Football season and family holidays calls for lots of good food to feed the people who visit your home. Don’t spend a fortune buying the traditional take-out pizza. Use the money to wow company with some delicious finger food to munch on during that football game, family conversation, or that one movie everyone has been dying to watch. Here are 3 finger foods that are sure to please, especially during cold or rainy weather:
Dorito Casserole Squares. Brown about 2 pounds of ground chuck beef. Drain and add a bit of oil. Brown the meat together with 1 chopped, yellow onion and 1 can of green chiles. Make sure the onion pieces are clear and the meat is dry. Place aside. Stir together 1 can Pet Milk, 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup, 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup, 1 small Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce, and 1 pound of Velveeta Cheese. Cook over a low-to-medium heat until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
Stir often to avoid burning. (Placing a simmer ring under the pan can help avoid burning the cheese.) Remove the hot mixture from the burner, stir in the meat mixture, and 1 pack of crushed Doritos (Plain, Nacho Cheese, or Taco). Stir mixture together well and pour into a slightly-greased casserole dish or cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Remove casserole from oven and let cool. Cut the casserole into bite-size squares and place them in miniature cupcake liners or simply line them up on a serving tray.
Bite-size Pigs in Blankets. Open a package of cocktail sausages and drain. Unroll a package of crescent roll dough. Cut or pinch off a small piece of dough and wrap the dough around a piece of cocktail sausage one and one-half times, mashing the dough together to keep seal the wrap. Continue this process until all the cocktails sausages are wrapped.
Next, dip each wrapped sausage in a bit of olive oil, place on a cookie sheet, and bake as directed on the crescent roll instructions. (Placing the wrapped sausages on the cookie sheet and brushing olive oil across them works, also.) Remove the pigs in blankets from the oven when done, let cool, shove them off onto a large serving tray, and watch your hungry visitors start grabbing.
Easy Hot Wings or Hot Chicken Bites. Deep fry a large or small batch of wings until done (but don’t overcook). Shake on some favorite hot sauce (such as Trappey’s Hot Sauce) while the wings are still hot. The heat will help the hot sauce settle into the meat and dry. Follow the same procedure for breaded, deep-fried chicken bites. Caution: Have lots of napkins and drinks on hand for this tasty snack.