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Football Comfort Food

Feed Your Team at Game Time With These Simple Recipes

Article by Brian Bailey

Photography by Terry Fravel

Originally published in Canton Lifestyle

Did you get blitzed with a last-minute game day party? No need to scramble! With little time off the clock, you can score big with these hearty football watching snacks. Your barbecue leftovers aren’t just for the 2nd team. Call them up and get them dressed for an MVP performance! You are the coach of your kitchen! Feel free to call an audible and adjust the ingredients to best fit your team’s needs.

Mac ‘n Cheese Pulled Pork Sliders

INGREDIENTS

• 1.5 lb pulled pork or other barbecue meat, warmed

• 1 pint creamy mac ‘n cheese

• 8 oz sweet barbecue sauce

• 2 tbs melted butter

• 1 tbs honey

• ½ tsp ground mustard

• 1 dozen slider buns

• 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350⁰.

2. Place slider bottoms in 13x19” baking dish. Evenly layer with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, mac ‘n cheese and slider tops.

3. Combine melted butter, honey and ground mustard. Brush tops of slider buns.

4. Place on center rack of oven. Bake until filling is hot and slider buns are toasty; about 12- 15 minutes.

5. Garnish with jalapeño slices, if desired.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook

Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Loaded Chopped Brisket Baked Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

• 6 medium baking potatoes

• 1 tbs olive oil

• 1 tbs Kosher salt

• 6 tbs butter

• 1.5 lb chopped brisket or other bbq meat, warmed

• 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

• 6 tbs sour cream

• 8 oz sweet barbecue sauce

• sliced green onions

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

2. Wash and dry potatoes. Then, prick the potatoes all over with the tines of a fork.

3. Rub potatoes with oil and season liberally with kosher salt.

4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the skin is golden and crisp and you can easily pierce the potatoes with a small knife.

5. With a sharp knife, cut an “X” in each potato and fluff with a fork. Top each potato with butter, chopped brisket, barbecue sauce, shredded cheddar, sour cream and green onions.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes