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Brat Super Party Sub
Cheesy Cheddar Roll-Ups
Cheesy Game Time Sausage Dip
Football Sausage Pancakes

(Family Features) - Savor the Super Bowl with a game day party that really scores with guests. Keep them cheering with finger-friendly food such as sausage roll ups, cheesy dip and delicious, hot subs and hoagies. And introduce a new all-star to the menu with a football pancake that's sure to earn some extra points!

The entertaining experts at Johnsonville Sausage have come up with a game-winning strategy that will help you make your big-game party a champ.

Game Day Party-Planning Tips

Set the Game Day Stage

Decorate with fan favorites by topping the table with a piece of artificial turf, found at your hardware store. Then, use white athletic tape to add yard lines and white self-adhesive numbers, found at the craft store, to finish your themed tablescape with yardage markers.

Score With Sweets

After the delicious appetizers and main entrees, don't forget dessert. Display cupcakes on a platter and add green "turf" and "yard lines and markers" with frosting.

Send Your Guests Off in Style

Create sports-themed gift bags for guests, featuring team-colored tissue paper and small prizes, such as a freezable plastic mug, bottle koozies and a team bottle opener or coasters. These gift bags also make great prizes for any contests you have during the party, as well!

Brat Super Party Sub

Ingredients
Sauce
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper, optional
Sub
  • 1 package (19.76 ounces) Johnsonville Original Bratwurst
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced

Preparation
    1. In a bowl, combine sauce ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
    2. Grill brats according to package directions. When cool enough to handle, cut into 1/4-inch bias slices. Slice bread lengthwise and transfer to baking sheet. Arrange brat slices on bread bottom. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until bread is lightly browned. Remove from oven. Top with sauce, onion and tomato. Cut sub and serve.

Preparation Time
30 minutes

Grilling and Baking Time
35 minutes

Serves
Makes 6 servings

Cheesy Cheddar Roll-Ups

Ingredients
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 tablespoons coarse ground mustard
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Johnsonville Beddar with Cheddar Sausage

Preparation
    1. In a skillet, sauté onion in oil until light golden brown; cool slightly. Unroll crescent dough and separate into triangles (bake or discard two extra triangles). Spread each with mustard and top with onions. Place one sausage on wide end of each triangle; roll up. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Bake Time
15 minutes

Serves
Makes 6 servings

Cheesy Game Time Sausage Dip

Ingredients
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Johnsonville Italian All Natural Ground Sausage
  • 2 pounds Velveeta processed cheese, cubed
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon anise seed, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • Garlic toast

Preparation
    1. In a skillet, cook and crumble sausage until no longer pink; drain. Place cheese in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 6 minutes or until melted, stirring every 2 minutes. Stir in salsa, seasonings and sausage. Microwave 2 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with garlic toast.

Preparation Time
25 minutes

Serves
Yield 6 cups

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Tips:
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper for a spicier dish.
  • Serve garlic toast with diced tomatoes and chopped black olives.
  • To serve in a bread bowl, cut off the top of a round loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-inch shell. Cube removed bread. Spoon cheese dip into bread shell. Serve with bread cubes.
  • Football Sausage Pancakes

    Ingredients
    • 1 package (12 ounces) Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links
    • 2-1/2 cups Hungry Jack complete pancake mix
    • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa or cinnamon
    • 1-1/2 cups water
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Maple syrup

    Preparation
      1. Cook sausage according to package directions; set aside.
      2. In a bowl, combine pancake mix and cocoa/ cinnamon. Stir in water and vanilla. Pour 1/2 cup batter onto a hot greased nonstick skillet or griddle in the shape of a football. Place one sausage link lengthwise down center of batter. Cut two sausage links into thirds; arrange on sides of center link to form football laces.
      3. Using two spatulas, carefully turn pancake when bubbles form on top and edges are dry. Cook until second side is golden brown. (Trim edges to resemble a football if necessary). Invert onto a plate, sausage-side up. Repeat with remaining batter and sausage.

    Preparation and Cooking Time
    35 minutes

    Serves
    Makes 4 servings

    SOURCE: Johnsonville


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