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Whether you're heading to the game, hosting a party or just in the mood for some fun food, you're guaranteed to score a win with these crowd-pleasing treats.

Maple Bacon Little Smokies

Ingredients:
1 pound center-cut bacon

14 ounces little smokies

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup

40 wooden picks or short skewers

Directions:
Preheat oven to 360°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil.

Cut bacon into thirds. Arrange bacon on top of the foil. Bake the bacon for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and pour off the bacon grease.

Combine little smokies with 1 cup brown sugar. Stir well and set aside and marinate for 20 minutes.

Place one Little Smokie near the end of one piece of bacon. Roll bacon around the sausage and secure it with a toothpick. Place on a broiling pan and repeat with remaining sausages.

Bake in a 425°F oven for 9 to 10 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve immediately.

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Beer, cheese & Sausage Dip

Ingredients:
19 ounces hot Italian sausage, casings removed

2 cups yellow onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup lager, Ninkasi's Helles Belles

3 cups cheddar-jack cheese blend

8 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese, softened

2 teaspoons Worcestershire

2 teaspoons Tabasco pepper sauce

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ cup green onion, sliced

12 ounces Frito Scoops corn chips

Directions:
In a large skillet, cook the onion for a few minutes until it begins to soften. Add the sausage and garlic and cook over medium heat. Break up the sausage into small pieces as it cooks.

Add the cream cheese and stir until it has melted. Add beer, shredded cheese, Worcestershire, Tabasco and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and bring it to a simmer. Pour into a 13 x 9 oven safe baking dish. Top with the sliced green onions. Bake uncovered in a 375°F oven for 15 minutes.

Recipes courtesy of Chef Becky McConnell www.chefbecky.com


 

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