September is a fun time for sports. Major League Baseball is in full swing and football season is starting. Whether you follow college football, the National Football League or both, there’s nothing like gathering with family and friends to cheer on your favorite team.
What makes game day even better? The food, of course! Here are three mouthwatering recipes that work for small and large groups. Feel free to customize to your preferences, and happy eating!
Barbecue Meatballs are a great party snack. They are easy to make and serve with a tangy barbecue sauce, perfect for snacking.
Meatballs (20 to 24 balls)
1½ lbs. ground beef
2 scallions, chopped
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
½ cup panko or regular bread crumbs
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 cups ketchup
½ cup molasses
½ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. Liquid Smoke
Start by making your meatballs. Chop your scallions and separate the white and green parts. Save the green parts for garnish. Combine the white scallion, minced garlic, ground beef, panko or bread crumbs and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Form into 1” balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
While the meatballs are cooking, make your sauce! Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until creamy. When the meatballs are done, cover in the barbecue sauce or serve on the side for dipping. These meatballs go great with potato dishes, chips, salads and other finger foods.
Buffalo Chicken Dip is pretty much snack heaven for foodies. It’s spicy, cheesy, creamy and even has some protein for staying power. It’s also fun to eat and easy to keep and serve hot. What’s not to love?
Buffalo Chicken Dip (serves 8)
2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
4 oz. cream cheese
¾ cup buffalo sauce
½ cup ranch dressing
1 cup cheddar cheese
Combine chicken, cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and 1/2 cup of cheese in a crock pot. Cook on low heat for 3 to 4 hours or high heat for 1 to 2 hours. The dip is ready when the cheese is fully melted, and there are no chunks of cream cheese remaining. Sprinkle dip with the remaining cheese. Serve with chips, crackers or veggies. Enjoy!
Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious finger food you can customize to your preferences. Sliders go well with chips, veggies, coleslaw and potato dishes. They also make great leftovers!
Pulled Pork Sliders (serves 8)
4-5 lbs. pork butt
2 dozen slider rolls
1 cup barbecue sauce
Season your pork butt or loin to your preference before cooking. Popular spices include salt, black or white pepper, chili powder, brown sugar, oregano, paprika, sugar, beer and even sodas like Dr. Pepper! Search Google for the perfect blend. For the best flavor, marinate your seasoned meat in the refrigerator for 3 to 24 hours.
Cook your meat in a slow cooker for 8 hours on low heat. The meat is done when it’s cooked through and pulls apart easily. Let the pork rest until it's cool enough to tear into thin shreds. After shredding, top the pork with your favorite sauce and serve on sliders. Enjoy!