The only thing better than watching the big game is the spread that comes along with it.  These treats are sure to make game day a special event at your home! I know they do at mine.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This tangy, creamy dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings. It's best served hot with crackers, pretzel rods, and celery sticks.

Ingredients:

2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken

2 (8 ounce0 packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup Ranch dressing

¾ cup pepper sauce 9such as Frank’s Red Hot®

1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4” pieces

1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers or bag of pretzel rods.

Directions:

1) Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

Kickin’ Jamaican Wings

If you like spicy, you will love these.  Definitely a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning blend

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (1 inch) piece of peeled fresh ginger, diced

1 bunch green onions, chopped

12 slices pickled jalapeño peppers

4 pounds chicken wings

Directions:

1) Place the jerk seasoning, oil, garlic, ginger, green onions, and jalapeno slices in a blender, and blend until thick and smooth. Dunk wings in the mixture, and arrange in single layer on baking sheets. Spread remaining mixture evenly over wings. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight.

2) Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

3) Bake wings 2 hours in the preheated oven.

BBQ Pork Sliders

Pork roast slow cooked in a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce makes for a crowd-pleasing platter of pulled pork sliders.

Ingredients:

1 pound pork shoulder or butt roast

½ cup barbecue sauce

¼ cup water

2 teaspoons honey

2 teaspoons fresh grated orange peel

½ bay leaf, whole

¼ teaspoon thyme

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/8 teaspoon fine black pepper

8 slider sized dinner rolls

Optional toppings: mustard, onions, coleslaw

Directions:

1) Cut roast into 3 to 4 pieces.  Place pork in a greased or lined slow cooker.  Combine remaining ingredients and pour over pork.

2) Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 7 hours until pork is very tender.  Shred with 2 forks.  Serve on rolls with your favorite toppings.

Dessert Nachos

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 (8 inch) flour tortillas

½ cup butter, melted

½ cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

½ cup chocolate chips, melted

½ cup caramel dip

 

Optional toppings: Sweetened, flaked coconut; miniature marshmallows; whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

2) Mix sugar, cocoa powder, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

3) Coat both sides of flour tortillas with melted butter; cut tortillas into sixths.  Coat one side of the tortillas with the sugar mixture.  Arrange tortilla pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.

4) Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and crispy, 12 to 16 minutes.

5) While the tortillas are in the oven, combine peanut butter and confectioners sugar in a microwave-safe bowl.  Heat the mixture until the peanut butter melts, about 1 minute.

6) Arrange baked tortilla pieces on a serving platter; drizzle with peanut butter mixture, melted chocolate chips, caramel dip, and additional optional toppings.  If using miniature marshmallows, place under preheated broiler until the marshmallows begin to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

7) Serve hot.

All recipes can be found on allrecipes.com

These treats are delicious whether you’re a football fanatic like me or a fancy foodie!  Believe me, even the pickiest of eaters at my house love these special treats. And I know you will too!  So enjoy and let’s get ready for game time! Hut hut!