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5 Key food plays for the ultimate game-day spread

(BPT) – The biggest game-day celebration of the year is right around the corner, and you’ve been called upon to host; are you ready? Whether you’re a veteran starter or you’re coming off the bench for your first hosting gig, throwing a great party for the big game is simple, so long as the right food (and plenty of it) is available to satisfy your guests. So read on and place each of these ideas in your starting roster for this year’s event.

1. Flavorful finger foods

Chicken wings are a no-brainer for the game-day menu. In fact, one billion chicken wings were estimated to be consumed during last year’s game. To set your party apart, upgrade those ordinary wings by coating the wings with hot salsa. Combine your chicken wings with salsa plus a hint of cumin and bake for 20 minutes at 400 Fahrenheit on each side. A better-for-you alternative to traditional wings doused in high-calorie sauces, this convenient and flavorful option will satisfy any finger food cravings. Extra napkins are recommended.

2. Don’t forget the fan-favorites

In addition to the delicious, unique and always trendy recipe creations most football fans will spend hours perfecting, you can’t bench the essential chips and dip. It’s no surprise that on Sunday, fans will consume 278 million avocados, according to the Hass Avocado Board, because there’s nothing like dipping crispy chips in a fresh bowl of homemade guacamole. Mix Rojo’s Fire Roasted salsa to spice up your traditional recipe, pair with a large bowl of tortilla chips and watch your party goers dig in.

3. DIY is your BFF

Spend less time in the kitchen prepping and opt for do-it-yourself. Place tortilla chips in a bowl alongside cheese, guacamole, salsa and beans for a nacho snack bar that allows guests to create their own plate packed with their favorite toppings. Less prep for you and custom creations for the rest – now that’s a win, win.

4. Choose quality above all else

When shopping for your game-day goodies, be mindful of the items you’re choosing. Flavor and premium quality can be one-in-the-same! For example, when it comes to salsa, skip the jarred stuff and go for something fresh, like Rojo’s restaurant-quality salsas. Unlike others, these artisanal options are made in small batches and refrigerated to maintain that homemade freshness and flavor you know and love. Go for something traditional like Fresh Cut Homestyle or surprise your guests with something new like Zesty Garlic salsa.

5. One pot wonder

There’s no better time to whip out the slow cooker than game day. Simply add your favorite ingredients to the pot and patiently wait while the crock-pot makes magic. Whether creating a creamy cheese dip or turning up the heat with a handmade chili, your guests will enjoy warm eats through the entire game.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite game-day munchies while your favorite team takes home the ring.

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