Kitchen Curious: On game day, pizza sliders are a win for everyone

Come Super Bowl Sunday, everyone will offer guacamole and chips. Change up the spread with Spicy Salami Pizza Sliders. CONTRIBUTED BY QUADRILLE
Come Super Bowl Sunday, everyone will offer guacamole and chips. Change up the spread with Spicy Salami Pizza Sliders. CONTRIBUTED BY QUADRILLE

The spread. What about the spread?

With the Super Bowl upon us, “the spread” means one thing to the sports betting crowd and a whole different thing to those who don’t care a whiff about either team playing in the biggest football game of the year, but who spare no occasion to eat well.

So let’s do this, people!

Come game day, everyone will offer guac and chips. Ditto on chicken wings served with ranch dressing and requisite zero-cal, I-ate-a veggie-today celery sticks. Lazy hosts — all they are really offering is their couch (and commentary) — will exert just enough energy to pick up their cellphones and call for pizza delivery.

You can do better.

Change up the spread with some pizza sliders. These are the hot sammies no one saw coming.

Made from a 12-roll package you can find in the bread aisle, then bulked up with melted mozzarella, pepperoni and a bit of seasoned tomato, these hot handhelds are filling and fun.

What’s more, they are easily doubled. The serving size is one roll, but when I served these sliders, folks grabbed two and seemed to look for more after they scarfed down what was in each fist.

In my book, an empty pan equates to a winner for the home cook, no matter who the crowd is rooting for.

Adapted from “Posh Sandwiches” by Rosie Reynolds, published by Quadrille (October 2018).

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