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Great Fun Gourmet Recipes

Italian Sausage Sliders
Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese Chicken Sausage Quesadillas
MVP Chili
Sausage Dippers

(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 gourmet 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 gourmet flavor that will score big with fans of all ages. To get more gourmet recipes to feed your hungry crowd, 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:

Italian Sausage Sliders


  • 2 pounds Johnsonville All Natural Ground Sausage or links, decased
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 slider buns or mini sandwich rolls
  • Condiments


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Test for doneness. Internal tem perature should be 160°F.
  4. Slice buns and top sliders with your favorite condiments.

Makes: 16 sliders, 6 to 8 servings

Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese Chicken Sausage Quesadillas


  • 12 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) Johnsonville Chipotle Monterey Jack Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • Salsa (optional)


  1. Place 3 tortillas on a large greased baking sheet. Sprinkle each with sausage, red pepper, green onion and cheese. Top each with a tortilla.
  2. Place baking sheet on the center oven rack. Broil for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  3. Cut into wedges. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve with salsa.

Makes 6 servings

MVP Chili


  • 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)


  1. Decase sausage and sauté in a large pot; use a wooden spoon to crumble sausage as it cooks.
  2. Once sausage is nicely browned, stir in onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin and continue cooking until onion softens, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add beer and allow it to simmer for an additional 5 minutes, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and allow it to simmer, uncovered for an additional 10 to 15 minutes on medium-low, stirring occasionally.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
  6. Finally, stir in beans and corn.
  7. Let this come to a simmer and it's ready to serve.
  8. Can be prepared a day ahead.

Makes 12 cups, 6 to 8 servings

Sausage Dippers


  • 3 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)
Spicy Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) hot sauce
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) blue cheese salad dressing
Orange Bourbon Barbecue Dip
  • 1 cup original or bourbon barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
Chinese Dipping Sauce
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) hoisin sauce
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) plum sauce
Creamy Mustard Dip
  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
Cajun Mustard Dip
  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste


  1. Cut sausage links into 1-inch pieces
  2. In large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until lightly browned and heated through.
  3. Serve with toothpicks and dipping sauces.
  4. Spicy Hot Buffalo Sauce: In microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and hot sauce. Cover and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until butter is melted.
  5. Stir until smooth.
  6. Serve buffalo sauce in one bowl and blue cheese dressing in another bowl. Makes: 2 cups buffalo sauce plus 2 cups blue cheese dressing
  7. Orange Bourbon Barbecue Dip: In microwave-safe bowl, combine barbecue sauce and orange marmalade.
  8. Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Makes: 1 1/4 cups servings
  9. Chinese Dipping Sauce: In microwave-safe bowl, combine hoisin sauce and plum sauce.
  10. Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Makes: 1 1/2 cups
  11. Creamy Mustard Dip: In bowl, combine mustard, sour cream and horseradish. Makes: 1 1/3 cups
  12. Cajun Mustard Dip: In bowl, combine mustard, seasoning and hot pepper sauce. Makes: 1 cup

Makes 18 servings