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Football party food ideas?

I'm going to a party for a big college ball game this weekend. The host is deep-frying a turkey and I'm trying to think of a fun appetizer/snack to bring. Somehow none of my salsa or dip ideas appeal to me. It should probably not need to be kept piping hot because I'm not sure I'll have access to an oven at his house. Anyone have any suggestions of tings that have been big hits? Also, probably no red meat since we have some who won't eat it. Thanks!

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  1. Raw Oysters....Boiled Shrimp (Peel um and eat um)

    Fun!!

    1. Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip is a hit at every football-related function I've ever been to...do you need the recipe?

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      1. A couple of things I've made that have been big hits:

        BBQ shrimp....just coat shrimp in your favorite spicy BBQ sauce and then grill or broil until done.

        Chicken cups: wonton skins pressed into mini-muffin tins, parbaked, then filled with a mixture of shredded chicken, black beans, corn, spicy peppers, onion, maybe some taco sauce, etc. Make your own yummy filling to your liking.

        A fun take on buffalo wings: buffalo chicken lettuce cups. Cook chicken thighs in a slowcooker with hot sauce and chicken broth until tender, then shred, adjust seasonings if needed, and fill boston lettuce leaves with chicken, then drizzle with blue cheese dressing. I made this for a superbowl party last year and it was a huge hit.

        1. C'mon Lauren, I am pretty sure you are in CMH and going to the OSU vs. Mich party. It has to be Buckeyes, although probably everyone at the party will bring them. For those not "in the know", the Buckeye is the state tree and yields an inedible nut. However, a delicious candy is made locally of peanut butter and chocolate. Let me know if you need a recipe.

          Things you can serve at room temp - 7 layer Mex dip with tacos, hye rollers (rolled pitas cut in circular slices stuffed with all sorts of goodies), hummus in various flavors with pita chips, candied salami on mini rye or pumpernickel, deviled eggs (don't knock them, they will be gone in 10 seconds), mini blintz appetizers, small Swedish meatballs. Let me know if anything appeals and you need recipes. GO BUCKS!

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          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            Of course it is the Buckeyes game, but I am supposed to bring an appetizer. I am hoping there will be Buckeyes to eat, though. I like the Buffalo dip ideas. I was having a complete mental block on that dip. Thanks for the other ideas, too, Diane! I've never heard of hye rollers. Those sound good, too.

            1. re: Diane in Bexley

              Diane, would you please post your Buckeye recipe? I was at an event (here in NY) recently and someone made them. I swear they were the most delicious things that I have tasted in a while (and my husband and daughter will agree to that too!). I searched around and found several recipe variations on line, but I wasn't sure which one to try. So a tried and true recipe would be great!

              1. re: valerie

                Buckeye Recipe:

                1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
                16 oz confectioner's sugar
                1 cup smooth peanut butter
                1 tsp vanilla

                Mix all 4 ingredients and refrigerate for 2 hours. Form into small balls, a well rounded tablespoon. Refrigerate another 2 hours.

                Chocolate Coating:
                12 oz semi sweet choc chips
                1/4 cake paraffin (wax,)

                Melt choc and wax over hot, not boiling water and mix well. Using toothpick, spear each ball and dip 3/4 of the way into chocolate mixture. Leave a spot uncovered so it resembles a buckeye. Place on waxed paper or parchment paper to cool and harden.

                Hye Rollers

                Pita bread, use any flavor you like, regular or whole wheat
                cream cheese at room temp to seal
                any combo of toppings: lettuce, tomato, chopped olives, lunchmeat, grated cheese, finely diced onions, finely diced avocado

                Put thin layer of cream cheese on pita bread. Arranged desired topping, pressing on edges to seal well as you roll up. You can also use toothpicks. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours so the filling won't ooze out. Just before serving, slice into pinwheels and arrange on plate.

            2. Buckeye Recipe:

              1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
              16 oz confectioner's sugar
              1 cup smooth peanut butter
              1 tsp vanilla

              Mix all 4 ingredients and refrigerate for 2 hours. Form into small balls, a well rounded tablespoon. Refrigerate another 2 hours.

              Chocolate Coating:
              12 oz semi sweet choc chips
              1/4 cake paraffin (wax,)

              Melt choc and wax over hot, not boiling water and mix well. Using toothpick, spear each ball and dip 3/4 of the way into chocolate mixture. Leave a spot uncovered so it resembles a buckeye. Place on waxed paper or parchment paper to cool and harden.

              Hye Rollers

              Pita bread, use any flavor you like, regular or whole wheat
              cream cheese at room temp to seal
              any combo of toppings: lettuce, tomato, chopped olives, lunchmeat, grated cheese, finely diced onions, finely diced avocado

              Put thin layer of cream cheese on pita bread. Arranged desired topping, pressing on edges to seal well as you roll up. You can also use toothpicks. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours so the filling won't ooze out. Just before serving, slice into pinwheels and arrange on plate.