Super Sliders — Comfort Food Feast

Even with boatloads of nachos, nonstop chicken wings and all the guacamole you can sink your chips into, there's one game-day dish that a football fan — or commercial aficionado — can't live without. It's a little sandwich we like to call the slider. Champion of the happy hour menu and bite-size rendering of a national favorite, these wee sandwiches are a mandatory competitor in your big-game spread.

To keep it simple, kick it off with Ina Garten's classic beef sliders. With only the kiss of a grill, these mini burgers don't need a fancy sauce — just that obligatory squeeze of ketchup.

How can Triple Pork Sliders (pictured above) pack in three types of pork, you ask? Each little sandwich features ground pork, fresh Mexican chorizo and crisp, smoky bacon. Now that's a combo worthy of a championship.

If sauce is what you're after, Bobby Flay's Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise are finished with a semi-homemade swipe of smokiness.

You can bring a barbecue favorite to your sliders too. Anne Burrell's Pulled Pork Sliders are so smoky and succulent, they'll distract even the biggest of football fans.

The iconic meatball sub may have already achieved superstar status, but Ree's Mini Meatball Sliders prove that good things do come in small packages. Use store-bought sauce and pregrated mozzarella so you can stay glued to the game.

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Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

For a Super Bowl party on a budget, look no further than Melissa d'Arabian's Beef and Black Bean Sliders. Stretching ground beef by mixing in beans is the easiest way to affordably feed a crowd — even if we're talking little sliders.

We're jealous of whomever gets to spend the big game with the Sandwich King. Jeff Mauro's fleet of super sliders goes beyond the classic lettuce-tomato-onion equation. Start by nixing traditional hot wings and bring their red-hot vibe to Buffalo Chicken Sliders instead.

Or sink your teeth into Jeff's Fried Mortadella and Salami Sliders. Frying up the thin, salty meats adds a delicate crispness that jives perfectly with crunchy dill pickle chips.

Unite two much-loved sandwiches in Jeff's Reuben Meatball Sliders. Just like corned beef, juicy meatballs are a vision when paired with creamy Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut. There's a way to bring some undercover elegance to fun, bite-size sandwiches too.

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Con Poulos

With buttery crab meat, crispy bacon and all the fixins, Jeff's Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange Aioli fit into your big-game spread with their big flavor.

With these slider recipes under your belt, it's game on.

Get more slider recipes from friends and family:

Jeanette's Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Maryland Crab Cake Sliders

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Shredded Beef Sliders

Dishin & Dishes: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Blue Apron Blog: 5 Tricks to a Great Slider

Virtually Homemade: Meatball Sliders

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