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Score a Tailgate Touchdown

Mini Pulled Pork Sandwiches

(Family Features) Are you ready for some football? The best thing about football, besides watching the game of course, is tailgating with delicious food and tasty drinks. So before settling in to watch your favorite team toss the pigskin, roll out some goodies that will score extra points with friends and family.

These entertaining ideas from Wilton will ensure you don't cause a delay of game by rushing and fumbling around your tailgate. Whether hosting fans at home or celebrating at the stadium, start by drafting a roster of easy-to-prepare snacks like chips and salsa or veggies with dip. Just make sure to have a yummy variety to hold ravenous receivers over until halftime.

Now for the tailgate MVP: mini pulled pork sandwiches. This tiny take on a familiar favorite makes for perfect handoffs to your hungry crowd. Here's the game plan:

  • Homemade pulled pork is easy. Just marinate pork shoulder in a spicy-sweet mustard mixture, then cook slowly until fork-tender.

  • While the pork cooks make homemade buns. The Wilton Whoopie Pie Pan makes perfect petite buns for the pork. Kick off the process with frozen bread dough rolls and accent with a sprinkling of sesame seeds before baking. Assemble the sandwiches, or set out the fixings and fans can help themselves. Top off with pickles and pennant-shaped picks.

  • Run out the game clock with Chocolate Kicker Cereal Treats, a surefire way to bring your team to the end zone.

For the football-shaped Chocolate Kicker Cereal Treats recipe and other tailgating ideas, visit www.wilton.com.

Mini Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients

For Pork
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 jalapeņo pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 pounds pork shoulder roast, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 quart water
For Rolls
  • 12 frozen bread dough rolls, thawed according to package directions
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Preparation

  1. In bowl of food processor, combine all ingredients except pork and water; process until smooth. Pour over pork shoulder, turning to coat on all sides. Marinate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. In large pot, mix pork, marinade and water. Bring to simmer over low heat. Cook covered 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until pork pulls apart easily with a fork, turning meat every half hour. Remove pork from pot; shred. Meanwhile, over high heat, reduce sauce by 2/3 or until slightly thickened. Pour over shredded pork and toss to coat.
  3. For Rolls: Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Whoopie Pie Pan with vegetable cooking spray. Place one thawed roll in each cavity; spray lightly with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm area 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Press down dough lightly to fill whoopie pie cavity. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 15-18 minutes or until light golden brown.

Serves
Makes about 12 mini sandwiches

SOURCE:
Wilton Enterprises

 

It's a Win-Win!

How to feed football fans and fight hunger

Zesty 100 Yard Bites
Potato Dog Skins
Tailgate Turkey Pile-On
Chipotle Chile Mac and Cheese

(Family Features) When it's your turn to call the plays on game day food, you need recipes that are easy to make, easy to eat, and will feed a crowd of hungry fans. These four recipes from celebrity chefs Pat and Gina Neely are a must for your tailgating playbook - full of satisfying flavor that will score big with football fanatics.

The recipes make it easy to please the football crowd, and Kraft Foods' "Huddle to Fight Hunger" makes it easy to help your neighbors in need. According to Feeding America, more than 50 million Americans - that's 1 in 6 of your neighbors - live in food insecure households. But you can do something about it.

Join the Huddle to Fight Hunger on Facebook - for every "like" at www.facebook.com/KraftFightHunger, Kraft Foods will help donate one meal to Feeding America. Last year, Kraft Foods and their family of iconic brands donated more than 20 million meals. Its mission this year is to help donate 25 million meals.

It's a win-win for everyone - make the recipes for your friends, like the Kraft Fight Hunger Facebook page and you will help feed your neighbors.

Zesty 100 Yard Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 12 slider buns
  • 12 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Honey Ham
  • 12 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Slow Roasted Roast Beef
  • 3 Kraft Big Slice Colby Jack Cheese Slices, cut into quarters
  • 2 plum tomatoes, cut into 12 slices
  • 12 Claussen Bread 'N Butter Pickle Chips
  • 12 stuffed green olives

Preparation

  1. Mix mayo, Sriracha and lime juice in a small bowl. Spread each bun with 1/2 tablespoon (1 1/2 teaspoons) mayo mixture.
  2. Fill each bun with 1 folded slice each ham and roast beef, a cheese slice quarter, tomato slice and pickle.
  3. Top each bun with a small decorative bamboo skewer, skewered with an olive.

Serves
Makes 12 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Substitute: Substitute hot pepper sauce for the Sriracha sauce.

Preparation Time:
20 minutes

Potato Dog Skins

Ingredients

  • 3 large baking potatoes (2 1/2 pounds), baked
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 Oscar Mayer Selects Premium Beef Franks
  • 1/3 cup Bull's-Eye Original Barbecue Sauce, warmed
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheeses
  • 1/3 cup Breakstone's or Knudsen Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

Preparation

  1. Heat grill to medium heat.
  2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and spoon out the flesh, leaving half-inch shells. Mix garlic and melted butter. Brush potatoes on both sides with garlic butter mixture.
  3. Grill franks 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through, turning occasionally; slice into rounds. Grill potatoes until crisp, about 4 to 4 1/2 minutes on each side.
  4. Spoon sliced franks into the potato shells; drizzle with barbecue sauce and top with cheese. Grill until the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and chives.

Serves
Makes 6 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Alternative Cooking Method: If you prefer, bake the buttered potato skins in a 250°F oven until crisp, about 15 minutes, before adding the toppings. Fill as directed and bake 5 minutes more.

Preparation Time:
10 minutes

Total Time:
1 hour 30 minutes

Tailgate Turkey Pile-On

Ingredients

  • 1 12-inch loaf Italian bread with sesame seeds, sliced in half horizontally
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil Cracked Pepper Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • 24 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • 6 slices Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Bacon, crisped
  • 1/2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup drained roasted red pepper strips

Preparation

  1. Hollow top of bread slightly; discard removed bread or save for another use. Spread mayonnaise on both sides of bread.
  2. Fill with remaining ingredients.
  3. Slice into 6 (2-inch) pieces.

Serves
Makes 6 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Tailgating Tip: To make for easy eating, wrap sandwich in parchment paper (like at a sandwich shop) and then slice with a serrated knife. Wrap in foil for transport.

Preparation Time:
10 minutes

Chipotle Chile Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14 ounces) Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup Kraft shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 Ritz crackers, coarsely crushed (about 1/4 cup)

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Prepare dinner as directed on package. Meanwhile, brown beef with onion and bell pepper in large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Drain.
  3. Add meat mixture to prepared dinner and stir in chipotle pepper. Spoon into greased 2-quart casserole or baking dish. Top with green onions, cheese and cracker crumbs.
  4. Bake 15 minutes or until mixture is hot.

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Tailgating Take Along: Make your casserole in a disposable foil pan. Just heat on a covered grill on low heat until mixture is golden and heated through.

Tip: For additional heat, increase to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

Substitute: Prepare using extra-lean ground beef and Kraft 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese.

Preparation Time:
20 minutes

Total Time:
35 minutes

SOURCE:
Kraft Foods