In The Kitchen: Cooking action in the kitchen makes Super Bowl a treat

These delicious appetizers of Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks are perfect for a Super Bowl crowd.

These delicious appetizers of Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks are perfect for a Super Bowl crowd.

Super Bowl XLII is just around the corner. Whether you have a real passion for one of the teams or for football in general, the Super Bowl always creates a lot of excitement.

For our In the Kitchen, I am offering three recipes, all quick and easy and good for a Super Bowl gathering.

The Turkey Chili recipe is a low-fat dish that is delicious and healthy. You can also use fat-free cheese and fat-free sour cream as toppings. The second recipe is for a great dip from my friend Pam Bradley and is a often-requested dish when she spends Super Bowl Sunday with her two godchildren, Josh and Matt Trentham.

The third recipe is a little different, but it’s very good. Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks is sure to be a man-size treat for Super Bowl parties.

Turkey Chili

1 lb. ground turkey

1 onion, chopped

1 Tablespoon vegetable or olive oil

1 to 2 cups water, depending on your preference of thick or thin chili

1 can (28 oz.) canned crushed tomatoes

1 can (16 oz.) red kidney beans

1 Tablespoon crushed garlic

1 to 2 Tablespoons of chili powder, depending on personal preference

1/2 tsp. salt and pepper

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add turkey and cook till evenly browned. Add onion and cook until tender. Add all other ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

Pam’s Ghost Dip

1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. sausage (low-fat)

1 lb. Velvetta cheese

1 can (10 oz.) Rotel canned tomatoes with peppers

Brown ground beef and sausage and drain. Cut cheese into cubes and add to the skillet with sausage and beef. Let melt over low heat then remove from heat and pour into a slow-cooker. Serve with tortilla chips.

Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks

1 pkg. bacon (16 oz.)

2 boxes sesame breadsticks

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Wrap breadsticks in bacon. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Place on paper towel to drain and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Let them cool slightly to crisp up.

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