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Originally published: 2013-01-29 14:36:16
Last modified: 2013-01-29 14:36:16

Lovin’ Spoonful - Score a few points before the game

Sherrie Norris / (news@averyjournal.com)

One of the largest sporting events of the year, if not the granddaddy of them all, is just around the corner, but what would a Super Bowl party be without plenty of good, filling food?
The planning has already begun, especially, for those of us anticipating the evening in front of the big screen with family and friends.
We don’t want anyone to be left on the sidelines without a winning spread, so let’s make a few points before the game begins.

Touchdown Taco Casserole
Ingredients:
• 1 lb. lean, ground beef
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
• 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
• 1/2 cup tomato juice, beef broth, or water
• 1 Tbs. chili powder
• 1/4 tsp. oregano, crumbled
• 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, undrained
• Taco flavored tortilla chips, or your favorite flavor
• 2 cups shredded lettuce
• 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• Sour cream and/or guacamole
Preparation:
In a large frying pan over medium heat, brown the beef and onion; drain off excess fat. Add garlic, tomato sauce, tomato juice or other liquid, chili powder and oregano.
Simmer mixture for two minutes.
Layer beef mixture with beans and corn chips in a greased two-quart baking dish, ending with corn chips. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Just before serving top with a few dollops of sour cream or guacamole (or both) and sprinkle with lettuce, tomato and chopped onions.

BLT Dip
Ingredients:
• 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled or 1/2 cup bacon bits
• 1 cup mayonnaise
• 1 cup sour cream
• 1 tsp. seasoned salt
• 1 tsp. onion powder

• 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients. Chill and serve with crackers, specialty chips or beads. 


Ham and Cheddar Muffins
Ingredients:
• 1.25 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup cornmeal
• 2.5 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 3 green onions, finely sliced
• 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
• 3/4 cup diced country ham
• 1 large egg
• 1 cup milk
• 2 Tbsp. melted butter
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda, sliced onions, cheese and ham. In another bowl, whisk egg with milk and melted butter; blend mixture into the dry ingredients, mixing until all dry ingredients are moistened. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Delicious with chili, soup or alone.

Sausage Squares
Ingredients:
• 1 lb. sausage
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 cups Bisquick
• 3/4 cup milk
• 2 eggs
• 3 Tbsp. poppy seeds
• 1.5 cup sour cream
• ¾ tsp. salt
• Paprika
Preparation:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease oblong glass baking dish. Cook onion and sausage together until brown; drain, if needed.
Mix Bisquick, milk and one egg; spread into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Spread sausage mixture over dough. Beat one egg, sour cream and salt until well mixed. Spread over sausage mixture and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. For future use, prepare as directed, wrap in foil and place in freezer; reheat before serving.

Quick And Easy Chewy Bars
Ingredients:
• 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
• 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
• 3/4 cup butter, melted
Topping:
• 2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
• 1 cup firmly packaged brown sugar
• 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a nine-by-13-inch pan. For base, combine cake mix, 3/4 cup nuts and melted butter in large bowl; stir until well blended. Press mixture into bottom of pan.
For topping, combine cream cheese and brown sugar; mix well. Spread evenly over base and sprinkle with 3/4 cup nuts.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are browned and cheese topping is set. Cool completely and cut into squares. Refrigerate leftovers.