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January 26, 2012 - MISSION, KS

(Family Features) Sports-hungry fans need some serious eats to fuel their game-day fun. When friends and family get together at your place to take in the big game, make sure you have great food ready to keep them satisfied all the way until the clock runs out.

These Italian Sausage Sliders, Sausage Dippers and Sauces, Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese Quesadillas and an all-star MVP Chili from Johnsonville are packed with flavor that will score big with fans of all ages. To get more game-day recipes to feed your hungry crowd, visit

Chili Station
Be a true chili champ by setting up a crowd-pleasing chili station with some of these winning ideas:

-- Give guests the option to top brats or baked potatoes with chili.

-- Serve it in large mugs so it's easy to manage.

-- Serve in mini bread bowls -- just hollow out small, round sourdough loaves, toast them in the oven for a few minutes to firm up the inside of the bowl, then fill with chili.

-- Set out a variety of toppings and sides guests can use to customize their chili:

MVP Chili
Makes: 12 cups, 6 to 8 servings
2 packages (19 ounces) Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage Links, casings
removed (use mild links for a less spicy chili)
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder (use mild chili powder for less spicy chili)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 bottle (12 ounces) dark beer (can substitute with light beer
or 1 cup beef stock)
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and pepper
1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans
1 can (15.5 ounces) red kidney beans
1 1/2 cups corn (frozen or fresh off the cob)

Decase sausage and sauté in a large pot; use a wooden spoon to crumble sausage as it cooks.

Once sausage is nicely browned, stir in onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin and continue cooking until onion softens, about 5 minutes.

Add beer and allow it to simmer for an additional 5 minutes, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan.

Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and allow it to simmer, uncovered for an additional 10 to 15 minutes on medium-low, stirring occasionally.

Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Finally, stir in beans and corn.

Let this come to a simmer and it's ready to serve.

Can be prepared a day ahead.

Italian Sausage SlidersMakes: 16 sliders, 6 to 8 servings 2 pounds Johnsonville All Natural Ground Sausage or links, decased1 pound ground beef16 slider buns or mini sandwich rolls Condiments

In large bowl, combine sausage and beef. Using your hands, blend meats together and form into one large ball. Use a spoon or a small measuring cup to gather up about a 3-ounce ball and press into patties.

In large skillet over medium-high heat, pan fry 4 or 5 sliders at a time. Cook for about 3 minutes, then flip and continue cooking for another 3 minutes.

Test for doneness. Internal temperature should be 160°F.

Slice buns and top sliders with your favorite condiments.

Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese Chicken Sausage QuesadillasMakes: 6 servings12 flour tortillas (8 inches)1 package (12 ounces) Johnsonville Chipotle Monterey Jack Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage, chopped1 red bell pepper, finely chopped3 green onions, chopped3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Colby Jack cheese Salsa (optional)

Place 3 tortillas on a large greased baking sheet. Sprinkle each with sausage, red pepper, green onion and cheese. Top each with a tortilla.

Place baking sheet on the center oven rack. Broil for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Cut into wedges. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve with salsa.

Sausage DippersMakes: 18 servings3 packages (13.5-14 ounces each) Johnsonville Smoked Sausage (such as Beddar with Cheddar, Jalapeño & Cheddar, Turkey with Cheddar or Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese Chicken Sausage)

Cut sausage links into 1-inch pieces.

In large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until lightly browned and heated through.

Serve with toothpicks and dipping sauces.

Spicy Hot Buffalo SauceMakes: 2 cups buffalo sauce plus2 cups blue cheese dressing1/2 cup butter, cubed1 bottle (12 ounces) hot sauce1 bottle (16 ounces) blue cheese salad dressing

In microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and hot sauce. Cover and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until butter is melted.

Stir until smooth.

Serve buffalo sauce in one bowl and blue cheese dressing in another bowl.

Orange Bourbon Barbecue DipMakes: 1 1/4 cups servings1 cup original or bourbon barbecue sauce1/4 cup orange marmalade

In microwave-safe bowl, combine barbecue sauce and orange marmalade.

Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through.

Chinese Dipping SauceMakes: 1 1/2 cups1 jar (7 ounces) hoisin sauce1 jar (7 ounces) plum sauce

In microwave-safe bowl, combine hoisin sauce and plum sauce.

Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through.

Creamy Mustard DipMakes: 1 1/3 cups1 cup spicy brown mustard1/4 cup sour cream2 tablespoons horseradish

In bowl, combine mustard, sour cream and horseradish.

Cajun Mustard DipMakes: 1 cup1 cup spicy brown mustard1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning Hot pepper sauce, to taste

In bowl, combine mustard, seasoning and hot pepper sauce.

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