They are as American as apple pie, bowl games and appetizers! That is what everyone loves! Therefore, whether you are having friends over for the game or it is just the family, try the five easy appetizers below. They are tasty and budget friendly!
-Sausage Balls (makes 60 or more)
10 oz. Extra Sharp Cracker Barrel Cheese or Velveeta Cheese
1 lb- hot or mild ground sausage
2 cups Bisquick
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grate cheese. Put cheese, Bisquick, and sausage into a microwavable bowl. Place bowl into the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes to make it easier to mix the ingredients! With clean hands mix well, and roll into balls. Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until golden. If you desire, prepare these several days ahead and freeze until ready to bake!
3 cups nuts (I use pecans.)
1 tsp. cinnamon
5 T. water
1 T. vanilla
Mix sugar, water, and cinnamon in a large, thick frying pan. Bring to a boil and simmer until mixture spins a thread. Pour nuts in and stir until all are coated. Pour on wax paper to cool. Store the coated nuts in an airtight container.
1 pkg. Good Seasons Italian dressing
1-cup sour cream
1 -cup Miracle Whip
Mix together dressing, sour cream, and Miracle Whip. Chill dip for 1 hour. Serve with a tray of cut vegetables.
-Olive Cheese Balls
2 jars stuffed Spanish olives
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. paprika
2 cups grated sharp cheese
1 stick butter
Drain olives well on paper towel. Blend butter and cheese with paprika and salt. Add flour. Mix well. Wrap about one teaspoon of dough around each olive. Place on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate at least 4 to 5 hours or overnight before baking. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Substitute hot dog cubes for the olives if you wish!
2 bags small shrimp
4 to 6 fresh tomatoes, diced
1 large red onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
Tabasco sauce or Jalapeno to taste
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 T. olive oil
1 T. malt vinegar
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate. Serve with nacho chips.
I have tried all of these appetizers over the years and they are yummy! They are all from a 1999 cookbook from Holly Springs Baptist Church in S.C. This is one of my favorite cookbooks and I use it repeatedly! Enjoy your bowl games, snacks, friends and family!