#SundaySupper is celebrating the biggest Game Day in the American sports calendar this weekend. Hosted by Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we’ve gathered together a feast of the perfect food to compliment any football festivities. I’m providing some BBQ veggie mini-burgers.
I have to be honest – my only knowledge of American Football comes from watching The Blind Side. So, basically, my understanding is that it’s a game a little more brutal than rugby, where you need a little guy to run very fast holding the ball, and a guy like Michael Oher to watch his blind side.
My knowledge of the traditions surrounding the game itself are just as hazy, gained mostly from American sitcoms. So, for the inspiration for my dish, I turned to The Blind Side. One scene in particular seems to capture the whole philosophy of #SundaySupper. It’s Thanksgiving. There’s a table groaning with food. Dad and children fill their plates, then lounge on various sofas, watching the game on TV. Michael, recently taken in by the family, sits alone at the table. Leigh Anne, the mom, played by Sandra Bullock, takes in the situation, then switches off the TV and gathers the others to the table, where they eat together, talking to one another, and for the first time in his life, Michael feels like part of a family.
Obviously, Game Day is a little different to Thanksgiving, and the whole point is to watch the game, so these little burgers (sliders, I guess you might call them) are portable enough to be eaten anywhere, but the BBQ flavour is inspired by Memphis – the setting for The Blind Side – and will hopefully bring people together, wherever they are.
Now, if you were worried that I were going all-out American on you, fear not. I’ve incorporated a traditional British twist by making the burger ‘bun’ out of scones (or biscuits, if you are American). These are a great gluten-free alternative to burger buns – they are easier to make gluten-free and they hold together much more successfully, creating a sturdy base for the burger. I added some cumin and cheese to give them a bit of flavour.
For the burgers themselves, I wanted a tasty, hearty vegetarian option, which might even satisfy meat-eaters, and which represented the flavours of Memphis. I used chickpeas as the base, with grilled, diced peppers and tomatoes, a few torn spinach leaves and a home-made BBQ sauce.
You can add any additional sauces that you like to complete the burger. They don’t take too long to make, and will hopefully slip in, unnoticed as burger imposters, to any American Game Day celebration.
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