Wednesday Food: Are You Ready For Some Football?

I know absolutely nothing about football, but if your gonna devote a whole day to eating, drinking and watching television - well then I'm there!   Eric and I joined our friends Chris, Erica and Jared for a Sunday afternoon of good food and tight ends!!

We made quite an awesome spread that day, and I wanted to share all of the goodies with our readers.  Eric and I contributed BBQ Pulled Pork, which we did a bit of cheating on.  We didn't have much time to make our own sauce, so we used Annie's BBQ sauce and added our own flair to it.  A secret to great BBQ sauce is...COFFEE!  Surprised?  Just try it out, it is so freakin good.


Quick how to pulled pork: We got a lovely pork butt and sprinkled some paprika, cumin, salt and pepper and chopped garlic.


We seared the outside of the pork and roasted it in the oven for about an hour or so.
Then we put it in a pot with the BBQ sauce and a splash of your favorite brewed coffee.  Cook it for about 4 hours and let the meat fall apart.  Once its been cooking for awhile, pull the meat apart with a fork.  Its a long process, but not so labor intensive.  The coffee gives the BBQ sauce a robust, meaty taste that is unbelievably delicious!

Erica's Chili on the left and BBQ pulled pork on the right!
Erica and Jared are Chris's roommates and friends.  And when Chris told Erica about StellaBella, she checked us out, and is now a fan!  Welcome to the StellaBella family, Erica!!!  They both enjoy good food and some very delicious beer.  Currently they are brewing up some Pumpkin Ale of their own.  They are always roaming the Internet for yummy recipes like the ones they made for us at the Football Food Party.


We started out with the Fall Sangria from In the Yellow House Blog.  We changed it a bit by cutting the Sangria base with some Martinelli's Sparkling Cider, and it was so delightful!  A nice warm spice with the addition of cinnamon, and cloves.  A refreshing starter to a heavy and fatty day of eating!  After we finished the Sangria, we snacked on the alcohol soaked apples and oranges.  They served as palate cleansers between each round of food. 


Next we moved on to the Fried Mac-N-Cheese Squares.  Jared found this recipe on the Food Network.  On their recipe they smoosh them into balls but Jared made them into squares.  Honestly, Eric and I were looking forward to a big casserole dish of Mac-N-Cheese, but we were really enjoying the fried squares!  Nice and crisp on the outside and creamy and cheesy on the inside.  The best of both worlds!



Now, the Mac-N-Cheese was good on its own, but when you slather it with some chili it turns into something even better...MMmmmm!
 

Not only did we have chili on the fried goodies, but Erica also made Chili Cups.  Basically mini bread bowls for the chili topped with cheddar cheese.  Another great idea for your football gatherings.

Erica also made buffalo chicken wings, with famous Frank's Wing sauce!
Chris ended the pigskin evening with Apple Pie Cookies from his travels in recipe blog land from Smitten Kitchen (what an adorable site!)  They were a light and yummy fall dessert to end a day of drinking and eating foods that is terrible for your arteries!  Just be sure to let them cool for awhile or you'll end up burning your poor lips on the hot apples inside.


Well we left Chris, Jared and Erica's house feeling like we didn't want to move or eat ever again.  With our bellies full, we made our way home and slept like we would never get out of bed!  Oh yea, there was a football game on too, but I didn't really pay attention.  Who won?  Don't ask me, I was stuffing my face with yummy food and beverage!

Remember, when the kitchen gets too hot, get back in there and keep cooking!

-BabyStella
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