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January 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears: snack attack! Ideas?

When the Seahawks take on the Bears Sunday, many of us will be glued to our TVs, scarfing local noshes like Tim’s Cascade Potato Chips, Ezell’s fried chicken or — if you want to get all “fancy” — those cocktail shrimp-platters from the seafood section at QFC. Oh, yeah: there’ll be a whole lot of snacking going on. But I think we can do one better with some homemade finger-food, and thought I’d throw a few ideas toward the goalpost.

My husband, like anyone else who grew up in Chicago, might appreciate some good old-fashioned pigs-in-a-blanket stuffed (for the occasion) with diced tomato, onion, neon-green relish and dill pickle. I can see them now, sprinkled with celery salt and poppy seeds for full visual effect and served with some bright yellow mustard on the side for dipping. Meanwhile, my son (who adores mangoes and grew up here weaned on Chinese food and Dungeness crab) might enjoy Ellie Krieger’s recipe for Crab Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups. (Watch her make them right here.)

Since I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolution and watching my weight, my munch-of-choice might be fresh vegetables with my most excellent homemade edamame hummus (trust me, it’s a whole lot better than that stuff they sell at Trader Joe’s). You, on the other hand, might live by the old adage that “everything’s better with bacon!” If so, allow me to introduce you to our new family favorite: BLT canapes!

Seattle Times restaurant critic Providence Cicero brought these to my house on Christmas Day. She’ll be invited back.

These are as easy as pie to make. Easier, in fact. Here’s how:

Slice and gently oven-roast a baguette, then layer each slice with lettuce, a spoonful of Skillet Street Food’s Bacon Spread (aka Bacon Jam) and garnish with half a grape tomato. The sweet, onion-and-bacon-y spread is available at Whole Foods, DeLaurenti and Chef Shop (among other locations), though, if you’re so inclined, there’s nothing stopping you from attempting to make it yourself, at home (you’ll find some tips from the pro here).

So, have you got any good ideas for homemade snacks worthy of a Let’s Go to the Super Bowl Party? Something fun to eat and easy to tackle? Dish ’em up, here on the blog.

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