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February 3, 2010
Spice up your Super Bowl with Shop Cheap recipes

With the Super Bowl on Sunday, recipe researcher Sheila Kern punted this week and went the all-appetizer route. Lots of the ingredients are on sale - and you don't have to be hosting a Super Bowl party to enjoy these tasty snacks. Enjoy!

Here's where you will find the items on sale:

Avocados are everywhere. You just need to decide how much you want to spend. 33-cents each at Save Mart; 50-cents each at Safeway and 60-cents each at Raley's.

Tortillas, smoked sausage, boneless chicken and Jimmy Dean sausage are on sale at Safeway.

Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies, whole chicken and Nabisco snack crackers are on sale at Save Mart.

Idaho potatoes and Nabisco snack crackers are on sale at Raley's.


Tortilla Roll Ups



1 (8 oz.) sour cream

1 (8 oz.) cream cheese

1 (2 or 3 oz.) can chopped black olives

1 (2 or 3 oz. can chopped green chilies

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

1 pkg. Original Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

1 (8 oz.) pkg. tortillas

Salsa for dipping


Mix cream cheese, sour cream and Hidden Valley dressing until smooth. Add black olives, green chilies and Cheddar cheese. Spread a thin layer onto tortillas and roll up. Refrigerate and cut into slices. Dip into salsa.

Daisy Brand Potato Skins



6 small baking potatoes

2 T. butter, melted

2 t. grill steak seasoning or seasoned salt

3 T. grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

4 strips bacon, cooked, crumbled

3/4 cup Daisy Brand Sour Cream

2 t. snipped fresh chives


Lightly grease outside of potatoes, cut small slit in top and bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or until soft. Let stand until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out cooked potato, leaving a very thin layer of potato interior. (Save cooked potato for mashed potatoes or hashed browns). Brush outside and inside of skins with melted butter. Sprinkle inside with steak seasoning and parmesan cheese. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes or until crisp and bubbly. Fill with cheddar cheese and bacon. Bake 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top each with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with chives.

Spicy Chicken Quesadillas


Makes 12 (2-wedge) servings


2 cups chopped cooked chicken

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup chopped tomato

2 green onions, finely chopped (optional)

1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Chili Powder or 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Chili Powder, Hot Mexican-Style

1 teaspoon McCormick Cumin, Ground

1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Salt

1/2 teaspoon McCormick Oregano Leaves

8 flour tortillas (8-inch)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix chicken, cheese, tomato, green onions, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt and oregano.

Place 4 of the tortillas on ungreased baking sheet. Spread 1/4 of the chicken mixture evenly on each tortilla. Top with remaining tortillas. Lightly brush with oil.

Bake 5 to 10 minutes or just until cheese is melted. Cut into 3-inch wedges. Serve warm.

Crock Pot Lit'l Smokies


Yield: 18 appetizer servings (5 links each)


2 pkgs. Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies Smoked Sausage

2 bottles (12 ounces each) regular or non-alcoholic beer

1 cup (packed) light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


Open packages of Lit'l Smokies and drain off any liquid.

Combine beer, sugar and pepper in 3-quart slow cooker. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add sausage.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours.

Tailgater's Cheese Spread


Makes 3 1/2 cups


1 cup Best Foods Real Mayonnaise

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 8 oz.)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper sauce

1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts


In large bowl, with electric mixer, beat mayonnaise, cheeses and cayenne pepper sauce on medium speed until smooth. In plastic-wrap-lined 1-quart bowl, spread cheese mixture; chill 4 hours or until firm.

On serving plate, invert cheese mixture, then form into football shape; press on walnuts to coat. Serve, if desired, with crackers.

Easy Sausage Cheese Balls


Yield 3 dozen


1 pound sausage

4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

3 cups baking mix


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, combine the sausage, cheese, and dry baking mix. Mix together, and shape mixture into walnut-sized balls. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Avocado-Corn Salsa



1 medium avocado, diced

3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/2 cup quartered grape tomatoes

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

2 teaspoons lime juice

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Toss avocado, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a medium bowl

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About Shop Cheap

Pam Dinsmore is The Bee's Community Affairs Director. When she's not working, she's shopping. The goal of this blog is to help you save time and money at the grocery store. She's pretty good at it but she can't do it alone. That's where you come in, sharing your tips and secret methods for saving money. You can either respond to the blog or email her at

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