Weekend Roundup: Touchdown Dinners

Even though we’re not playing the game, we need fuel after it’s over. We found three hearty meals perfect for after the final whistle.
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Brita Nelson
I spend most Sundays cuddled up at home watching an all-day football marathon. There’s cheering, high fives and a house of hungry people once the final game ends. Even when it’s just my boyfriend and me, a full day of watching football leaves us craving dinner. 

To solve the rumbly-tummy symptoms, we’re always looking for hearty post-game meals. The problem is I’ve never known the right dish to make. This leads to reheated snacks from earlier in the day. But if I’ve learned anything from watching tackle sports all day, it’s that you never give up when you really want something (or when you’re sick of eating dip for dinner). This weekend, we’re suiting up to find the perfect dishes for after-game eats. 

SERVE

Slow-Cooked Barbecue Pork Sandwich

This Slow-Cooked Barbecue Pork Sandwich is automatically making my lineup because it’s a messy ‘wich (always a winner in my book). Plus it’s crazy easy to make – only 10 minutes prep, thanks to my slow cooker. With a little pre-game put-together, it’ll be ready to go as soon as we’re wrapping up our day.

STYLE

Football Pizza Pockets

Some might say that these Football Pizza Pockets are more of a snack than a meal, but I’m ready to argue. If you eat enough of them it’s dinner, especially for a shaped-food sucker like me. The tough part is going to be deciding to make them with Pillsbury Pie Crust or Pillsbury Pizza Crust. I can see strong arguments for both, so I’ll make a few of each and let it play out on the plate.

TRY

Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread
You’re not going to need a lot of convincing to try this Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread. While I won’t be painting my face with Buffalo sauce or blue cheese, I’m a bona fide fanatic of this dish. It’s more filling than nachos, but still easy to eat sans utensils and big enough for a group. 

What do you serve for dinner after game day? Share your ideas and favorites in the comments section below!