Fargo is gearing up to welcome back ESPN’s Game Day show, and we want you to be ready for the big day! Here are some of our favorite recipes for game day, whether you’re tailgating or watching the game from home.
Also, be sure to check out our Party Dip Recipes section for a ton of great recipes from last fall’s recipe contest in search of the Perfect Party Dip.
Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onion “Sangwich” - Serve it up like they did in Tony’s old Toronto neighborhood, or skip the red peppers and highlight the green and gold in honor of the NDSU BISON! In Fargo, we like to use Mexican Bolillo rolls or Portuguese hard rolls for this sandwich, er, sangwich.
Hot Beef Taco Dip - This hearty ground beef dip is full of the classic taco flavors and will help keep you warm and happy throughout the game.
Jalapeno Popper Dip - It’s hard to believe, but this party dip tastes exactly like a jalapeno popper, and is almost embarrassingly delicious.
Cincinnati Chili - We serve this regional specialty 4-way or 5-way over spaghetti or Coney style over hot dogs, but it’s so good you can even eat it on a spoon.
Gio’s Meatballs - Keep these Italian-style meatballs warm in a crock pot and serve with our Easy Tomato Sauce over spaghetti or in sandwich form on ciabatta rolls or a French baguette. Easy to make and mild in seasoning, this is a great recipe for kids to make and eat! SOUP! - Make a crock of soup and stay warm at the tailgate – The Lost Italian has more than 20 great soup recipes for you!
Corn Fritters – sweet corn is still in season, and these corn fritters are the perfect way to showcase it!
Blackened Sirloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce - Super easy to make, this sirloin is served chilled and can be prepared well in advance. Every time we serve this we get asked for the recipe – and the horseradish cream sauce is so good you’ll find yourself looking for reasons to make it. (It’s also great with bison, roast tenderloin, grilled sirloin roast, potatoes, on a spoon…you get the idea.) Sicilian Arancini Balls - These little, fried golden orbs are filled with risotto, green peas and ground beef, and they are heavenly when served with our Easy Tomato Sauce for dipping. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Crostini - We can all use a splash of summer, and this Italian tri-colored appetizer does the trick. Forza Azzurri! (I know, I know, that only works for FUTBOL, not football, but I’m just Italian-by-Marriage after all…) Easy Vinaigrette Potato Salad - Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser, this simple salad consists of Yukon Gold potatoes, green onions, cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper. Bruschetta – You’ve got the grill fired up already, so why not throw on some slices of French bread and make some quick Bruschetta with Green Olive Tapenade or Tomato Anchovy Relish? We love the flavor that anchovies bring to a dish, and these two toppings for bruschetta are full of great flavor, easy to make and absolute crowd pleasers.
Honey Gorgonzola Hearts of Romaine Salad - We love to showcase North Dakota whenever we can, and this salad is the perfect way to do it since ND is the #1 producer of honey in the nation! We also know a thing or two about football… Basil Pesto Pasta Salad - This colorful, delicious pasta salad can be made in advance and served at room temperature. Clipper Chippers – a.k.a., the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie! These cookies are packed with milk chocolate chips, three different kinds of nuts, and two liqueurs, and they are amazing!
Tiramisu - Because every party deserves a little Italian “pick me up.” Need we say more? Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake – This dessert is always a hit with our guests at Sarello’s, and you can cut the cake into bar-sized bites for your game day party! Buttermilk Brownies - Skip the peppermint extract and festive candy cane topping for this occasion and enjoy the wonderful deliciousness of these moist and airy brownies with their incredible cooked chocolate frosting. You could even add green and gold sprinkles just after applying the frosting! #GOBISON! We hope you find this list fun, festive and helpful. We would love to know what’s on YOUR menu for Saturday’s Bison Game (Day), so be sure to leave your answer in the Comments section below. GO BISON!!!!!!!