As the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals prep for Super Bowl XLIII, you can score a touchdown with a special Sunday brunch—or breakfast for dinner.

Using white athletic tape, add yard lines to snack tables. They’re a great backdrop for today’s Super Bowl Pancakes, which get a flavorful kick from baking cocoa or cinnamon.

Combined prep/cook time is 35 minutes, and all of the ingredients should be available at your local natural and organic food store. And be sure to check out Friday’s recipe for Super Bowl Meatloaf.

Super Bowl Pancakes

Makes 4 servings

1 package (12 ounces) breakfast sausage links
2½ cups whole-grain pancake mix
1 teaspoon baking cocoa or cinnamon
Water (amount package requires per 2½ cups mix)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple syrup

  1. Cook sausage according to package directions; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine pancake mix and cocoa/cinnamon. Stir in water and vanilla.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup batter onto a hot, greased skillet or griddle in the shape of a football. Place one sausage link lengthwise down center of batter. Cut two sausage links into thirds; arrange on sides of center link to form football laces.
  4. Using two spatulas, carefully turn pancake when bubbles form on top and edges are dry. Cook until second side is golden brown.
  5. Trim edges to resemble a football, if necessary. Invert onto a plate, sausage side up.
  6. Repeat with remaining batter and sausage.
  7. Serve pancakes with maple syrup.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Johnsonville