Hormel + Foodbuzz = another great Tastemaker opportunity! Being outnumbered four to one in the gender department, I knew MY family would definitely support a Hormel Party. Hubby was the first to encourage the event. The product and coupons arrived last Wednesday afternoon and the hub’s immediate response was, “Do the party tomorrow night for the game!” Football, Ham, and Pepperoni, how could I loose right. With the upcoming weekends scheduled to the Holiday hilt, Thursday night worked very well. Additionally, Hormel products are typically ready-made which makes recipe preparation fast and easy. What’s more, Red invited his girlfriend which made me feel less outnumbered lol.
In shopping for the party not only did I purchase Hormel Cure 81 boneless ham and original pepperoni but two varieties of new Chili Master, the chipotle chicken with beans and roasted tomato with beans. The chili turned out to be a tasty party addition and one of my favorites.
The menu included All American and Mexican infused filled crescent roll ups, two varieties of Hormel Stromboli, and loaded spicy chipotle chili cheese fries. Of course, I served the classic pepperoni, ham, and cheese tray with crackers. The ham salad I originally planned to include ended up being prepared and served the next day but we can talk about salads on a warmer day.
1 pizza dough (refrigerated classic pizza crust or home made)
8-10 slices Cure 81® quarter ham
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced thin, pre cooked, drained well
1/2 small onion, sliced, pre cooked, drained well
Hormel® real bacon bits
Pre heat oven to 375. Sprinkle work surface with cornmeal. Unroll packaged pizza crust, pressing lightly to form a uniform 12” square. Layer ingredients on one-half of the dough in the order given. Mound shredded cheese layer in the center of the ham, as it will spread during baking. Fold open side of dough over layers. Press the folded edge into bottom edge and pinch closed. If there is enough dough at bottom edge, fold the bottom edge over the top and then pinch. I prefer this method as it seals in the juices nicely. Lightly brush top with olive oil for a crispy crust. Make two vent holes it the top of the dough, place on a sheet pan, or preheated baking stone. Bake for 20 minutes.
Stromboli is the perfect party food in my opinion. Change up the ingredients to suite your taste or party theme. We also enjoyed a Hormel Italian Style Stromboli filled with Cure 81® ham, Hormel sliced pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese, onion, and black olives. The stromboli was seasoned with Italian seasoning and grated Romano cheese before closing.
Filled Crescent Rolls
Unbelievably, this was my first filled crescent roll attempt! Now I know why so many rave about them. In addition to the ease of preparation, their versatility is unbelievable. Y’all would have laughed watching me roll these I am sure. I turned the triangular dough at least five times. Huh? After rolling about half, I got the hang of it as you can tell by the rather unique shapes. Anyway, the All American rolls were filled with ham strips, shredded sharp cheddar, and onion. The Mexican infused rolls were filled with diced tomato, green chili peppers, bacon bits, black olive pieces, and sprinkled with chili powder.
Finally, I baked a batch of seasoned fries then topped them with the new Chili Master Chipotle chicken with beans, shredded Colby and cheddar cheese, and a whole package of bacon bits; never can have too much bacon on loaded fries. This was served with salsa, black olives, and sour cream on the side. The Chili Master is extremely flavorful and chunky in a lighter sauce whereas the original Hormel chili more dense and thick.
Everyone was impressed with the flavor and quality of the Hormel foods, especially the Cure 81 ham. My niece was super excited about the $10 Hormel Cure 81 coupons. And her hubby just loves ham, thus the super excitement. Oh and about the football game… Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans viewed in HD, of course – “The Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts ended their three-game losing streak by beating the Tennessee Titans 30-28 on Thursday.” Besides that, Peyton Manning had 300 yards passing for the 63rd time, tying Dan Marino for the most ever. Score!
Thanks to Hormel and Foodbuzz for providing me with Hormel products and coupons to host a fabulously flavorful and fun Hormel party!