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Super Snacks for Super Bowl Bashes

NEW YORK -- If you haven't planned your Super Bowl menu yet, no problem!

"Early Show" contributor Katie Lee served up several low-budget, high-flavor ideas Friday for game day. And all the tasty can be whipped up in no time!

She made Buffalo Chicken Salad, Sausage & Pepper Stromboli, Super Nachos, and Turkey Cheeseburger Sliders with Caramelized Onions.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
3/4 cup buffalo sauce
Big bowl salad greens
1/2 pound blue cheese, crumbled
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
2 avocados, diced
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon minced chives

Dijon vinaigrette:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

In a large bowl, toss chicken and buffalo sauce.

In a clear glass trifle dish, layer salad greens, then celery, tomatoes, avocados, bacon, and top with chicken. Sprinkle with chives. Serve with vinaigrette on the side.

For vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk vinegar and mustard until creamy. Add oil and whisk until totally emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sausage and Pepper Stromboli

1 ball pizza dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound hot Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
1/2 cup yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 pound thinly sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup banana peppers
2 cups grated provolone
1 cup grated mozzarella
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk or water
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
Marinara sauce, for dipping

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage and use a wooden spoon to break it up, cooking until it is browned. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Reduce heat to medium and add onions, bell peppers, and garlic, cooking until tender, about 10 minutes. Add sausage back to the skillet, and stir in tomato paste. Remove from heat.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a large rectangle. Spread the sausage and pepper mixture over the dough, leaving about a one inch border. Top with pepperoni, banana peppers, and cheeses. Brush the border with the egg wash. Starting at the end closest to you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder, pinching the edges to seal. Cover with a towel and place in a warm area of the kitchen away from any drafts, and let rise 20 minutes.

Brush the Stromboli with the remaining egg wash and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve with marinara sauce.

For Katie's other recipes, go to Page 2.

Super Nachos

1 bag tortilla chips
1 can refried beans
1 can black beans
1 cup chopped tomato
6 scallions, chopped
Nacho cheese sauce, recipe below
Pickled jalapeno slices
Sour Cream

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Spread tortilla chips onto a baking sheet. Top with refried beans and black beans. Bake until beans have heated and chips are crisp, about 7 or 8 minutes. Remove from oven and top with nacho cheese sauce, tomatoes, scallions, jalapenos, a scoop of sour cream, and a scoop of guacamole. Garnish with cilantro.

Nacho Cheese Sauce

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup milk, plus 1/4 cup as needed
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated (about 8 ounces)
1 cup jarred hot salsa

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly until the flour starts to turn lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the paprika and cook one more minute. Reduce the heat to low and slowly add milk, stirring constantly, and bring to a low boil. When the milk begins to thicken, add the cheese and stir until the cheese has just melted. Stir in the salsa, and up to 1/4 cup milk to achieve desired consistency.

Turkey Cheeseburger Sliders with Caramelized Onions

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon honey
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 slices gruyere cheese, cut into quarters
8 slider-sized hamburger buns
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Bibb lettuce

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add ¼ cup water, cover and let cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in honey and remove from heat.

Preheat grill pan over medium-high heat.

In a bowl, combine turkey with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Shape meat into eight small patties of equal size.

Cook burgers about 2 minutes, flip and top with 2 pieces of cheese. Cook about 2 more minutes. In a small bowl, mix mayo and Dijon. Transfer burgers to buns and top with Dijon mayo, lettuce, and caramelized onions.