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Game day duo is sure to score with Super Bowl fans

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Even if your team isn’t playing in the Super Bowl, you still can come out a winner with a tasty viewing party recipe. Plan your menu ahead of time so you can be confident you’ll score big with a spread that leaves guests cheering long after the game has ended.

These tips will help you get started with a lineup that gets your guests’ taste buds running into overtime:

  • Chips and dips are tailgating staples, but even they can stand a fresh twist of flavor. If you’re seeking inspiration, dressing maker Hidden Valley offers its Dip Genius online tool to help you find the dip recipe you’ll need. Dip Genius makes picking the recipe easy, allowing you to find one based on your occasion, mood and flavor.
  • Anticipate all styles of snacking. Finger foods are ideal for grazing between plays and during commercials. Plan on serving more substantial entree-style dishes during halftime, including sliders, barbecued brisket, pulled pork, soup and chili. All are crowd-pleasers perfect for game day.
  • When it comes to dessert, fuss-free is the way to go. An array of cookies, brownies and dessert bars will satisfy the sweet tooth. Take your dessert table to the next level by icing your treats in team colors.

Find more recipes, go to hiddenvalley.com.

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APPETIZER

Baked Spinach And Chicken Dip

8-ounce package cream cheese, cubed

1 cup ranch dressing

10-ounce package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In microwave-safe medium bowl, add cream cheese and dressing. Microwave on high 30 seconds, or until cream cheese is soft. Stir to combine. Add spinach and Parmesan cheese. Mix well. Add chicken and stir to combine. (See cook’s note.)

Transfer mixture to baking dish that holds at least 6 cups. Bake 20 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees.

Serve with crackers, bread or veggie sticks.

Variations: For a spicier taste, substitute Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Southwest Chipotle Dressing for the ranch dressing and add diced pickled jalapenos. For fewer calories, use a low-calorie ranch dressing instead of the regular ranch.

Cook’s note: To make ahead, prepare unbaked dip up to 3 days ahead; store covered and refrigerated. Bake prior to serving.

Yields 12 servings.

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APPETIZER

Ranch Buffalo Wings

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/4 cup cayenne pepper sauce

3 tablespoons vinegar

24 chicken wings or drumettes

1-ounce packet Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 cup prepared Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In small bowl, whisk together butter, pepper sauce and vinegar.

Dip wings or drumettes in butter mixture; arrange in single layer in large baking pan. Sprinkle with dressing and seasoning mix.

Bake until chicken is browned and has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 30-40 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika.

Serve with dressing and celery sticks.

Yields 6 servings.