Remember earlier this month, when I said I wasn't making a resolution to give up my favorite foods? Well, this is one of the reasons why.... Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday! And although I admit, I am not much of a football fan, I never said I didn't like a party! Super Bowl Sundays were made for parties. That means lots of good food! Whether you are hosting the party, hanging on the couch with family or going somewhere to cheer your team on, you will most likely be whipping up something for the game. If you have a busy week and don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, you might want to check out the recipes I am sharing today. All three are super easy and can be made with just a few simple ingredients. Put them together and they make a meal so all you need are the cold drinks and some pretzels or chips and you're good to go! Make it easy this year and enjoy the party! I'm going to!
My daughter Lynsie found a great recipe for pulled pork while she was in college. We would make it in a crock pot and take it to the tailgate parties at the Virginia Tech football games. It was a big hit with the kids and the parents. It's great for a crowd but can be made in smaller amounts for a family dinner. It's ridiculously easy to make and absolutely delicious! Our favorite buns to use are the Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. The small dinner rolls make great slider buns.
- Pork Tenderloin - approximately 2 lbs
- Root Beer - 2 bottles or 1 liter
- Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce - approximately 16 ounces
- Slider buns
- Place pork tenderloin in crock pot or slow cooker.
- Pour Root Beer over pork to almost cover.
- Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours (or until pork will shred easily with a fork).
- Remove pork and discard the Root Beer.
- Shred pork and place back in crock pot.
- Cover with barbecue sauce and heat through.
- Serve on your favorite slider buns.
Lynsie also found this recipe for Broccoli Sunflower Seed Slaw with Poppy Seed Dressing. It makes a great side dish for the pork sliders. Once again, 3 simple ingredients. We like to use Brianna's Home Style Poppy Seed Dressing but any poppy seed dressing is fine.
- 1 bag prepared broccoli slaw
- 3/4 cup poppy seed dressing
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- Toss broccoli slaw and dressing in a large bowl.
- Add sunflower seeds and toss until combined.
- Refrigerate 1-2 hours or overnight before serving.
Are you noticing a pattern here? All 3 recipes have 3 basic ingredients. These marshmallow brownies are made with a boxed brownie mix (we think Ghirardelli are the best), mini marshmallows and your favorite canned frosting.
- 1 box brownie mix (I used Ghirardelli)
- 1/2 bag or 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 can of your favorite frosting (I used Duncan Hines Whipped Fluffy White Frosting)
- Bake brownies according to package directions.
- Remove brownies from oven and sprinkle mini marshmallows in a single layer on top of brownies.
- Turn oven off. Put pan back in oven for 2-3 minutes or until marshmallows melt and come together (watch them closely).
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Spread frosting over marshmallow.
- Cut into squares to serve.
I could also call this group of recipes the "easy way out" menu because that's exactly what they are, easy. And what's wrong with that? Now you will have more time to enjoy your family and friends instead of hanging out in the kitchen waiting for everything to be done! Isn't that more fun? I think so.