I saw this adorable idea while I was watching Restaurant Impossible on cooking television, because Chef Robert Irvine never fails to amaze and inspire me with his restaurant skills and his creative team. After watching his episodes for two years I am washing the kitchen and my hands more, seasoning my food more, and noticing much more detail about what I cook. My hat is off to Irvine.
So I spiffed this idea up with some scratch cooking, and here is an imaginative way to feed guests when they don't want to sit down to dinner because they are involved in the drama of the football season's end. You may even be planning a Super Bowl party, and I've got your back with these appetizers.
Tailgating is very popular in Tucson as well, because our winters are milder (hence our visitors every fall that are locally called Snowbirds). Those who winter down here aren't about to slow down in covering sports back home, either, so here is something that you can pack up and carry or put on a platter while your sports fans are focused on the game.
1 recipe of homemade biscuits
1/2 pound of ground beef or pork
1 cup of barbecue sauce (one of the Big Six)
Grated Cheddar cheese (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place the ground meat into a skillet and cook it over medium heat until you can't see any more pink. Add the barbecue sauce and stir until it is combined. Remove the barbecue from the stove and set aside.
Prepare the biscuits and cut them into rounds. Flatten them slightly and place 1 Tablespoon of barbecue filling into the center. Add a little grated cheese if you wish.
Fold the biscuit over the filling and pinch the edges together. Place the sloppy-joe hand pies on a baking sheet and bake them for 20 minutes or until the biscuits have browned around the edges. Serve hot.
The meat here could easily be shredded beef or pork, if you'd like to go into the Southern pulled-pork type of sandwich. I'd also recommend that the hand pies be served with Cole Slaw salad, which is a classic combination for barbecue in the South.
You could cook in half a shredded onion into the meat filling for flavor and texture, and it will make the meat go farther. Generally speaking, these will be very popular appetizers and you will need to multiply out how many you want to make and adjust your biscuit production and meat buying accordingly. One recipe of biscuits makes 5 or 6, which will help decide how many recipes you are going to make.