Halloween Game Day – Mummy Dogs and Chili Cheese Potatoes Wedges

A Halloween and Monday night football dinner combo that is easy, fun for the kids and ideal football food! What’s more the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program sent me Simply Potatoes coupons which made this meal even easier.

First I made a quick chili con carne. Brown a half pound of ground sirloin beef, stirring while cooking to fine crumble the beef. Next tossed in chopped onions, green peppers, and garlic and cooked until fragrant. Add about a tablespoon of chili powder, 1 can of Rotel tomatoes with green chili peppers, a can of rinsed pinto beans, 1 small can of tomato sauce, a teaspoon of cumin and salt to taste. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or so stirring occasionally.

Red Chili Cheese Potatoes

1 bag Simply Red Potato Wedges
Oil for frying
Cajun Seasoning
2 cups chili
8 ozs. Sargento® Fancy Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican Cheeses

Brown Simply Potatoes in oil, season while cooking. Arrange in baking dish, cover with chili, top with cheese and bake until cheese is melted and edges are brown. Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, or your favorite taco toppings.

Mummy Dogs
Adapted from Pillsbury

1-8 oz can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls
8 all beef hot dogs
Cooking spray
Mustard or ketchup

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Unroll dough and separate at perforations. With knife or pizza cutter, cut each roll into thinner strips of dough. Wrap strips of dough around each hot dog to look like "bandages," stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog.

About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog separate bandages so hot dog shows through for the face. Place mummy dogs on a large baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown. When done let cool a bit and add some mustard eyes.

Even though we have no little ones at home, this was a really fun meal. Hubby was impressed with the mummy dogs and enjoyed dunking them in the chili. The light flaky crust was nice alternative to a hot dog bun too.

Chili cheese fries are one of my favorite snacks. The Simply Potatoes provided a quick potato base however they were not what I expected. The potatoes absorbed much of the oil flavor while browning rather than the Cajun flavor as I expected [sad face]. Next time I will brown them in an olive oil rather than canola and cook a few cloves of garlic preceding the browning in order to enhance the flavor. Other than that, the chili cheese fries were yummy. Dad and I finished the plate before the game ended!

Happy Halloween

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