Final Four Food

April 6, 2019


It's game day! Do you know who I'm rooting for? The Michigan State Spartans, of course! I have them winning the entire tournament. My ESPN March Madness Bracket is at 90%. I have guessed 43 games correct, so far. If you are looking for a few game day food ideas, then scroll down. I have included a few recipes from my Trailgating section in my cookbook, Meals From the Mitten: Celebrating the Seasons in Michigan. 



Cheeseburger Deluxe Tater Tot Bites 

(Makes 18)


Special Sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon mustard 

3 tablespoons dill relish

1/8 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper 


2 lb package tater tots 


Cheeseburger Filling

1 tablespoon canola oil 

1 cup chopped onions

1 minced garlic clove

1 lb lean ground beef 

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce 

1 teaspoon salt 

1 teaspoon pepper 

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 



Bacon bits 

Shredded lettuce

Diced tomatoes 

Dill relish or chopped dill pickles 


Preheat oven to 425º-F. Spray regular size muffin tin with non-stick spray.


Make Sauce 

Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and mix together until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until assembly.


Prepare Tater Tots

Place 5 tater tots inside each muffin tin, bake for 20 minutes. This will be approximately 18 muffin cups. 


Make Cheeseburger Filling

In a large skillet, add oil and onions and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and ground beef and cook until meat is no longer pink. Stir in worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. 


Using the bottom of a shot glass or back of an ice cream scooper, lightly press inside center of each tater tot muffin cup to create a well. Spoon meat mixture inside of each tater tot well, then sprinkle cheese over meat. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.  



Garnish with bacon bits, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and special sauce. 




Game Day Sloppy Joes 







Hope you guys have a great weekend! It's finally opening weekend here at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and I hear a lot of ORV's driving by. The weather is also warming up, so it should be a great weekend! Go Green! Go White! 


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Gina Ferwerda is a cookbook author, TV personality, food and travel blogger, business entrepreneur, and co-founder of the 100+ Women Who Care of Oceana County. 


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