We’re college football fans over here, which means ALL day Saturday from noon on is taken up by football. We spend the mornings at our kids’ sports events and by the time we get home, I don’t have much time to figure out what I’m making for the games, run to the store, make it and still hang out with friends for 8 hours. And hanging out with friends for 8 hours is very important.
So, just like I did in the spring with my freezer cooking, I’ve figured out a way to dance around it and prep my football food ahead of time! Most of these aren’t actual meals, but they’re items that I can quick pull out of the freezer and bake from frozen. And, after all, football get-togethers are more about 26 appetizers than they are an actual meal, right??
The first thing I do is make up 3 batches of Pioneer Woman’s pizza dough and let it sit in the fridge over night. The next morning I hop over to the store and see what meats I can find on sale,
This is just an example of what I bought that day. I got multiple packs of each (they were about 3-4 days from the SELL BY date when I bought them). I’m well aware that not every store marks their meat down this much… heck, I can’t even always find it this cheap, but you can still buy bulk packs of meat to get a cheaper cost.
Once I got home, I threw most of my chicken into a stock pot with water and simmered it, covered, for about an hour until the chicken was cooked through. Once it’s cooled, I shred about 2/3 of it and cubed the other 1/3. About half of all of that got split between quart size bags and it’s officially read for the freezer. I can pull these out anytime I want for a taco bar, dips, sandwich wraps, chicken salad sliders, nachos, white chicken chili, chicken tortilla soup, etc.
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