Football season excites me – not really because of the football and actually more because of the food. Let’s talk New England Patriots, why we love them (and why some people love to hate them), and what football foods are the best to serve at a watch party.
This post is sponsored by Kayem.
Sports fans are born in a variety of ways: whether your Dad was a big football fan, your family loved attending local games…or you’re like me and married a New England Patriots fan. Five years ago, I not only said vows to love and cherish my husband, but to also love the Pats. It’s funny how being a Patriots fan works – normally only found in New England and when you step outside of those boundaries, you’re no longer in that “Patriots or Nothing” bubble. Honestly, I love it! And what best way to celebrate our love of football than by hosting a watch party?
Let’s get this straight though – I love the Patriots but know not one single thing about the game of football other than you eat delicious foods while watching them play. Thankfully, Kayem offered to sponsor this watch party so I was in charge of all the foods.
Here’s what I served for a group of 12 friends:
- Fire Roasted Sausage Puffs with Ketchup and Whole Grain Mustard
- Sweet Pepper Provolone Sausage & Peppers with Rolls
- Andouille Sausage & Quinoa Chili (recipe below)
Kayem has a large variety of artisan sausages that really make recipes quite easy – they are already packed with so much flavor, it just takes a couple extra ingredients to put together a good dish. For the puffs, simply wrap sliced sausage in puff pastry and bake. The sausage & peppers was just that – chopped sausages sautéed with peppers until crisp, so good.
Guess the First Touchdown Contest
Kayem, the Official Frank and Sausage of the New England Patriots is giving you a unique way to win this football season. Correctly guess each week who the first Patriots player to score the first touchdown of the game is & you’ll be entered to win an autographed Patriots football & Kayem Franks for one year!
- 1 package of four artisan Kayem sausages, chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 1, 15 ounce can black beans
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon salt, or more to taste
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- In a large stock pot, saute the chopped sausage for 5 minutes.
- Add the carrots, celery, and onions and cook until vegetables have soften.
- Add tomatoes, beans, chicken stock, and spices.
- Let simmer for 30 minutes and then add quinoa, stirring to combine.
- Serve immediately or freeze in portions for future meals.