Barbecue Shrimp Po' Boy
This is the Big Easy's specific take on BBQ shrimp (which involves neither a grill, nor BBQ sauce). Shrimp is quickly simmered in garlicky butter with rosemary and Worcestershire—no deep frying necessary. A homemade remoulade is yards better than the jarred stuff; make it the day before to let the flavors meld.
Grilled Pizza Panini Sandwich
The Grilled Pizza Pie Panini is a two-for-one cheesy mashup. Once you've made the pesto, you're about 15 minutes away from a melty, gooey pizza with two crispy crusts—and I know you've been itching to do at least some grilling for the big day.
Barbecue Chicken Biscuit Pull-Apart Sandwich
The Barbecue Chicken Biscuit Pull-Apart is the sandwich version of hot wings with rich buttermilk ranch dressing and sliced celery. The chicken is rubbed with paprika and cayenne for spice, and you can stir hot sauce into the ranch or BBQ sauce to kick it up even further. The chicken is hands-off once it goes into the oven, and can be made ahead of time and reheated before the game.
Bacon-Banana Waffle Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup
The sweet and salty Bacon-Banana Waffle Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup is a guaranteed winner. The banana filling is caramelized in bacon fat, and then mixed with maple syrup and peanut butter; making extra is advised.
The Open-Faced Cheeseburger Sub
The Open-Face cheeseburger sub is part meatloaf, part cheesesteak. Ground beef, caramelized onions, ketchup and Worcestershire all mixed together and slathered onto ciabatta garlic bread, and topped with sharp Cheddar. Put out a toppings bar so your guests can doctor their own sandwiches.