The inaugural college football championship game is coming on Monday. Like you, we’re interested to see who wins. Two great teams (Oregon and Ohio State) will battle it out, and as a nation who loves crowning a champion, we thought a few themed dishes were in order. No matter which side of the gridiron you’re rooting for, we’ve got your snack table covered. We’ve developed a delicious (and easy) slow cooker recipe for each team, based on local treats and traditions.
Oregon is the home of the Marionberry – or the Marion blackberry – which we used in a simple barbecue sauce over turkey meatballs. The meatballs are baked first, then added to a barbecue sauce made with marionberry jam in a slow cooker. If Marionberry jam is not available (You should be able to find it at Whole Foods, specialty grocers or Amazon.com.), blackberry jam can be substituted.
Ohio State Buckeye fans love big tailgating parties and they really love their tailgating food. You’ll find peanut butter and chocolate buckeye candies and plenty of wings and dips. For a more filling main-course option, we thought bratwursts in beer would be stadium appropriate. First, the brats are browned, then added to a slow cooker with peppers, onions and beer. We used a nice dark stout, but feel free to use whatever beer brings your team the best luck.
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