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4 Fun (and Unusual) Snacks for Football Watchers

Appetizers that take less than 10 minutes to prepare.

By Melinda Page
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  • Ancho-Cheddar Popcorn
    "Start with a freshly popped bag of plain microwave popcorn," says Linnea Johansson, author of Perfect Parties: Tips and Advice From a New York Party Planner ($20, amazon.com). "Open the bag and, shaking between additions, add 3 tablespoons melted butter, 2 teaspoons ancho or some other mild chili powder, and ½ cup finely grated Cheddar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with extra napkins."

     

  • Ginger Snaps With Gorgonzola
    A zesty, surprisingly tasty twist on cheese and crackers. The cookies are also great spread with Brie.

     

  • Dry Sausage With Whole-Grain Mustard
    Slice a link into rounds and serve it with a small bowl of the mustard for dipping.

     

  • Sourdough Pretzels With Peanut Butter
    Set out a dish of nibs, twists, or rods with a bowl of creamy peanut butter (and a knife) for spreading or dipping.
     
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