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by Kate Van Geldern

Kate is the voice behind DomestiKatedLife, a lifestyle blog, where she writes about entertaining, recipes, decorating ideas, and DIY projects. When Kate is not busy photographing her next domestic endeavor, she is working in social media and living with her husband in the city of Boston.

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  • The big game is a perfect time to get the family together, entertain, and most importantly, eat snacks. And if we're being honest,. I actually take my game-time snacks more seriously than I take the football. While I do love a big bowl of chips and salsa, I think it's nice to step outside our comfort zone and add some snacks to the mix that will elevate our party as we root on our team. Here are few ideas:
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  • 1. Puff Pastry Appetizers

    This appetizer is perfect for people that want to get creative. Just start with a few sheets of puff pastry dough and cut them out using a cookie cutter into small circles. Then fill them with whatever strikes your fancy! Some combinations that I've tried are tomato and parmesan, brie and berry jam, goat cheese and sea salt, blue cheese and honey—you can't go wrong. Then pull the sides up around the filling to make a mini tart-like shape and bake them at 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.
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  • 2. Flavored Popcorn

    Want a super inexpensive snack that will impress your guests? Air pop a big bowl of popcorn and drizzle it with honey butter (one part honey and one part butter melted together) and sprinkle with sea salt. I love this recipe because it's beyond simple, and the taste is addictive—a perfect blend of savory and sweet. 
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  • 3. Grilled Cheese Bar

    Looking for a hearty dish to serve a big crowd? Set up a grilled cheese bar in your kitchen to let guests assemble their own combinations and heat them on a panini press or in a buttered cast iron skillet. Get creative with your topping options! I've tried sharp cheddar and wild blueberry jam, goat cheese with cracked black pepper and fresh green chives, and creamy brie, drizzled with honey, and topped with sweet raisins.            
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  • 4. Krispy Football Treats

    This is my all time favorite football recipe because it's so on theme! I use the classic Rice Krispy Treat recipe but use cocoa-flavored rice cereal. Then when the mixture is cooled in a sheet pan, I use a cookie cutter to stamp out football shaped pieces and add football laces with an icing pen. They're always a hit! 
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