You don’t always get to make it to the big game.

While that’s disappointing, sometimes sitting at home and watching multiple games on the big screen is the next best thing to being there. But, it’s likely, you still want to eat well and share the experience. So the next time you are planning a tailgate party at home for family and friends, here are some terrific recipes your friends are sure to love.

What better way to celebrate tossing around the old ‘pigskin’ than to have a pork-themed menu that starts with the main course and goes right to the yummy, gooey dessert? Yes, that is correct – dessert. It can be done, and you will score a touchdown with everyone on your team.

Kick everything off with a big bowl of this easy to make soup that will have everyone thinking you have put in overtime in the kitchen.

Hearty Ham and Bean Soup

4 cans Luck’s Northern Beans

2 cans Chicken Broth (plain)

1 4-5 oz. piece of pre-cooked ham (shredded)

1 Large Onion (chopped)

1 cup water

1 tbsp. Ground Cumin

Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine ingredients into large soup pot and let simmer on low heat until onions are tender. Add additional water as needed. Serve hot with crackers or your favorite bread. Cook time: approx. 1 hour

Nothing in the world tastes like this scrumptious, cheesy dip. Nothing. Besides being easy to make, it also heats up the next day faster than an Alabama/Auburn game.

Spicy Sausage and Cheese Dip

1 lb. hot or medium sausage

1 can Rotel Tomatoes (original flavor)

1 block Velveeta Cheese (cut into thick slices for easier melting)

1 cup whole milk

Brown sausage separately and drain grease. Place Velveeta cheese and milk in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly to avoid scorching. When cheese is melted, add Rotel tomatoes (with juice) and stir in sausage. Serve hot with tortilla chips or Fritos’ Brand Scoops. Cook time: approx. 20 minutes

Kids are not the only ones who cheer for these pop-able little snacks. But do not keep them on the sidelines, these are so easy to make, the little ones will have a ball helping out in the kitchen.

Pigs in a Blanket

2 cans 10-piece instant biscuits

1 package Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

Non-stick cooking spray

Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Cut wieners into halves, making 20 pieces. Flatten biscuits, one at a time, and wrap one around each weinger piece. Squeeze dough together until it holds firmly. Lay each piece onto the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees in conventional oven until biscuits are golden brown. Can be served hot or room temperature.

This dip is so easy to make and tastes so delicious, that everyone will be asking for your recipe.

Easy Bacon and Ranch Sour Cream Dip

1 24 oz. container Sour Cream

2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix

1 tbsp. Bacon Bits

Thoroughly combine sour cream and Ranch Dip Mix into medium-sized bowl. Slowly stir in shredded cheese making sure to coat well. Add bacon bits and refrigerate for one hour. Serve with your favorite chips. Tip: the dip is thick and heavy, so tortilla chips are recommended.

For the final score, tempt your team with these delicious, gooey brownies with a little surprise inside. Bacon, bacon and more bacon!

Bacon Marshmallow Brownies

8 strips crispy bacon

1 package Hershey’s Turtle Brownie Mix (Follow mixing instructions on box. Additional ingredients required.)

1 cup miniature marshmallows

Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat conventional oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13”x9” baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. (8” and 9” square pans will also work just fine.) Fry 4 strips bacon until crisp, drain grease and set aside. Follow instructions on Turtle mix box and pour half the batter into the baking pan. Layer with ½ the marshmallows and ½ the crumbled bacon. Add remaining batter and layer again with remaining marshmallows and bacon.

 Top off with caramel package (included in the brownie mix box) and bake according to package instructions. (Approx. 27 minutes.)

Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

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