Appetizers to Enhance Your TV Viewing

With many highly-anticipated television events on the horizon in the new year,  tasty finger food recipes are a necessity.  From the Superbowl to the Grammy’s to the Academy Awards, chances are you’ll be hosting or attending a tv viewing party.

Whether an informal sports gathering  or a fancy dinner party, these appetizers are reliable crowd pleasers!  Enjoy…

Judy’s Baked Brie:

A deliciously warm and sweet appetizer to compliment any party.  No one expects the “kick” provided by the honey mustard and ginger snap combination.  Mom made this all the time and graduated from using little wheels of brie to one large wheel since it’s gobbled up so quickly.  You can also top the brie with anything from brown sugar to raspberry jam. This is served alone in little triangular pieces.

click here for brie recipe

Seven-Layer Dip:


Offer a big bag of tortilla chips to help scoop up all seven amazing layers of this dip.  There’s no heating or reheating involved, just add the layers and serve immediately.

click here for seven-layer dip recipe

Hot Crab Dip:

A must for all crab lovers! This dish tastes best if you splurge for the  lump crab meat versus imitation, pasteurized meat.   It’s best served very hot (until it’s literally bubbling in the oven) with crostini rounds and lots of Old Bay spice sprinkled on top. Bet you just can’t have one.

 click here for hot crab recipe

Broccoli Cheese Dip:

I made this dip the first time this weekend.  My family loves Mom’s broccoli casseroles so I figured this would be another hit. It’s brilliantly cheesy with just a mild hint of broccoli.  I served the dip with pieces of sliced fresh Italian bread and flatbread.


Spinach Artichoke Dip:

I made this dip for the first time this weekend.  I was surprised it was voted second best behind the crab dip.  Apparently its muddled green color and the fact that it contains two vegetables were not deterrants for my kids.  Served hot with colorful tortilla chips, it’s fab!


What are your favorite tv appetizers (besides pigs n blankets and quacamole)?


  1. Professionally speaking, not a TV/food type of person but this brie looks great. I make sweet potato hummus, never met a cheese plate I didn’t like and love raw bar of any type.

  2. Yum – all of these look great. I am going to watch tv just so I can eat them! Spinach and artichoke dip is my favorite!

  3. Mmm! Love all these apps! We do fun apps for dinner a few times a year and it’s so much fun to pig out! (Super Bowl, NYE, etc)

  4. These all look delicious! Makes me want to host a party just to serve them all at once!

  5. yum, all those dips! they are my weakness.

  6. These recipes look delicious! I would love for you to share this at my I ♥ Fridays Link Party @ 🙂

  7. I am drooling. I often have an appetizer as dinner. I would love for you to share at Bacon Time’s Anything Goes Linky Fri-Monday.

  8. These dishes just look delicious. Thank you for sharing them. The pictures are fantastic looking as well. Will come back.

  9. We haven’t any TV parties planned but I so want to try these dips, perhaps I’ll host a party just for the two of us!

  10. oh so yummy as I sit here eating cream cheese and crackers going to try to make a few of these for sure come see me at

  11. Dips are a real weakness of mine. Especially those which involve cheese. So, like, 90-95% of all dips are my weakness. 😉 Thanks for sharing all of these scrumptious looking recipes!


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