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Reinvent your game day apps


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

By: Kaila Narum, Purveyor of Awesomeness at Man Cave

This year you can put away the meat and cheese tray, and surprise your guests with flavorful, reinvented appetizers that will blow them away.



These recipes are updated classics that pack a punch of flavor and leave your guests begging for the recipes. Creating these easy, yet different appetizers is the perfect way to switch up any appetizer menu.

A winter comfort
The old = Jalapeño Poppers
The new = Jalapeño popper mini grilled cheese
Grilled cheese is the perfect winter comfort food and this mini version is perfect for any party.

Ingredients

  • 16 jalapeño peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 16 slices of country style bread
  • 16 tablespoons cream cheese, room temp
  • 4 cups jack and cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 tablespoons tortilla chips, crushed

Directions
Preheat oven to 500 F (or broil setting) and place peppers on a baking sheet facing down. Bake on the top shelf until outer layer of peppers has blackened (8-14 minutes). Dice peppers. Place peppers in a zip lock bag, seal and let cool. Remove skins from peppers - they should easily peel away.

Butter outside of each slice of bread. Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese on inside of half of each slice. Layer 1/8 cup of cheese on cream cheese on 8 slices of bread, then top with chopped jalapeños, tortilla chips and another 1/8 cup cheese. Top with other slices of bread. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, then add sandwiches and grill until golden brown and cheese has melted. Remove sandwiches from pan and slice each diagonally into four pieces.



An adult-friendly kid food
The old = Pigs in a Blanket
The new = Grown Up Hogs in a Blanket
These kid favorites now have a grown up twist.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) Man Cave bacon cheeseburger mini brats
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed and rolled out
  • 1 egg

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 F. Add small layer of water to a frying pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add mini brats to pan and cook on all sides until cooked thoroughly (160 d F internal temp).

Cut puff pastry sheets to fit mini brats. Roll each mini brat in puff pastry and place on a greased baking sheet. Beat egg in a small dish and brush over pastry. Bake until pastry is golden brown and puffed, about 20 minutes.


A new favorite dip
The old = Pickle Roll Ups
The new = Ham and Pickle Cheese Spread
Replace the corned beef with a cooked ham for a new dip option.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (12 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped, thinly-sliced dried beef or cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 13-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Chopped dill pickles (optional)
  • Zwieback and/or rye crackers

Directions
In a large bowl, stir together Monterey Jack cheese, mayonnaise, dried beef, 1/2 cup dill pickles, cream cheese, and garlic powder. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and chill for 4 - 24 hours. If desired, garnish with additional dill pickle. Serve as a spread with zwieback and/or crackers.

Tags: appetizersthe big game

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