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Party Treats With a Super Bowl Focus

Unlike traditional get-togethers that center around a dining room or buffet table, Super Bowl entertaining focuses on the television. So if a party for football enthusiasts is in order this Sunday, plan to make it a casual affair featuring foods that are quick to make and easy to eat.

One such dish is this Ranch-Style Party Dip. Topped with chopped green onion and Cheddar cheese, it is a perfect party starter. Serve with pretzels or crackers.

In addition to the following recipe, here are some variations if a different taste is desired. Prepare the dip according to package directions then add one of the following combinations:

Stir in one (10-ounce) package chopped spinach, thawed and drained, along with 1/4 cup minced onion, 3/4 teaspoon dried basil and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano.

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Add 1/3 cup crispy bacon bits and dash of chili powder. Serve with wafers or Swedish toasts.

Stir in one (6 1/2-ounce) can clams, drained and chopped, along with one teaspoon lemon juice. Serve with celery sticks.

Mash one medium avocado with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and dash of hot pepper sauce and stir into dip. Serve with corn chips.

RANCH-STYLE PARTY DIP

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1 (1-ounce) package ranch-style party dip mix

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

Shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup beer

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Chopped green onion

Pretzels or crackers

Combine dip mix, cream cheese and 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese and mix well. Gradually add beer and mix until smooth. (Add more beer, if thinner consistency is desired.) Garnish with green onion and additional Cheddar cheese. Serve with pretzels or crackers. Makes 3 cups.


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