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Sure, there are plenty of perfectly edible, ready-to-eat, no-prep munchies available at any supermarket. After all, thereís nothing easier than grabbing a bag of tortilla chips and a jar of pre-made salsa -- and on those evenings when itís just you and your roommate playing couch potato in front of the TV, store-bought snacks are a totally sensible solution. Crispy potato chips, crunchy pretzels, and my current snack obsession, the delightfully-named Pirateís Booty, are fine to nibble on when you need a quick fix, but on those occasions where youíve actually taken the trouble to invite friends to spend time at your humble abode, itís nice to offer something just a tad more homemade.

These easy-to-prepare appetizers are perfect for movie nights, game nights, that Superbowl gathering youíre hosting this Sunday perhaps Ė in short, just about any casual gathering where a good spread of hearty snacks is more appropriate than a full meal.

the menu
sweet potato wedges
teriyaki wings
guacamole with pita bread
homemade salsa with chips

one or two days before:
o Shop for ingredients. Don't forget tortilla chips and pita bread to go along with your fabulous homemade dips. Stock up on beverages and napkins.

night before:
o Marinate the wings.
o Make the salsa.

morning of:
o Turn the teriyaki wings in the marinade.
o Scrub the sweet potatoes.
o Make the avocado dip. Pop in one of the cleaned pits to help retain the green color. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

one hour before guests arrive:
o Preheat the oven to 425F.
o Cut the sweet potato wedges.
o Set out the salsa and chips.
o Cut the pita into wedges.

10 min before party time
o Bake the wings and potato wedges.
o Set out the avocado dip.

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