The calendar has hit September, us East Coasters begin to pull out hoodies, drink the pumpkin spice latte on our coffee breaks, and begin to get excited....It is almost Fall, time for pumpkins, apple picking, and of course Americas Favorite Game, FOOTBALL!
In the spirit of the start to the NFL season, and of course our favorite college teams (GO IRISH). Time to spice up your beer drinking and team cheering (even if your not cheering for the NY Teams).
Break out your favorite chips and dip, and try some of these fun appetizers to entertain your fellow football enthusiasts.
Tangy Blue Sliders
2 Tbsp Crumbled Blue Cheese - Softened
1 Tsp Chives - Chopped
1 Tsp - Onion Diced
1 Garlic Clove - Minced
1 Lb Ground Beef
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Pepper
1 Tsp Parsley flakes
1/4 Cup Bread crumbs
Let your blue cheese and cream cheese sit out for about 15 minutes to soften. Combine your cream cheese, blue cheese and chives and stir until you have a creamy consistency. Set mixture aside.
In another bowl combine, ground beef, onion, garlic, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and parsley.
With your hands pull out a small ball of meat mixture. Press down the center with your thumb.
Fill your thumb circle with the blue cheese mixture.
Grab a small amount of meat and top the blue cheese opening to completely cover the cheese. Shape burgers with your hands to ensure all seams sealed and rounded. Your sliders will be a bit bigger than a regular slider as these are stuffed.
Grill your burgers for 2-3 minutes on each side for a medium rare burger. Serve on a small slider bun with your choice of pickles or a small slice of red onion.
4 Large Potatoes
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp Chives - Chopped
4 Slices of Bacon
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Tsp Salt
Pre heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Scrub your potatoes to get off any excess dirt under cool water. Place potatoes on broil pan and poke holes in both sides of the potatoes with a fork. Spread a small amount of oil onto the potatoes to aid in browning. Bake in the over for 1 hour and ten minutes.
Once your potatoes are baked remove and let cool for ten minutes. While potatoes are cooling in a side bowl combine sour cream and chives together and place in the fridge to stay cool. Cook your bacon in a pan and remove any excess grease. Let the bacon cool.
Preheat the oven to a high broil. Cut potatoes in half long ways.
With a spoon remove the inside of the potatoes leaving a small amount in each of the potatoes throughout the skins layer.
With an oil brush coat oil onto each side of the skins. Sprinkle both sides with a small amount of salt. Place these skins back into the over for 5 minutes on each side to make the skins crispy.
Pull the skins out and cut in half width wise, top with cheese and return to the oven until cheese is melted. Top skins with crumbled cooled bacon and a spoonful of your sour cream and chives mixture.
Now it is time to choose you beer and enjoy the game!!!