Shortcut Party Ideas for Game Day
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Frozen Phyllo Cups
Fill these handy shells with mac and cheese, pulled pork or black bean salsa, and forget the forks.
For a fresh take on calzones, wrap up cold cuts like salami, prosciutto and mortadella plus provolone in these rolls (and toss in some spicy peppers if you're in the mood). Bake and serve with a side of Italian dressing or marinara for dipping.
Boxed Cornbread Mix
Add your stamp to this chili counterpart by folding savory ingredients into the batter. Try jalapenos and cheddar, bacon and blue cheese, or ham and scallions.
Get the Recipe: Sour Cream Cornbread
For a play on wings, shred a rotisserie chicken, toss the meat with wing sauce and make Buffalo chicken quesadillas. Serve blue cheese dressing in place of salsa for dipping.
Frozen French Fries
Bake these spuds until extra crispy, then dress them up with your favorite toppings — think Tex-Mex (refried beans, jalapenos, salsa), Cajun (green pepper, andouille, cheddar) or pizza (marinara, mozzarella, basil).
Who doesn't love meatballs? Tuck them into miniature buns for sliders, fold them into pizza dough for calzones, add them to a hearty veggie soup or serve them with toothpicks and a couple of dipping sauces (the cheesier the better).
Frozen Potato Tots
Instead of fries, use these crunchy bites for a new twist on poutine.
Toss chicken wings in pesto for an Italian-inspired variation on the game-day standard.
Update deviled eggs by mashing store-bought condiments into the filling. Try guacamole, curry, wasabi paste, a creamy garlic cheese spread or harissa.
Dip cookies in melted chocolate and decorate them with sprinkles in your team’s colors.