There’s something about a table full of finger foods, tachos, and dips at a game-day party that makes everyone so happy. In fact, the hardest thing about the smorgasbord is pacing yourself, and of course, choosing what to serve. To help you get your head in the snacking game, we’ve compiled 17 slow-cooker recipes so that you can keep your eye on the ball — not the kitchen.
Chili’s Copycat Queso: This creamy queso is spiced to the nines and melted to a flawless consistency. It’s loaded with paprika, chili powder, and cayenne pepper, but the flavors never seem too overwhelming. Don’t be surprised if folks ask you if you actually got this to-go at Chili’s. (via Crème De La Crumb)
Pork Carnitas: You’ll be tempted to add this pork’s neutral flavor profile into any and every dish. Of course, you can also just eat it by itself. Those crispy bits that are mixed in with succulent pork are hard to resist. (via Recipe Tin Eats)
Shrimp and Crab Bisque: Since the Patriots have a chance for the title, you probably want to include some good old-fashioned New England clam chowder in your spread. But don’t limit yourself to a classic chowder when there are options like this bisque. Loaded with East Coast seafood and done in the appropriate style, this soup is a delicious (and incredibly easy) way to show your support. (via Yes to Yolks)
Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage: Who doesn’t love an appetizer that they can poke with a toothpick to enjoy bite-sized portions? This recipe in particular is perfect for those who can’t decide between sweet, spicy, and smokey; it rolls them all into one for an extremely satisfying mouthful of flavor. (via A Night Owl)