Football Food Match Up: Shrimp and Grits Sliders and an IPA vs Crab Cake Sliders and a Pilsner
Which slider recipes will come out on top: Crab Cake Sliders made with Kettle Brand Sea Salt and Vinegar Chips, paired with a pilsner, or Shrimp and Grits Sliders made with Kettle Brand Maple Bacon Chips paired with an IPA?
I’m going to wager a bet that your weekend may be spent, in part, gathered around a TV, screaming at millionaires fighting over an oval object. Only, of course, if you’ve decided to watch the Super Bowl. Maybe you’re rooting for one of the teams, or just rooting against the other. Maybe you don’t really care either way as long as the food is good.
That’s why I’m here. To make both the food and the wagering more interesting, especially for that last set. For those of us whose teams have long since packed up their away game jerseys and started their vacations. You can still get in on the head-to-head beating action.
I’ve teamed up with Kettle Brand to bring you a bet that no one loses, inspired by the two remaining football teams.
For the New England Patriots I made some sliders inspired by both their hometown and their team colors, and I’ve paired it with a beer that plays perfectly with the flavors.
Crab Cake Sliders made with Kettle Brand Sea Salt and Vinegar Chips, paired with a pilsner
For the Atlanta Falcons I drew some Southern inspiration to bring you a slider like no other I’ve seen before, a re-imagination of one of my favorite dishes from the South. I’ve paired it with a beer that packs a punch, perfect for the sliders.
Shrimp and Grits Sliders made with Kettle Brand Maple Bacon Chips paired with an IPA
So here is your game day challenge: Make the sliders, pair them with the beer, and have your guests pick the best match. Will the winning sliders be the same team that wins on the field? Who knows. But I’m certain that unlike what will happen on the field, there will be no losers on your food table.
- 3.5 wt oz (about 4 cups) Salt and Vinegar Kettle Brand Chips
- 12 oz lump crab meat
- ½ teaspoon (3g) salt
- ½ teaspoon (1g) pepper
- pinch cayenne
- ½ teaspoon (2g) Old Bay seasoning
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon (2g) chives, chopped
- ½ a large red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon (28g) unsalted butter
- 1 cup (224g) mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons (28g) pilsner
- 1 tablespoons (15g) Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon (5g) cream style horseradish
- 1 teaspoon (3g) hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon (8g) lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon (4g) garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon (3g) creole seasoning
- 1 tablespoon (2g) chopped chives
- ¼ teaspoon (.5g) paprika
- 12 slider buns
- green leaf lettuce
- Add the chips to a food processor, process until just crumbs remain.
- Add the chips, crab meat, salt, pepper, cayenne, Old Bay, egg, chives, and bell pepper, mix to combine.
- Lay a sheet of aluminum foil on a flat surface. Form the crab cake mixture into a long log down the center of the aluminum foil, roll the foil around the log until tightly covered, twist the ends.
- Place the log in the freezer for 15 minutes (to make this in advance, refrigerate for up to 24 hours, then freeze just prior to use).
- Remove from the freezer and slice the log into 12, 1-inch slices.
- Heat the butter in a large skillet. A few at a time, gently press the circles with a flat hand to make them slightly thinner and more compact.
- Place the crab cakes in the skillet, cooking on both sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the skillet, place on a stack of paper towels.
- Stir together all the remoulade ingredients until well combined.
- To assemble the sliders add a piece of lettuce, and a crab cake to the middle of each bun, drizzle with remoulade, serve immediately, with a pilsner.
For the easiest way to make a batch of crab cakes, try this simple trick:
This post was sponsored by Kettle Brand. Partnerships with The Beeroness and outside companies are rare and only occur when the company’s products are ones I use and enjoy myself. All ideas and opinions are my own