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Puppy Bowl Party!

Put on your game face and plan the perfect Puppy Bowl party this year.

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Get your kids as psyched for the year’s biggest game day as dad is! Whether your little ones want to watch the 2013 Puppy Bowl on Discovery’s Animal Planet or are prepping their banners for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, planning your celebration starts with delicious food.

Fun eats for the kids means lots of fabulous finger food. From nachos to dips, there’s nothing better than having easy bites to munch while cheering on your favorite teams—or pups. And better yet, you don’t have to cut up anything for the kids. Score!

Game Day Goodies

What’s the perfect thing to serve at your party? That really depends on your family. If your kids love spicy foods, go for nachos piled high with jalapenos and spicy dips. But if your kids are more like mine, milder bites like Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins and Teriyaki Wings are on the menu. Be sure to consider what dishes can be prepped or cooked ahead of time (for instance, Teriyaki Wings and Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins can be made in advance and reheated, and Pepperoni Pizza Dip can be prepped ahead of time and cooked at the last minute). Whatever can be done early will make getting ready on game day that much easier, leaving you with more time to watch the game with your guests.

Nachos Your Way

Serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

4 cups tortilla chips
1 cup toppings*
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salsa, guacamole and sour cream (optional)

*Use your favorite nacho toppings, such as chili, refried beans, black beans, steak, shredded chicken, taco meat, bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, baby spinach, onions, sliced black olives or avocado.

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Arrange the tortilla chips on an oven-safe platter. Spread the toppings over the chips, and then sprinkle on the cheese.
3. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins

Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

4 large Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked and
Sour cream (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prick the potatoes with the tines of a fork 2-3 times each. Bake directly on the oven rack for 1 hour, or until soft. Remove from the oven and let cool until they can be handled.
2. Slice the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides, leaving about ¼-inch of potato and peel (set potato insides aside for another use). Slice each potato half into quarters.
3. Arrange the potato pieces on a baking sheet and top with bacon and cheddar. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.
4. Serve with sour cream for dipping, if desired.

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup marinara sauce
½ cup finely chopped pepperoni
1 cup mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Spread ricotta in a single layer in an oven-safe bowl. Top with marinara, chopped pepperoni and mozzarella.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
4. Serve straight from the oven with dippers such as bell pepper slices, baked potato wedges, hot soft pretzel bites or soft breadsticks.

Written and photographed by Sarah W. Caron, sarahscucinabella.com

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