Ducks 'n a Row: Football Food! Five Classic Appetizers for the Big Game

23 January 2014

Football Food! Five Classic Appetizers for the Big Game

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Celebrations, football Sunday, picnics and family gatherings -- every get together is so much better with delicious appetizers. Make enough of them and you won't need a main dish!

Here are five of the most popular, easy-to-make appetizers that everyone will love!
Grape Jelly Glazed Meatballs
Olive Tarts
Artichoke Heart Dip
Pigs in a Blanket
Crabmeat and Cheese Dip

Grape Jelly Glazed Meatballs
1 1/2 lb 90% ground beef
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 cup chili sauce
1 cup grape jelly
Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, salt and egg. Mush together. Roll into 1/2 balls. Sautee in a large non-stick skillet until done. Drain juices off. Add chili sauce and grape jelly and simmer, gently turning on occasion, until the sauce turns into a glaze on the meatballs (about 15 minutes).  Makes 3 dozen.

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Olive Tarts
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika 
48 pimento stuffed Spanish olives
Combine cheese and butter; toss with the other ingredients --except for the olives--to make a dough. Using a teaspoon, scoop a little dough into your hand and flatten it. Place an olive in the center. Surround the olive with the dough and roll in your hand like a meatball.  
Place on a cookie sheet, very close together but not touching, and freeze them. Once frozen, either transfer them to a freezer bag or bake immediately on a cookie sheet, about an inch apart, at  400°  for 15 minutes.  Serve hot.   

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Artichoke Heart Dip
2 jars or cans of artichoke hearts (drained)
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup real mayonnaise
lemon juice
Mix and bake at 325° until bubbly. 
Serve with crackers.

Pigs in a Blanket
32 cocktail hot dogs
 2 tubes Pillsbury® crescent rolls

Unroll crescent rolls. Cut each triangle in half. Roll one cocktail hot up in a triangle and place on a cookie sheet. Keep them 1 inch apart. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375° for 10-15 minutes. (Remove when lightly browned). Serve with ketchup, mustard or ranch dressing to dip in.

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Crabmeat and Cheese Dip
2 lb. VELVEETA® cheese
1 lb. crab meat, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 sticks butter 

Combine Velveeta cheese, garlic powder, Tabasco and butter in a double boiler, microwavable bowl or crock pot. Heat until cheese and butter is melted. Stir. Gently add the boneless crab meat and blend. Serve hot with Melba toast or crackers.

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Photo Credits:
  • Grape Jelly Glazed Meatballs by The Swedish on sxc dot hu
  • Artichoke Heart Dip from My Maryland dot com
  • Olive Tarts by Skat and the Misc blog
  • Pigs in a Blanket - Wikimedia
  • Velveeta Cheese by Charles Williams on Flickr Creative Commons
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