Super Bowl is COMING. Maybe for you, it’s just football, but a sports showdown of this proportion calls for more than frozen appetizers and store-bought veggie platters. No, this game calls for a memorable line-up of appetizers to impress your Super Bowl party guests…

1. Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Super Bowl Eggs

One look and you already know that these bacon and cheese filled stuffed eggs will be the touchdown of your Super Bowl party! Assembling a team of these delicious eggs is fairly easy—simply scoop a heaping teaspoon of bacon and cheese mixture into one half of each peeled, hardboiled egg and place the matching half of top. Dress with thin white sour cream laces to represent little footballs.

2. Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

Bacon-wrapped apps are always a crowd-pleaser at sport spectating events. And a platter of these bacon wrapped meatballs will disappear at your Super Bowl party faster than you can yell, “Hut hut!” Crispy on the outside thanks to a coating of brown sugar, chili powder, and a bacon wrap—the sugar caramelizes to create a meat bite that’s equally and irresistibly sweet and spicy.

3. Madeira Mushroom Football Tart

Why settle for the same take-out, football-shaped pizza when you can bring you’re a-game with this football-shaped mushroom tart. Frozen puff pastry dough is easily shaped into a pigskin shape and filled with caramelized cremini and shitake mushrooms, crispy pancetta (or bacon), diced shallots and garlic, roasted red peppers, beef broth, balsamic vinegar, and a splash of Madeira Wine. Top with melted Parmigiano-Reggiano and Mozzarella cheeses.

4. Chicken and Waffle Sliders

Who says game day grub needs to be spicy and barbecued when it can be crispy and sweet! These undeniably delicious chicken and waffle sliders feature a crispy chicken finger bite sandwiched between 2 Eggo Mini Waffles. Top with homemade coleslaw and drizzle with real maple syrup for a stick-to-your-ribs party pleaser!

5. Spicy Sriracha Chex Mix

Unhand that bag of store-bought party mix and feast your eyes on this spice-filled combination of wheat and corn Chex cereal, mini cheddar crackers, pretzels, and roasted peanuts. This party mix contains an addictive seasoning of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and spicy Sriracha, which means no superficial preservatives on game day!

6. Grilled Garlic-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos

Char-grilled skirt steak is a prime appetizer to rip into while your team is whipping the field with the opponent. Luckily, this flavorful cut of beef pan-sears to perfection, leaving a moist, lime-drizzled steak that’s easy to slice for soft tacos. Present an assortment of hard taco shells and soft corn tortillas, shredded green and red cabbage, onions, peppers, guacamole, and spicy salsa.

7. The Cheeseburger Bloody Mary

There are appetizers and drinks and then there are appetizers in drinks! This creative and quite tasty cheeseburger bloody Mary takes garnishes above and beyond MVP levels. Prepare a line-up of bloody Mary cocktails—combining your choice of vodka, vegetable juice, horseradish, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and spice with lime and celery salt. Garnish by stacking plump mini beef patties, a slice of cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard, and arugula between a mini toasted bun, and crown with a pickle spear.

8. Jalapeno Poppers

This recipe is actually called “Skinny Jalapeno Poppers,” but I didn’t want to scare off big football-sized appetites prior to the tailgate party. Don’t worry; you can’t tell the difference when you pop one of these baked jalapeño pepper halves in your mouth. The cream cheese and cheddar might be reduced fat, and the bacon might be lean, but at 42-calories each the spicy-creamy flavors are an unmistakable score!

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Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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