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11 Last-Minute Game-Day Bites

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 1:25 PM, January 21, 2015

Rachael Ray Show

Aired January 30, 2015

Are you throwing a last minute football party? No worries, we've got your back. Try our 11 Last Minute Game-Day Bites that'll keep your crowd full from kick-off to the last play. Now breathe and read!

1.) Fried Ravioli

If you’re having a big crowd over for the big game, you’ll want to make these simple Fried Raviolis in five minutes or less. Skewer each ravioli for easy eating and dunking into Basil Almond Pesto or our Spicy Tomato sauce. Enjoy!

2.) Rojo Onion Rings

Who doesn’t love crispy fried onion rings? Slice ‘em up, slather ‘em up, and fry them! You just won the award for Best Host at a Football Party. Congrats.

3.) Lemon Shrimp

The bland, supermarket shrimp cocktail ring is getting a makeover. Tangy, lemon zest and sherry vinegar are added to buttery olives and fresh onions to create a powerful marinade for your cooked shrimp. Scoop the mixture into large bowl for your friends and family to share.

4.) Beer Battered Italian Asparagus with Dip

Do you have an extra beer laying around? Well, if not hide one and make this! Freshly cut asparagus is beer battered and fried until crispy golden brown. Serve with a creamy mayo dip mixed with lemon juice, onion pulp, Italian seasoning and kosher salt. Unbelievably delish!

5.) Buffalo Chicken in a Pocket

Spicy, diced chicken is smothered in cream cheese, hot sauce, chopped onion, carrots celery and creamy blue cheese. Take the mixture and stuff it into hot dough. Top with a few extra spices and bake in the oven until golden brown

6.) Goat Cheese and Honey Crostini

If you want a little twist on the traditional, game day grub try Martina McBride’s Goat Cheese and Honey Crostini. Crunchy, sliced bread is topped with creamy goat cheese, rosemary, thyme, walnuts and drizzled with honey for a sweet kick. This is a simple, yet delicious appetizer for any party.

7.) Tex-Mex Tots

We're headed South of the Border with these spicy tots! Crispy fried tots are tossed in chili powder, cumin, chipotle powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Top them with pulled pork and dollup with nacho cheese.

8.) Meatballs in Marinara

 We love these tasty, savory meatballs in homemade, fresh tomato marinara. Make them into sliders and serve with melted provelone or mozzerella cheese. 

9.) Maple Bacon Popcorn

It’s like a breakfast explosion in your mouth! What could possibly be better than savory and salty, crispy bacon tossed in popcorn? Add a drizzle of maple sugar for a hint of sweetness. Try sharing this during halftime. We bet you can’t!

10.) Smoked Paprika Almonds

This quick snack is so simple to make, you probably even have the ingredients in your cabinet. Toss two cups of almonds in olive oil, light brown sugar, Spanish paprika, kosher salt and pepper. Serve in a bowl and pass around to your guests. They'll love snacking on these almonds while drinking an ice-cold beer. High five!

11.) Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Bites

 We kid you not. Ground fennel sausage, fresh broccoli rabe, garlic, ricotta and aged provolone are stuffed into buttery french bread. Cut them up into bite sizes pieces and you've just want the game!