Semi-Homemade Homegating Recipes

When it comes to game-time entertaining, you want good food that doesn’t require hours of effort in the kitchen.  Which is why we’re sharing our favorite SEMI-homemade homegating recipes, using Harris Teeter Fresh Foods.

With Fresh Foods like rotisserie chicken, baby back ribs, pizza dough, pesto sauce, and prepared salads, your game time spread will be easier and tastier than ever!  

If that doesn’t entice you to save these recipes, how about these three words:  Baby Back Mac.  

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Tomato and Pesto Flatbread

A premade ball of pizza dough and store-bought pesto makes this Tomato Pesto Flatbread a super-easy treat to prepare.  Pro-Tip: Baking the tomatoes in advance means you won’t end up with soggy crust!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 lb. Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Pizza Dough, brought to room temperature
  • 1 container Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Basil Pesto
  • 1 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 large vine-ripe tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups Harris Teeter Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fresh Basil Leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Slice tomatoes into thin rounds.  Place them on a baking rack inserted on a rimmed baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt and bake, about 6 minutes, or until moist of the seeds and excess moisture has baked out.  

  3. Meanwhile, roll out dough onto a greased pizza tray.  Place in the oven and bake, about 8-9 minutes, or until lightly golden.

  4. Remove the pizza from the oven and spread pesto sauce on crust.  Top with mozzarella, then return to the oven for five minutes.  Remove from the oven and place the baked tomatoes on top.  Return to the oven until the pizza crust is deeply golden, the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the tomatoes are warmed through.  

  5. Remove from the oven and garnish with basil before slicing and serving.

Baby Back Mac

We’re taking the game-time spread up a notch (or five) with this Baby Back Mac!  Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Baby Back Ribs make this tasty add-in so simple, you’ll never make plain ol’ macaroni and cheese again.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10 servings


  • 2 racks of prepared Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Baby Back Ribs
  • 1 lb. Harris Teeter Elbow Pasta 
  • 4 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Butter, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. Harris Teeter All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Harris Teeter Half & Half
  • 2 ½ cups Harris Teeter Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Remove rib meat from the bones and set aside.  Discard the bones.

  2. Use 2 Tbsp. of the butter to grease a 9x13 baking dish.  

  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then cook the noodles according to package directions.  Drain.

  4. Melt the remaining butter in the emptied pasta pot.  Sprinkle the flour on top and whisk constantly, until smooth and forms a light brown paste. 

  5. Slowly pour in the half and half, stirring constantly.  Whisk until smooth, until the mixture begins to thicken and bubble.  Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cheese (reserving ½ cup), salt and pepper.

  6. Add the macaroni and rib meat into the pot and stir to combine.  Preheat the broiler.

  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the reserved cheese.  Put it in the broiler and bake until golden on top, about 4-5 minutes.  

  8. Remove from heat and let rest five minutes before serving.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders

If sliders are your game-time food of choice, you can’t go wrong with these easy-to-make Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders.  Using rotisserie chicken and premade coleslaw from Harris Teeter, you’ll save mega-time in the kitchen, but we won’t tell if you don’t!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 sliders


  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 12 ounce bottle Harris Teeter Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Simple Truth Organic Honey
  • ½ tsp. Harris Teeter Onion Powder
  • 5 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 12 slider buns
  • For the Sandwich:
  • HT Traders Peppercorn Ranch Dressing
  • Harris Teeter Bread & Butter Pickles
  • Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Shredded Slaw


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add buffalo sauce, honey, onion powder, and salt.  Stir until combined and cook until it comes to a gentle boil.  

  2. Remove from heat and stir in the chicken.  

  3. Place chicken on warmed slider buns, topped with slaw, blue cheese crumbles, pickles and ranch dressing.

  4. Enjoy immediately.

Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.