Throwing a Super Bowl party is the perfect way to entertain your friends and show off your cooking skills. Rather than buying chips and salsa, try your hand at these creative appetizers that will impress your guests and make you feel like a total star.

Plus, some of these appetizers are creative, healthier twists on classics. And if you’re wondering how to be a better host, check out these tips on how to ace your next dinner party.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

We all love Buffalo wings, especially if they’re boneless and you can just spear them with a fork and pop them in your mouth. But we also know that they have tons of calories and everyone else will probably also be serving them. So stand out this year and get the same saucy flavors with cauliflower rather than fried, processed chicken. And if Buffalo isn’t your style, but you still want to coat cauliflower in something, there are tons of recipes that use cauliflower rather than meat in your favorite dishes. You can find the Buffalo cauliflower recipe here.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip (or any other dip that strikes your fancy)

Staying with the Buffalo theme, Buffalo chicken dip (especially one made in a crockpot so it stays warm) is the best way to satisfy your taste buds on a cold night. And it doesn’t just have to be with chicken -- or Buffalo, for that matter. You can make a creamy shrimp dip if that’s more up your alley, or go vegetarian entirely with a spinach dip. Try your hand at this yummy Buffalo chicken dip recipe.
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Saucy Asian Meatballs

Meatballs are such an easy snack to put out for guests to enjoy. You can stick toothpicks in them, so people can just grab and go without getting messy. Get creative, and add an Asian spin to them by adding soy and hoisin sauces. They’ll be so addicting you may need to plan ahead and make an extra batch. Of course, like all these recipes, you can change it up with any sauce you like and completely personalize them. You can learn how to make the Saucy Asian Meatballs here, but also take a look at these and these to get ideas for other kinds of meatballs you can create.
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Cucumber Sandwich Bites

Mini sandwiches are a classic at any sports viewing party, but these cucumber versions are so much healthier (and more interesting!), and just as tasty. This video shows four different options; you can pick your favorite or display a tray of all four for diversity. This is the perfect appetizer to make if you’re in a time crunch because it’s just so easy. They also look like great breakfast and lunch options on a regular day.
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Salami Chips

Rather than doing the usual chips and dip, be way cooler than that and replace with these salami chips. This might also be the easiest recipe of them all. Just lay out your salami slices on a baking pan and bake for about 20 minutes. You can make your own sauce, too, to keep the homemade theme going, by combining mayo, parsley, red wine vinegar, oregano, and Dijon mustard. This video will lead you step-by-step through the process.
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Creamy Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms look beautiful on display, and they taste delicious. This appetizer will fill up your guests without you having to make an actual entrée meal. Load them up with as much creamy spinach, garlic, and cheese as you see fit, and know that you can customize mushrooms based on people’s preferences. Start baking these before anyone arrives, as they are slightly more time-intensive. As a bonus, though, because they will have such an aromatic aroma to them, your guests can enter your home to the smell of baked deliciousness. You can find the Creamy Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms recipe here.
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Veggie Fries

Everyone loves fries, but too many can lead to a bloating, overly-full-feeling disaster, and you won’t be able to enjoy the football game (or the commercials) the same way. Switch up regular fries with veggie fries to avoid all that. The best part is that there are so many different vegetables you can use, and this recipe video shows you four creative and easy ones. Whether you’re using sweet potatoes, carrots, asparagus, or zucchini, get generous with your seasoning for that kick of flavor.
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What appetizers are you planning to make for your Super Bowl party? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to share any creative and cool recipes you’ve perfected!

Written for OCN Washington, D.C. by mberman.

The Broncos won't be appearing in the Super Bowl, unfortunately. Maybe they should look to the sweet quarterback skills of Uncle Rico to save the franchise.