Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets Stuffed with Beer Cheese

It was almost exactly three years ago that I was spending my Winter Break at Rutgers, hanging out with whichever of my sorority sisters were still around, wasting countless hours at James’ fraternity house, and singing and dancing to Christmas songs with all of our friends who decided to stay in New Brunswick.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets Stuffed with Beer Cheese.  These make the perfect Super Bowl appetizer or party treat.  Grown-up chicken nuggets that make your taste buds smile. | hostthetoast.com

James and I weren’t dating yet.  In fact, I don’t think I even really realized that I had an actual crush on him at this point.  That, or I was avoiding admitting it because I had gotten out of a rocky relationship a couple of months prior and was still very, very firmly in the “I just want to be single and not deal with anyone’s crap” stage.

Regardless, I subconsciously started coming up with friendly excuses to hang out with James more, like making dinner for him and his fraternity brothers who I was good friends with as well.  After all, what college student would turn down a free meal?  I had mastered the art of boiling water and could make some passable pasta dishes, but after a few days of spaghetti I decided I should probably learn some more recipes if I was going to pretend to know how to cook.

Despite serious Google research into any meal I attempted to make, most of the time it didn’t work out well.  But sometimes– sometimes– I wound up surprising myself and nailing the recipe, like when James suggested I make Pretzel-Crusted Chicken.

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Cajun Shrimp Dip

A few months ago, on the Host the Toast facebook page, I asked people what their favorite recipes on the web were.  I got some great responses from people telling me about “Chocolate Lasagna” and “Banana French Toast Cupcakes” and other things that are making me too hungry to think about on a Monday morning.

Then, of course, James decided to comment to tell me to “make more dips”.  That’s not what I was asking, but okay.  The man knows what he wants, I guess.

Cajun Shrimp Dip.  Amazing on bread or chips, and would work with crawfish or chicken, too!  Perfect as a game day appetizer this football season! | hostthetoast.com

James also insists that I “give the people what they want” which always miraculously lines up with his own personal taste.  Sure, James, the people.  If I’m making something with walnuts, he’ll tell me “the people hate walnuts”.  If I’m thinking about making cake, he’ll remind me that “the people LOVE chocolate cake”.  And so on.

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Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that Spinach and Artichoke Dip Alfredo I made last year.  And the oft requested Crab and Artichoke Dip.  Oh, and Spinach Dip Bites, too!  Mainly because they’re all freakin’ delicious, but also because I have an obsession with any recipe that uses a ton of cheese, spinach, and/or artichokes.

Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip.  This super cheesy crock pot dip is going to be your new favorite appetizer for parties, tailgates, and more.  Best of all, it's so simple to whip together! | hostthetoast.com

I thought about remaking all of those recipes so I could enjoy them again, but I told myself, “NO, MORGAN.  IF YOU’RE GOING TO COOK, YOU NEED TO MAKE SOMETHING NEW FOR THE BLOG.  GET IT TOGETHER.”  I just don’t have the time or patience to cook the same thing more than a few times when there’s so many new recipes to explore.

So you know what I did?  I came up with this awesome Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip, and then I made it again.  And then I made it AGAIN.  So much for not repeating recipes!

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Loaded Buffalo Chicken Nachos

The best things in life are meant to be shared.  Please remind me of that this upcoming football Sunday when I am HOARDING these Loaded Buffalo Chicken Nachos to myself.

Don’t be surprised if you find me whispering “my precious” over them and viciously swatting away the hands of friends and family members who are eager to try a bite.

Loaded Buffalo Chicken Nachos.  Could this be any more perfect for football season?  Shredded buffalo chicken, cheesy ranch queso, blue cheese crumbles, pickled jalapenos, and chopped green onions!  The ultimate appetizer! | hostthetoast.com

Seriously, I will tackle you linebacker-style if you try to grab a nacho in all of its buffalo chicken glory without asking nicely first.  Be warned.

So, it’s football season and I’m all amped up because my team is doing well for a change, and I’m going all-in with the appetizers this year.  And everyone knows that the number one way to do appetizers on game day is to load up on the buffalo sauce.

Note my other buffalo chicken recipes.

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Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip

And so it has begun.

Every 3 minutes, James has been getting notifications from ESPN about another football player who is injured and out for the season, roster projections, and anything that might even mildly pertain to football in some obscure way.

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip.  The sprinkle of basil seems weird but it's so amazing.  This is a new football sunday must-have.  Game day appetizer at it's finest!  | hostthetoast.com

He keeps patiently explaining to me every single thing that I somehow forgot about the game since last year.   Is a safety a guy or a play?  Both?  How does one “run downhill” on a flat field?  People “pitch” in football?  WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!  

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