So who is ready for football season to begin?! I know that I have been waiting for this time ever since the season ended last year! Football is kind of a big deal in my family. My parents have always been diehard Steelers’ fans (as am I) when it comes to professional football, and huge Penn State fans when it comes to college football. Lucky for me, Zach is also a diehard Penn State fan. We all get pretty excited when this time of year rolls around. What is the best part about celebrating football season? Well, the delicious snacks that go along with it! Duh!
I’m always looking for fun and creative ways to spruce up a tailgate or a game day party. I plan for days in advance and stress the day of like it’s Thanksgiving. I’m not kidding. This is totally my life.
I thought these Italian-style slow cooker meatballs were the perfect way to celebrate the coming of football season.
They are easy, and there is nothing I appreciate more in this world than an easy recipe when I have to serve a lot of people.
These meatballs are as simple as throwing all of the ingredients in a bowl together, mixing, browning and slow cooking. You don’t even have to make the marinara sauce (unless you want to)!
What’s even better is that these meatballs can be made ahead of time. I like to shape the balls and either refrigerate them (if I’m using them sooner rather than later), or freeze them for a month or two before I know that I will need them.
They are great in a buttered roll, on top of spaghetti, or all by themselves!
Let’s talk about this fabulous beer pairing!
Beer: Left Hand Brewing’s Chainsaw Ale
Brewed By: Left Hand Brewing
Style: American Strong Ale / Double ESB
Alcohol Content: 9.4%
Description: Left Hand Brewing’s Chainsaw Ale was the absolute perfect pairing for these meatballs. Although a limited release, this ale never seems to disappoint. It has a lot of herbal qualities that I just love when I crave a strong ale. The great thing about this particular beer, is that it is a strong ale kicked up a notch. It goes just a little bit above and beyond your average strong ale, and this I just love. It was the herbal, florally notes combined with hops that had me dying to pair these meatballs with this beer. I love hops and spice, and these meatballs have the perfect kick to them. They compliment each other well and highlight each other’s delicious flavors.
Happy Monday everyone! Here’s the recipe!