Stuffed Takes on Classic Game-Day Favorites

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For a lot of us, Sunday’s game works as an excuse to go big on all the jalapeno poppers, nachos and Buffalo wings that can fit into four quarters. Though such bar-style favorites will never, ever get old, switch it up a little this year with bite-size snacks that pack a surprise on the inside, stuffing a whole lot of flavor in one little bite.

Food Network Kitchen's Stuffed Falafel Balls for Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Stuffed Falafel Balls for Food Network

Zesty falafel balls on their own are a touchdown, but these cheesy Stuffed Falafel Balls are like nailing that added field goal. After cutting to the chase by using store-bought falafel mix, stuff each ball with a cheesy mix of feta, roasted peppers, parsley and Parmesan. Instead of packing these stuffed falafel balls in pita, serve them with a creamy tahini sauce and savor them bite by bite.

Food Network Kitchen's Portobello Mushroom Pizza Bites for Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Portobello Mushroom Pizza Bites for Food Network

Stuffed mushrooms are a no-brainer when it comes to entertaining, but this year calls for something a little different: Portobello Mushroom Pizza Bites. Go for portobello mushrooms to make a supersized version of the party favorite, and pack them with sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and basil before slicing for huge pizza-esque flavor.

Food Network Kitchen's Cheesy Stuffed Taco Meatballs for Food Network

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Food Network Kitchen's Cheesy Stuffed Taco Meatballs for Food Network

When your fellow football fans bite into Cheesy Stuffed Taco Meatballs, they’ll be pleasantly surprised when a melted core of cheddar cheese oozes out. Adding Mexican chorizo to the meat brings a zesty taco kick, and rolling the exterior in crushed tortilla chips takes care of the non-negotiable need for a little nacho crunch on game day.

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