Game-Day Recipes for Serious Fans Only

These aren't recipes you start baking during the National Anthem, nor are they good for someone who can't frost a football brownie without Googling a picture first. They are recipes for someone who enjoys a kick of flavor along with kickoff. Read on, true pigskin fans. Culinary glory awaits.

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    Classic Soft Pretzels

    From-scratch pretzels are tastier than those sold at the game. Bonus: It's easy to nosh on these while keeping your eyes glued to the D line.

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    Fudgy Football Brownies

    These brownies are from-scratch and football-shaped. Better than a 2-point conversion.

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    Chinese Coca-Cola Wings

    All the calls are right for these wings: sweet cola, tangy soy sauce, and spicy crushed red pepper. A side of celery and carrots required, as is a hungry kickoff appetite.

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    Fried Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

    Slow-cooker smokies are like a dated mascot: Past their prime. Instead, recruit these five-ingredient fried smokies. Crisp and satisfying.

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    Beef and Bean Chili

    This one feeds a crowd. Two pounds of ground beef and three cans of kidney beans load you up on protein so there's no stomach-rumbling during the game-winning drive.

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    Hot Wing Dip

    It's like we've blended the best football flavors into one power-packed bowl. Your slow cooker does the work of keeping this veggie-ready dip warm through all four quarters.

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    Triple Pepper Nachos

    Store-bought chips? Nope. You make your own chips in this one (Hint: Cut flour tortillas). We've given a vegetarian version so you have belly room for chicken wings, but you could easily add shredded chicken or ground beef to make this a macho meal.

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    BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

    Guests can graze on these when they need a 3rd quarter pick-me-up. Boneless pork shoulder roast plus delicious spices and sweet honey stew in your slow cooker. The extra points? Deli coleslaw and dinner buns.

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    Spicy Italian Meatballs

    Once you've made your own meatballs, you won't go back to store-bought. Set out a pile of toothpicks and watch these appetizers make the day's highlight reel.

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    Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

    Welcome this classic seven-layer dip back into the lineup. Instead of plating it, fill individual plastic tumblers and top with a small flag supported by a toothpick.

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    Cinnamon Bars

    You may be able to pull off this recipe during the pregame show if your baking pantry is well-stocked. The results are a cinch to slice and share with a whole party.

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    Beef and Blue Pizza

    If there was a fantasy team for toppings, this pizza would contend. Just consider the serious flavor punch: Thinly sliced roast beef, crumbled blue cheese, skillet-cooked red onion, and a chopped sweet pepper.

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    Frosted Football Field Cake

    Your choice of cake plus some dedicated frosting work adds up to a 100-yard recreation of the game's playground. Use a pastry bag with a ridged tip to pipe green frosting as grass; use a small round tip for white lines and numbers. In the center, stage a football cut from brownies.

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