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Recipes for a Super Bowl Spread

Beer-Braised Brats

The best part of Super Bowl Sunday isn't the teams, the half-time show, or the commercials. It’s the food, of course. From dips, chilis and ribs to hot dogs, burgers and brownies, mix and match the recipes here to give your food fans something to really cheer about.

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Buffalo Chicken Strips with Blue Cheese Dip

Instead of the traditional and now rather expensive chicken wings, I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs in my version of this popular snack. It’s best to use natural, high-quality chicken. The  dip can be made up to four days ahead, but definitely start this dish at least a day ahead of time to let the chicken marinate.

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Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

This grilled chicken gets its great flavor from a brine made from lager, smoked paprika, cumin, and other spices. Cutting out the chicken's backbone (butterflying) helps it cook more quickly and evenly.

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shortbread Bars

These are a bit reminiscent of the tailgating-favorite Peanut Buckeyes, reinterpreted as a cookie: creamy peanut butter over crunchy shortbread with a bittersweet chocolate ganache topping.

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Warm Black Bean and Chipotle Dip

This make-ahead dip is perfect for a party, and the smoky beans topped with melted cheese are a surefire crowd-pleaser.

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Oven-Barbecued Memphis Ribs

Too cold to grill outside? Slow roasting in the oven yields a rib that's just as tender and succulent. Rub the ribs with a zesty spice blend, and you'll swear they came from a backyard BBQ pit.

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Potato Chip Cookies

Potato chips in a cookie? You bet. This recipe adds a new and delicious crunch to the traditional pecan sandie, resulting in a buttery cookie with a light and flaky texture.

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"Cheesehead-Style" Beer-Braised Brats

Inspired by Green Bay Packers fans, these bratwursts are simmered in beer and onions, then grilled and served with sauerkraut and mustard.

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Bacon Burgers with Bacon-Onion-Balsamic Jam

Bacon on a burger is great, but this recipe goes a step further and put the bacon in the burger. And for even MORE bacon, the burgers are topped with a savory-sweet bacon-onion jam

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Banana-Split Brownies

With a topping of marshmallows, crunchy almonds, and banana-infused ganache, these brownies are like a classic banana split, minus the ice cream.

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Everybody loves a sandwich for dinner, especially if it's one with saucy pulled pork spilling out the sides. You'll need two hands for this easy version of the classic, along with lots of napkins.

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Warm Chocolate-Stout Brownie Sundaes

Who doesn’t love a rich stout during a football game? And in a dessert, it’s even better. Stout not only gives these brownies a moist texture but also serves as the base for an unusual chocolate sauce.

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Texas Beef Chili with Poblanos & Beer

This make-ahead chili has a pleasant kick. It thickens as it sits overnight, and the flavors round out and deepen.

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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

This peanut butter cookie is head and shoulders above the others; it’s a hefty sandwich cookie with great peanut flavor in both the chocolate-flecked cream filling and the crunchy-light cookie.

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Bavarian-Style Soft Pretzels

These pretzels make a great Saturday baking project. Buy some fancy mustards for the game and let your sports fans dip at will.

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