Sliders and Bratwurst are Quick Game Day Food

It’s Friday, and much of the food world seems to be focused on one thing:  Super Bowl food. Okay, so maybe not, but I had to start this somewhere, right? Maybe it would be more accurate to say 50% of us use it as an excuse to have a party. What would game day be like without food?  We have to have something to munch on while watching those commercials!

This year, we have no plans to attend or host anything *yes*, but the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals just might make it a good game for a change. Too often, it’s not entertaining in my opinion, so food helps make it an occasion — and not a fancy one with a lot of prep.  We go easy on the appetizers — chips, salsa and guacamole — have a meal at half-time.

It’s casual meal usually of chili or ribs.  But it could be this instead: a spin on traditional stadium food, and which can be put out allowing people to graze at their leisure.

Southwest Sliders in honor of the Cardinals…

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…and Bratwurst Dogs with Peppers & Onions in honor of the Steelers.

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I’m not sure who I’m pulling for, but I am a Zonie by birth.  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Southwest Sliders

lean ground beef
canned green chilies, drained & chopped
minced red onions
dash dried oregano
minced garlic
chili powder
dried red pepper flakes
salt & pepper
egg
Dinner rolls, sliced

In a bowl with very clean hands, squish all ingredients together and separate the mixture into golf-ball sized balls.  Flatten them out making sure the edges are smooth and put them on a plate in the refrigerator.

Prepare your fixings and arrange on a bit platter:  Spicy mustard, Herdez Salsa Verde, extra sharp chipotle cheddar slices, avocado slices splashed with lime and sprinkled with salt, tomatoes, and fresh sprigs of cilantro.

Toast the inside of the buns until brown and pile in a big bowl.  Griddle or grill the sliders and add the cheese at the end of cooking time so it can melt a bit.  Arrange the sliders on a big plate.

Let everybody put their own together, and then laugh when they ask you, “Just how do youthink I’m going to get this in my mouth?”

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Notes:

  • Make sure the meat patties are flattened a bit larger than the buns to allow for shrinkage during cooking.
  • Sure, if you twisted my arm, I’d put bacon on these.
  • We’ve made a variety of these:  Greek inspired with lamb and some tzatziki and a sprinkle of feta; or BBQ style with grilled onions and a spicy sauce.  They’re fun to play with.
  • Plan on at least 2-3 for the big guys.  One is plenty for me, but yes, I ate two.  They go down pretty easily.  Pile on the veggies and you don’t feel too guilty.

Bratwurst Dogs with Peppers & Onions

bratwurst, smoked sausage, bangers, or any other type of “dog” you enjoy
chopped garlic
thick sliced onions
sliced bell peppers
tomato wedges
cheese
seedy stone ground mustard
thick sandwich rolls, sliced

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Cook your dogs either on a griddle or grill until piping hot.  While this is going on, in a skillet with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, add the onions and cook until beginning to soften and add the garlic.  Add the peppers and cook until the mixture is soft, beginning to brown, but still has shape.  Season with salt and pepper.  Put in a large bowl and keep warm.

Toast the sandwich rolls under the broiler, on a griddle or grill until brown.

On a large platter, arrange the dogs, buns, tomatoes, cheese, and mustard.  Place the bowl of onions & peppers nearby and let everyone make their own dogs.

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Notes:

  • These are so good.  Our grocery store has lots of different kinds of sausage so it’s fun to have a variety for people to choose from.  Andouille is excellent!
  • Don’t overcook the onions and peppers.  It’s nice to have some crunch left when you take a big bite.

10 thoughts on “Sliders and Bratwurst are Quick Game Day Food

  1. I love love love the little picture of an enraptured audience munching away on sliders. What great food. Maybe I should become a football fan? Hmmm. Football . . . 9th grade algebra. Shudder. Maybe not.

  2. Oh my goodness these look sooo yummy even first thing in the morning! Thank you for sharing the recipes too. Definate football joys. Enjoy the game too!
    come by and visit when you have some time
    Judi

  3. Without the home team competing, I agree that’s it all about the food (and commercials). Yours looks wonderful! I’m going classic – guacomole, chili, peanut butter brownies.
    Have fun!

  4. Hi Kelly!
    Gosh, it was so wonderful to hear from you! I know, I took a longer than intended blogging break, but I really missed it. When you take a break, its sometimes hard to get motivated to jump back in, but I’m so happy to be back in the swing of things. I hope you do venture into the decorating/home blogs. I love cooking, I truly do, but the cooking only aspect of the blog got overwhelming for me. I thought it would be fun to dabble in a bit of everything! lol
    I will catch up on your archived posts in the next several days…I’m certain I’ve missed LOTS of deliciousness. These two game day sandwiches sound irresistible, and I love all of the color in that pepper and onion medley. 🙂
    Hope all has been great with you and your family, and that 2009 is off to a terrific start!

  5. green chiles, avocado, beeeeeef. yes please. i make no excuses for the fact that i see the super bowl only as an excuse to pig out. 🙂

  6. Chou — they’d better be enraptured or else the kitchen fairy will go on strike. Not sure about the connection between 9th grade algebra & football, but I’ll keep a safe distance. Uh-huh.
    Hey Kevin — yep if you’re looking for something that’s seriously low maintenance.
    Hi Judi — watching the game right now, and will stop by soon.
    Karen, our home team has only been there once in my memory and we got squashed. Too much sun and fun in San Diego to also have a sports team that kicks butt and takes names. *sigh*
    BELINDA!!!!! So glad to have you back and writing again. You have to do what you enjoy or it just turns into a job you don’t want. I look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve. Yay!
    Hey Grace — yep. Pigging out on some interesting braised pork that’s then fried if you can believe it. Crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. Definitely a new level of “pigging out!”

  7. Oh, yum. That’s great game food… even for someone who couldn’t care less about football.
    This is NOT helping the burger craving I’ve been having for over a week now. Darned blogs!

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