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Enjoy football goodies from our sports writers

By Staff Reports
Jan. 31, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Daddy Dogs are best served with a portion of tater tots.

If you're looking to make some new additions to your Super Bowl party lineup, you've come to the right place. The Longview News-Journal asked some of the biggest sports fans we know — the guys in our sports department — to tell us about some of their favorite Super Bowl dips and snacks. Here's what a couple of them shared with us.

Jack Stallard, Sports Editor

DISCLAIMER: I've lost 114 pounds in the past 13 months through proper diet and exercise. Daddy Dogs and Charm Wraps do not fall in the "proper diet" category, but it's OK to indulge occasionally. Hit the track and do a little extra that evening or the next day.

Daddy Dogs

  • Hot dogs

  • Hot dog buns

  • Your favorite toppings: onion, relish, chili, salsa, bell peppers, etc.

  • Shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Put hot dog buns in a deep dish pan. (This is going to get messy, so you probably want to use a nonstick pan, spray it or put foil in the pan.)

Heat hot dogs for 4-5 minutes. (Grill, boil or fry. Your choice.)

Load the hot dogs in the buns and decorate with your favorites. (I'm a mustard, onion, relish and chili guy. Occasionally, I jazz them up with picante sauce, bell peppers or corn chips. Basically, there are no rules.)

Cover everything in your favorite shredded cheese.

Don't get stingy. They'll make more cheese.

Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.

If you can eat these without a fork, you did it wrong. Best served with tater tots.

Charm Wraps (Since I stole the recipe from our Charm magazine)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (the kind in the cup, not the squares, so it will mix easier)

  • 8 ounces sour cream

  • 1 package ranch dressing mix

  • Shredded cheese and bacon pieces (You pick how much. Use soft bacon pieces, not bacon bits.)

  • Large flour tortilla

Mix everything but the tortillas together in a large bowl.

Precut aluminum foil works best for the next part.

Place the foil on a flat surface and put a large, flour tortilla on the foil. Spread a thin layer of the mix on the tortilla, roll it up and then wrap it in the foil. Repeat until you are out of mix. (This recipe typically makes six roll-ups, but can easily be doubled.)

Refrigerate overnight, and then unwrap the roll-ups and cut them into pieces as big or as small as you want.

These are great alone, dipped in Pace Picante Sauce or eaten with your favorite soup or chili.

George Whitley, sportswriter

My wife, Melanie, makes this for us, and it's delicious.

Whitley's Favorite Dip

  • 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

  • 1 8-ounce package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 3-ounce package real bacon bits

  • 2 tablespoons pimento strips

Combine all above ingredients. Serve with Ritz crackers.



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