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 <a href="/blogs/cooking/super-bowl-party-recipes-ultimate-super-bowl-party/">Super Bowl party</a> - 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 <a href="/blogs/cooking/chicken-wings-recipes-super-bowl/">chicken wings</a> are a no-brainer (homemade blue cheese dressing is easy to make and a killer accompaniment), as are bowls of spicy-sweet glazed <a href="/recipes/appetizers/vegetable/nuts/popular/">nuts</a>. and rich, creamy <a href="/recipes/appetizers/dips-spreads/popular/">dips</a> (you can even serve them with veggies if you're feeling health-conscious). Crockpot <a href="/cranberry-barbecue-meatballs/">meatballs</a>? Yes, please. Great snacks and a great game? Score!

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Ham and Cheese Dip

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Ham and Cheese Dip

Picadillo Dip

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Picadillo Dip

Cheesy Mexican Fondue

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Cheesy Mexican Fondue

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

From Midwest Living

Talk about easy! Thanks to convenience foods, these sliders come together in minutes.

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

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Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

From EatingWell

Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a quick and healthy bean dip. It also works well as a sandwich spread with your favorite vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese.

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

From EatingWell

Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip. We like carrots and snow peas, but any crunchy vegetables you have on hand will do.

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

From EatingWell

People along the Yangtze River enjoy dumplings with a variety of fillings, from seafood to red meat, eggs to vegetables. In Wuhan, dumplings may be served at any meal. Crisp, pan-fried dumplings don't have to be loaded with fat. Cooking them in a mix of water and oil makes them crisp on the bottom, tender and juicy inside.

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

From EatingWell

You can make your own tasty pita chips in a matter of minutes. Just cut pita bread into wedges (stale pitas work very well), brush them with a little olive oil and bake. Not only do homemade pita chips save you money, you'll also cut calories by 16 percent.

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

French Onion Dip

From EatingWell

In our homemade version of French onion dip, we simmer chopped onions in broth and use reduced-fat sour cream and yogurt for the familiar rich and creamy flavor. All told, our version has 12 grams less fat and nearly 50 percent less sodium per serving than the original.

French Onion Dip

Creamy Spinach Dip

From EatingWell

Try this light spinach dip made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. It will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving when compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich.

Creamy Spinach Dip

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

From EatingWell

These tortilla chips are baked, not fried, and a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of chili powder add flavor without tons of calories. Plus with 5 grams less fat per serving than a packaged version, they deliver all the crunch without the guilt.

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

Chile Con Queso

From EatingWell

Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-gooey-cheese lovers celebrating. Now you can enjoy this Tex-Mex dip without all the fat and calories. We replaced some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and used sharp Cheddar plus a splash of beer to boost the flavor. Our version cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.

Chile Con Queso

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

From EatingWell

Red beets and golden carrots look especially festive in these zesty horseradish-and-bacon-flecked cakes. Avoid parsnips, which need to be cored, in this recipe, as trying to shred the smaller cored pieces might result in nicked knuckles. Try the pancakes with seared steaks or make them bite-size for a beautiful appetizer.

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

From EatingWell

These tuna-stuffed peppers are ubiquitous in delis all over Susa, Italy.

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

Salsa Rojo

From EatingWell

Here's a homemade version of the tomato salsa served at taco stands and burrito joints everywhere. Try it with all your favorite Mexican foods--it even works as enchilada sauce.

Salsa Rojo

Kefta

From EatingWell

Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco's most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It's delicious served with ratatouille.

Kefta

Boneless Buffalo Wings

From EatingWell

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.

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

From EatingWell

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.

Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Serrano Ham with Crusty Tomato Bread

From EatingWell

For this classic tapas morsel, sweet and garlicky tomato spread is the perfect companion for thin slices of salty, dry-cured Spanish ham. Plum tomatoes are called for because they contain less water and therefore have a more intense flavor when they are slow-roasted.

Serrano Ham with Crusty Tomato Bread

Sherried Mushrooms

From EatingWell

Tapas are not always fancy--usually they're just a few simple ingredients prepared well, like these tender, juicy mushrooms. Just place a dish of toothpicks next to the serving dish and let guests help themselves.

Sherried Mushrooms

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

From EatingWell

Roasting tomatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Five-Spice Scallops

From EatingWell

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

Five-Spice Scallops

Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Spears

From EatingWell

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

Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Spears

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