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Fast, Easy TV Football Snacks: Champion Chipped Beef Dip Recipe

A Real TV Football Game Day Winner

By Damien Andrews

The big football game is starting in two hours and you have nothing to serve the gang of guys who'll be watching it in your front room or den. What do you do? You have no choice; food and football are best friends and refuse to be divided. So give in and get to the grocery store with a short shopping list and purchase what you need to feed the TV football game sideline crew. Plan to make at least three different snacks, so even the pickiest of eaters has something to keep his mouth full while his eyes are on the game. It's not too late to prepare, you still have time to make at least a couple of fast and easy TV football game day snacks.

What you will need:

2 2-½ ounce jars dried beef, chopped finely
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
8 ounces sour cream
1-2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1-2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
3 tablespoons horseradish
½ cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, except the pecans. If you have a stand mixer, use that to thoroughly mix all ingredients together. If you don't have a mixer, just use a wooden spoon and mix the dip thoroughly by hand. Place the mixture in a baking dish: make sure to spread it out evenly in the bottom of the dish. Now sprinkle the pecans on top of the dip. Cover the baking dish and put into a preheated 350°F oven. Bake for about 20 minutes and then cool for about 30 minutes. Serve this dip warm with an assortment of crackers – my favorite with this dip is Triscuits. This recipe for chipped beef dip makes enough to serve 8 medium sized TV football fans, or 6 linebacker sized fans.

Serve chipped beef dip with tea or soda pop. Or, if you want to take your TV football game day party up a notch, serve with ice cold beer, or a nice glass of red wine. The best crackers to serve with the chipped beef dip are Triscuits, Ritz or Townhouse brand crackers. They give the dip a nice sweet finish. You could easily serve another snack-sized appetizer along side the chipped beef dip. Something like a plate of hot cheesy, gooey nachos, or marinated skewers of teriyaki steak bites. Or for bigger appetites, bust out the BBQ and get some burgers going before half-time starts. That way everyone can have a burger before the final half of the football game begins.


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