A Procrastinator's Guide: 5 Last-Minute Game-Day Bites

Instead of fumbling an opportunity to eat guacamole and drink beer on a Sunday night, throw together a last-minute viewing party spread with a little football-inspired rushing.
Triple Pork Sliders

Many of us have been amped up for Sunday's game since the day football season began. But if you don't eat, breathe and play football, chances are the big game snuck up on you. Have no fear! Instead of fumbling an opportunity to eat guacamole and drink beer on a Sunday night, throw together a last-minute viewing party spread with a little football-inspired rushing. This lineup of big-game bites may look sprawling, but each recipe can hit the coffee table in under 30 minutes.

The Neelys'  Triple Pork Sliders have the look of big effort in a small package, but they can actually be ready in a little over 20 minutes with the help of your grill pan. With a meaty mix of ground pork, chorizo and applewood smoked bacon, these sliders pack huge flavor in each mini patty. Slather each little bun with an easy-to-make smoked paprika mayo, and consider part one of your big-game spread complete.

Super Nachos

Super Nachos: Rachael Ray

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Gathering around the television for the big game without a football field's worth of cheesy, crunchy nachos would be more sacrilegious than fast-forwarding past the commercials. Rachael Ray's Super Nachos do it right, loading up crispy corn tortilla chips with spicy beef and beans, pepper Jack cheese sauce, homemade pico de gallo and all the non-negotiable toppings, including sour cream, avocado and olives. It might sound like a lot of ingredients, but Rachael's big-game staple comes together in a half-hour flat.

Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole

Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole

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Finger foods shouldn't be fussy, and Rachael's  Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole are anything but. These quick and easy surf-and-turf toasty triangles are amplified with melted pepper Jack cheese, and they are best taken with a liberal amount of smoky guacamole made with chipotles in adobo sauce.

Pizza Ball

Instead of copping out and ordering pizza delivery on game day, make a  Big-Game Pizza Ball that takes only 15 minutes from start to finish. Think of this pepperoni-clad cheese ball as a more elegant way to get your pizza fix as you yell at the screen, and don't forget to dunk each dip into the pool of marinara sauce.

Guacamole

Guacamole notoriously takes little time to mash, spice and disappear, and that's why Tyler Florence's Guacamole is the MVP in your big-game spread. Do like Tyler and spice chunky mashed avocado with serrano chiles, lime juice and fresh cilantro.

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