Spanish-inspired saute is a lesson in simplicity. All shrimp really needs to dazzle is lots of garlic and a splash of lemon. Serve as a main dish or as a tapa (appetizer).

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Sizzled Citrus Shrimp

Date Wraps

Sweet dates and salty prosciutto combine in a tasty bite.

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Date Wraps

Shrimp & Avocado Canapes

Precooked shrimp make this pretty appetizer a snap to prepare.

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Shrimp & Avocado Canapes

Fennel & Parmesan

Top fennel slices with shaved Parmesan for a tasty treat.

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Fennel & Parmesan

Chili Pecans

A medley of warm spices tempered with a touch of brown sugar is a great match for rich, nutritious pecans. They make a perfect nibble with a drink before dinner or afterward with a cup of espresso.

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Chili Pecans

Smoked Salmon Tartare

Smoked salmon gets an added crunch when served on radish slices.

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Smoked Salmon Tartare

Tomato-Basil Skewers

Skewering mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes makes them easy to nosh at a party.

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Tomato-Basil Skewers

Wasabi Crab on Endive

Spicy wasabi mayonnaise makes crab sing in these easy appetizers.

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Wasabi Crab on Endive

Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes

Caviar lovers agree that the best presentations are the simplest.

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Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes

Garlic & White Bean Dip

For this simple-as-can-be dip, rich-tasting poached garlic is pureed with convenient canned beans, a little bit of onion and a dash of lemon juice. Use it as a dip for crudit's, a topping for bruschetta or even as a spread for a sandwich.

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Garlic & White Bean Dip

Caramelized Onion & White Bean Flatbread

Here we top pizza with herbed mashed beans, sliced plum tomatoes, sweet caramelized onions and some shredded Gouda for a tasty flatbread that will have you rethinking pizza toppings.

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Caramelized Onion & White Bean Flatbread

Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables

Adults and kids alike love the tanginess of this ranch-style dip. By using nonfat buttermilk and low-fat mayonnaise for the creamy base we've cut the fat substantially and eliminated the saturated fat. It only takes 15 minutes to make and keeps for 3 days so it's perfect for a healthy snack in a pinch.

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Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.

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Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Lots of freshly chopped herbs add zing to our white bean dip. Serve with assorted vegetables, such as baby carrots, bell pepper strips, radishes, snow peas, broccoli and caulifower florets.

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Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Spears

Deli roast beef and a simple blue cheese cream top Treviso in a simple, pretty appetizer.

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Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Spears

Five-Spice Scallops

You could also serve the scallops over Asian salad greens dressed with sesame oil and rice vinegar for a simple dinner.

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Five-Spice Scallops

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Roasting tomatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

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Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber in this Tex-Mex layered dip. We use reduced-fat sour cream along with full-fat (and full-flavored) cheese to make the dip lighter without compromising great taste. Be sure to have lots of baked tortilla chips on hand when you serve it.

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Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Even though boneless Buffalo wings are made with healthy white-meat chicken, they're usually deep-fried and drenched in hot sauce laced with butter. The solution: chicken tenders are dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, pan-fried in only a small amount of oil and then drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce. With a fraction of the fat, calories and sodium, these boneless wings are reason enough to throw a party.

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Boneless Buffalo Wings

Spicy Blue Cheese Dip

Make this your dip for Boneless Buffalo Wings and crunchy vegetables instead of a higher-fat blue cheese dressing. We've added a generous amount of cayenne pepper for fans of hot wings--omit the cayenne if you're serving this to a less "spicy" crowd.

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Spicy Blue Cheese Dip

Spiced Spanish Almonds

Salty, sweet and laced with smoke--the perfect kind of almond for a party. If any remain the next day, savor them over a salad topped with sliced ripe pears and shaved Manchego cheese.

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Spiced Spanish Almonds

Spicy Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

These succulent meatballs can be served on little plates with plenty of bread for sopping up the rich tomato sauce or simply with toothpicks (and a napkin!). They are best served warm.

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Spicy Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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