Best TV Watching Appetizers

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 deterants for my kids.  Served hot with colorful tortilla chips, it’s fab!

Homemade Hummus


We’re a blue corn loving, chip-eating family.  There’s rarely a time when there isn’t a bag of chips open and some sort of dip on the table while we’re watching a show on the television.  Last year I decided to make some hummus at home instead of buying our favorite store-bought variety (Sabra).  It was amazing and quite simple to make.  Check it out here:

 Hope you enjoy your new “apps”…..Happy New Year….

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