Try making these game day snacks at home

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Dan Bolyard/courtesy photo Shrimp, hot wings and sliders make a game – or any other event – tastier.

I was going to watch the game the other day but was stuck at home. How do you go about recreating food you might eat while watching the game?

It will take a little bit of planning, as there are some ingredients here you may not normally have floating around the house. I chose to fry the shrimp instead of bake it as the shrimp will turn tough with the longer cooking time baking them would require. Also, I’m not a big fan of hot sauce for the wings. If that is you too, you could sub a savory sauce, like barbecue.

Sliders are super easy to make, though finding the buns can be tough. My solution is to use the Hawaiian style sweet rolls. They are nice and soft, easy to slice, and brown quickly.

To brown the rolls, I had them sliced and otherwise ready to go. In a frying pan, I fried up my hamburger patties, using ground beef with an 80/20 meat-to-fat ratio. When the patties were done, and the pan was still hot, I quickly scraped any dark pieces to the side of the pan and then placed the rolls cut side down onto the hot pan. Whether you drain it or not is up to you. A little bit of fat is fine, as it will add flavor to the roll. The rolls brown super quick, so keep an eye on them.

BREADED SHRIMP

1 quart vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups dry bread crumbs

1/2 cup flour

4 cups shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 egg, beaten

Heat oil in a large skillet to 350 degrees over medium-high heat. Use a thermometer to tell where the temp is. Mix together the flour and crumbs. Dip the shrimp in the egg, then coat the shrimp with bread crumbs. Carefully place a few shrimp at a time in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Carefully remove from the hot oil and place on a layer of paper towels to drain. Repeat for the remaining shrimp.

HOT WINGS

16 chicken wing sections

1/2 cup hot sauce

1 cup Panko breadcrumbs

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/4 cup mayo

2 tablespoons hot sauce

1 cup flour

Place chicken in a bowl bag with the 1/2 cup of hot sauce. Stir well, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. In a food processor, place in the breadcrumbs, flour, salt, pepper, and vegetable oil. Process until well blended. Place breadcrumb mixture into a bowl. In another smaller bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and hot sauce. Place the last cup of flour in a separate bowl. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drain the wings. Coat the wings a few at a time in the flour, then coat in the mayo mix, then toss in the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a rimmed baking pan, with a little space between each piece. Repeat with the remaining wings. Place pan in the oven and bake for about an hour. The coating should be crispy and crunchy when done. Serve as is or with a creamy dressing.

SLIDERS

1/2 pound ground beef

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup sliced onion, cut to about 1/2 inch length

4 slices cheddar cheese

4 Hawaiian sweet rolls, cut in half

Mayonnaise

Preheat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Divide the meat into 4 equal portions. Form into patties and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Place in the hot frying pan and brown to desired doneness on both sides. Place in onions and cook with the patties, stirring as needed. Remove when browned nicely. When the patties are nearly done, top with cheese to allow it to melt a bit. Remove patties and onion from pan and set aside. Place rolls cut side down into frying pan and allow to brown lightly. Remove from pan and place a patty on the bottom side of the roll. Place on a bit of the cooked onion. Place a dab of mayonnaise on the browned side of the upper part of the roll then use it to top the slider. Serve right away.

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