One recipe, three great party snacks.
No one wants to spend the entire evening in the kitchen, but bagged chips and bland microwave snacks aren't going to satisfy hungry gridiron fans. We have the perfect solution: one easy recipe that can be made into a trio of tasty snacks that are sure to please even the hungriest party-goers.
Snack Food For Every Party
The foundation for our great trio of treats is a succulent, juicy pork roast slow-cooked overnight so it's ready to go the day of the big game. All these snacks can be made ahead or assembled quickly just before the game.
Smokey Shredded Pork
- ½ cup coarse salt
- 1 Tbsp. fresh ground pepper
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 3 Tbsp. smoked paprika
- 2 Tbsp. ground coriander
- 1 Tbsp. cumin
- 1 Tbsp. dry mustard
- 1/2-1/4 tsp. chipotle chili powder
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 6-8 lbs. Boston butt roast
- 2 large yellow onions
- 1/4 cup water or broth
Combine first eight ingredients well. This will constitute the pork rub, and you'll probably have some left over. Store leftover spice rub in an airtight container for up to a year.
- Trim roast of any large pieces of fat, gristle or silver skin. Rub oil over surface of pork and dust roast with 1/4 cup of spice rub. Massage the meat with the rub and wrap in a plastic bag. Let the roast rest for 6 hours or up to overnight in the fridge (the longer the better).
- Slice onions in large chunks and place in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add broth. Rest roast on top of onion and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Remove roast from slow cooker and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Shred meat with two forks.
Party Appetizer Options
Now that you have a delicious staple of smoky pork roast, you can make a wide variety of easy snackable food. Here are three ways to use shredded pork that will be the highlight of any Super Bowl party.
Pork and Black Bean Nachos
Make some amazing Nachos by topping a large platter of tortilla chips with shredded sharp cheddar, a can of drained and rinsed black beans, and lots of smokey shredded pork. Broil in a 500? oven for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Add fresh salsa, pickled jalapenos, sour cream and avocado slices or guacamole.
Pulled Pork and Pineapple Sliders
Add some of your favorite BBQ sauce to shredded pork. Split small dinner rolls and top with pork mixture, some diced sweet red onion and a thin slice of fresh pineapple.
Pirozhki, sometimes called piroshky, are delicious Russian stuffed buns that can be baked or fried. To make them at home, use some homemade or thawed frozen bread dough. Allow dough to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume. Lightly dust a countertop with flour. Pinch off golf-ball sized pieces of dough and roll them out into 4 inch disks. Fill each disk with a generous tablespoon of shredded pork. Fold dough edges together and press to seal. The finished product should look like a large dinner roll. Bake pirozhki in a 350? oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. For a more traditional recipe, add cooked potatoes, onions, and/or cabbage to pork mixture.