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Super Bowl recipes and food ideas: Impress friends with party pizzas

What's better for a Super Bowl party than small party pizzas that taste absolutely nothing like pizza? Still, they're delicious.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of foods that have misleading names. For example, if escargot was actually named "snails," they would cost 35 cents per pound and nobody would ever brag about having tried it. Not every example is that extreme, though. A family recipe passed from my grandmother for any get together is called party pizzas. However, they taste nothing like pizza nor do they look anything like pizza. They taste better than escargot, though. They could be perfect if you're throwing a party to watch the 49ers take on the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Here's what you need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • party rye bread

Here's what you need to do:

Brown the ground beef and sausage in a skillet and then drain the grease. Add the cheese and melt it over medium/low heat. Once the cheese is melted into the ground beef and sausage, add the remaining ingredients. Mix and then spoon the mixture onto the pieces of rye bread spaced out on a cookie sheet. Finally bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until the bread is lightly browned and crisp. Serve and enjoy, while explaining to everybody that it's not really pizza.

If done right, you should be able to taste the ground beef as well as the hint of spiciness that comes from the sausage. It's pretty quick and easy to make several batches and they can keep fairly well in the fridge for a short while as long as you throw them back in the oven before serving.

Happy cooking.