Since Josh is from Connecticut, we thought it was a good idea to have people over to watch the Patriots play the Seahawks. The day before – when we realized we had a newborn and absolutely no idea how we were going to pull off a party – we hit Pinterest and looked for the easiest recipes we could find.
I pinned a ton, but then realized they were still all too complicated. Off to the grocery store went Josh, to buy some salami, cheese, chips and beer. Because when people have enough beer they might not notice you didn’t serve them fancy appetizers. But what absolutely, totally saved the day were two recipes that were so darn easy and better yet SO DARN GOOD.
First up was this amazingly simple meatball recipe that we had made before. It was really easy to make it gluten free for our friend Tara too, so that was great bonus!
1 32oz bag frozen fully cooked meatballs (about 50)
1 18oz jar grape jelly
1 18oz BBQ sauce
Combine sauces in your crock-pot and stir until combined. Add meatballs and stir until they are coated with the sauce. Cook on high for 3 hours.
Enjoy as an appetizer or serve over rice for a main dish.
Then this was the BIG winner – everyone absolutely loved these mini sliders and not only were they super easy, they made enough for everyone at the party to have at least two!
2 pounds, 93% lean ground sirloin
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
3/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (12-count) Kings Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls (or slider buns)
6 slices cheddar or American cheese
Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, onion, and salt. Gently press mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan so that it makes one large patty of even thickness. Use the tines of a fork to poke holes throughout the meat. Bake for 30 minutes. As it bakes, the meat will shrink away from the sides and liquid will accumulate around the edges of pan. When fully cooked, remove the pan from oven (keep oven turned on) and carefully drain off the liquid.
Top the meat with an even layer of sliced cheese; return pan to oven for about 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes. Cut into 2-inch squares (or the size of the buns used), making 12 mini- hamburgers. Serve with dill pickle slices and ketchup. Serves 6 at 2 sliders each.
I’d definitely recommend either of these easy and delicious recipes. What are YOUR favourite go-to game day recipes?