Getting ready for the big game? Don’t miss this awesome list of 60+ appetizer ideas including our newest favorite sausage rolls recipe.
With the football season coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about Big Game parties and inevitably, the recipes you will make and bring to yours! In preparation, I’ve teamed up with my football blogger friends in one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas. We’ve made appetizers, entrees, desserts and even drinks. Prepare to be inspired, and be sure to check out their links at the bottom of this post.
First up, I want to share my contribution to the party, our newest favorite Sausage Rolls recipe. When I was doing research into traditional British foods after we got our shocking DNA test results the other week, sausage rolls popped up over and over again. They reminded me of everything Handyman Tim has ever loved: spiced meat wrapped in dough and baked. We had to try them.
I found a base recipe over on The New York Times and then simplified it for a busy mom chef like myself. Instead of making the dough from scratch, I used frozen store bought puff pastry and it worked like a charm!
You spice up two pounds of ground pork, form it into a long log and chill it. Once firm, you wrap it in thawed puff pastry, slice into sections and glaze with an egg wash. Bake it up and serve with a mustard dipping sauce, BAM! Party food!
I think you could easily play with the seasonings the recipe calls for and do many variations on this appetizer: an Italian one with marinara sauce, a Greek one with tzatziki, or a more Mexican flavored one with salsa. We stuck with the more straight up British route and the mustard gave it just the right zing.
Now don’t forget to check out the other 60+ awesome football party recipes below. You’ll find everything you need for watching the big game!
- 1 package (2 sheets) of frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 2 pounds lean ground pork
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water for egg wash
- Make the filling:
- In a large mixing bowl, add the pork with all the seasonings. Using your hands, gently mix together to combine. Divide into 4 equal portions and roll each section into a 9 inch log. Place on a tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Prepare the dough:
- Roll one sheet of the puff pastry out so that it is 9 inches tall by 11 inches long. Slice lengthwise to make 2 pieces that measure 4.5 inches tall by 11 inches long.
- Place one sausage log on each of the pastry sections. Roll up and pinch the seam to close. Place with seam side down and cut each into 6 equal pieces. (I trimmed the loose ends to make them neat.)
- Repeat with second sheet of pastry dough so you have 24 pork rolls in all.
- Place the rolls on a parchment covered baking sheet. Cut a small slit on the top of each roll to vent the pastry. Brush the tops with the egg wash.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry is crisp and golden and sausage is cooked to temperature. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
64 Football Party Recipes:
Classic Potato Salad by Celebrating Family
Chili Cheese Burritos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Fruit Spring Rolls with Key Lime Cheesecake Dip by Body Rebooted
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Dash of Herbs
Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip by The Culinary Compass
Chicks in a Blanket with Apricot Sauce by Mom’s Messy Miracles
Jalapeno Pale Ale Chili by Beer Girl Cooks
Jalapeno Popper Pull Apart Bread by The Life Jolie
Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip by Feast + West
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table
Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls by Honey & Birch
Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Bread Booze Bacon
Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love & Flour
Meatloaf Sliders by Foodtastic Mom
Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
Bean and Cheese Taco Bites by The BakerMama
Monte Cristo Poppers by See Aimee Cook
Chile Beer Sangria by Cake ‘n Knife
Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
Puff Pastry Pizza Bites by The Mexitalian
No Churn Pistachio Baklava Ice Cream by Club Narwhal
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Hello Little Home
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Cheesy Beef Dip by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
Baked Taco Empanadas by Simplify, Live, Love
Cheese Sticks by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Meatballs by West via Midwest
Puff Pastry Bacon Pizza Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Skillet Chicken Queso Dip by foodbyjonister
Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish by For the Love of Food
Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls by Simple and Savory
Pimento Mac and Cheese Squares by Lauren’s Kitchen
Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Apple Cider Mimosas With A Sparkly Sugar Rim by And She Cooks
Pulled Pork Stuffed Corn Dogs by Nik Snacks
Easy Pepperoni Rolls by Me and My Pink Mixer
Real Boneless Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
Califlower Tater Tots by Living Well Kitchen
Cheeseburger Naan Pizza by Shaws Simple Swaps
Red Velvet Ginger Rum Balls by Cafe Terra
Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
Sweet n’ Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life’s Ambrosia
Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Crowd Pleasing Steak Fajita Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Sriracha Hummus Pinwheel Sandwiches by Casa de Crews
Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces by A Simpler Grace
Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
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