Game Day

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The game is on, and whether your team consists of spice fanatics or sweets enthusiasts, these snacks are perfect. Complete your game day spread with delicious dips—and don’t forget the dippers. Add variety and color with sliced carrots, bell peppers, and broccoli as well as Blue Diamond Nut Thins, a crunchy dipper that’s also gluten-free. Recipes courtesy www.bluediamond.com.

Blazin’ Buffalo Potato Skins
Yield: 6-8
3 lbs. small russet potatoes
Olive oil cooking spray
1 cup shredded reduced-fat or regular Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
1/2 cup crushed Blue Diamond Hint of Sea Salt Nut-Thins
1/3 cup chopped Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup sliced green onion tops
Preheat oven to 450°F and line baking sheet with foil.
Rinse potatoes and pat dry; pierce with fork or sharp knife. Place in large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on HIGH for 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft when gently squeezed. Remove and let cool slightly.
Cut in half and scoop out potato leaving 1/4-inch rim of potato inside skin. Place on prepared baking sheet and spray both sides of potato skins liberally with cooking spray; bake for 15 minutes to crisp.
Sprinkle equal amounts of cheese into each skin. Stir together chicken and wing sauce and spoon over cheese. Top with nut chips and almonds and bake for 5 minutes more. Add dollop of sour cream to each and sprinkle with green onions. Serve with an additional wing sauce, if desired.

Honey Dijon Pretzel Chicken Tenders
Yield: 3-4
1 pkg. (about 1 1/4 pound) chicken tenders
1 egg, whisked
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper
1 cup crushed pretzels
1 cup crushed Blue Diamond Honey Dijon Almonds
In small bowl, coat raw chicken with egg, mustard, and spices. Let marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Mix pretzels and almonds, and spread on large plate in even layer. Coat each chicken tender in pretzel-almond mixture, then place on greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Bacon Avocado Dip
Servings: 1 cup
1 large avocado, peeled and mashed
1/2 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/3 cup Blue Diamond Jalapeo Smokehouse Almonds, chopped
1/4 cup diced red onion
3 strips cooked bacon, roughly chopped
2 tbsp. sour cream
1 tsp. minced garlic
Juice of 1/2 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste
In small bowl, mix all ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite flavor of crackers.

Grab n’ Go Popcorn Balls
Servings: 12
1 tbsp. canola oil
1/2 cup popcorn
6 tbsp. butter
1 (10-oz.) bag mini marshmallows
3/4 cup Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Sea Salt Almonds
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Sea salt, for garnish
In large Dutch oven, heat oil and popcorn over medium heat. Cover with lid, shaking pan occasionally to coat kernels. After first pop, continue shaking pan until popping slows down and most kernels have popped. Set aside.
In large saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add marshmallows and mix until fully melted. Add cooked popcorn. Gently stir until popcorn is evenly coated with marshmallow mixture. Add almonds and chocolate chips, and continue to stir to  completely mix. Remove pan from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt.
Moving quickly, mold popcorn-marshmallow mixture into balls with hands. (Washing hands with water will help ensure mixture won’t stick.) Place balls on parchment paper, and let cool. Store in airtight container or bag.

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