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Final Four Food

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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.

Deluxe Tater Tot Bites

Game Day Sloppy Joes

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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