Jon Hameister-Ries may have started his career in the CFL, but the Vancouverite has found a new stadium to play in – the kitchen. As a finalist on MasterChef Canada’s second season, the retired lineman for the B.C. Lions is attempting to score a white apron among the popular home-cook competition's Top 16 with a wagyu beef dish paired with his Grandma Reis’ pierogi tower.
While the Edmonton-born cooking enthusiast dreams of starting his own smokehouse empire (and opening 20 locations by his 40th birthday!), Jon’s journey will truly begin on a very serendipitous day: Super Bowl Sunday.
With that in mind – and as we await the premiere of MasterChef Canada’s new season (Feb. 1 at 10pm ET on CTV) – we’ve scored five Super Bowl party tips and a fabulously fun recipe from the former football player!
Jon’s tips for the ultimate Super Bowl Party
- In true Super Bowl fashion, go big or go home with everything!
- Always overshoot, never undershoot – it is better to have more food and drinks than not enough. So if you think you have enough, get more! Running out of food and beverages is the worst thing that could happen at a Super Bowl party.
- Prepare all food beforehand. The last thing anyone wants to do is cook while the game is on.
- Arrange games to play in between quarters and half-time to keep up the energy.
- At the end of the night, make sure everyone gets home safe. Have local taxi numbers on hand for guests who are not able to drive.
Jon’s Roast Beef Muffins
Makes: 12 muffins
- 1 ½ lb thinly sliced roast beef, cut into thin (1-cm) strips
- 2 tbsp butter
- ¼ cup thinly shaved onions
- 2 cups havarti cheese, shredded
- 1 ½ cups au jus gravy (your own or store-bought will work)
- 24 wonton wrappers
- 1 ½ cups provolone cheese, shredded
- ½ cup chives, sliced
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a frying pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and sweat for five minutes.
- Add roast beef to the butter and onions and warm through. Add havarti cheese and ½ cup of the gravy and heat for five minutes.
- Butter a 12-well muffin tin and place one wonton wrapper in each well.
- Fill the wonton wrappers halfway with the roast beef mixture and sprinkle with provolone cheese.
- Place an additional wonton wrapper on top of the roast beef mixture and provolone cheese. Fill the rest of the well with roast beef mixture and top with provolone cheese.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Sprinkle muffins with chives.
- Serve with horseradish sauce and more gravy for dipping.