We all have some kind of hidden talent. When asked to do a blog on tailgating recipes, I jumped for joy and did a little happy dance! My forte is appetizers. I love making them, I love serving them to my family and friends, and I definitely love to eat them. In fact, every few months I don’t make dinner, I announce to my family that it is “appetizer night” and they love it. What makes it even better is when you add a theme to the night like “tailgating”.
Since we can’t go to the game, we can plan a tailgating party right in our own backyard. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, I set up in the family room, kitchen or even the game room or garage. So, let’s get started.
I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing food, because I don’t want to miss a minute of the game. I have a few recipes that are easy & can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Let’s start off with a simple recipe for a Bloody Mary. Next is the appetizer, soup as the main entrée and a quick sweet treat.
- 1½ Cups Clamato Juice, chilled
- 2 T. Dill Pickle Juice
- 1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
- ¼ tsp. Celery Salt
- ¼ tsp. Pepper
- ⅛ tsp. Hot Pepper Sauce
- ¼ Cup Vodka, optional
- 2 Celery Ribs
- 2 Pepperoini Snack Sticks
- 2 Dill Pickle Spears
- 2 Pitted Ripe Olives
- Lime Wedges
- In a small pitcher, combine the first six ingredients.
- Stir in vodka if desired.
- Pour into two glasses filled with ice.
- Garnish with celery, snack sticks, pickles, olives and lime wedge.
- I have also garnished with cocktail shrimp and asparagus.
- 16 Oz. Fully Cooked Smoked Bratwurst, sliced
- ½ Cup Onions, sliced
- 1 Small Red Pepper, sliced
- 3 Cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 2½ tsp. Flour
- 1 T. Olive Oil
- 1 Clove Garlic, minced
- ¾ Cup Beer
- Tortilla Chips
- Sauté bratwurst for one minute in a large skillet.
- Add onions, peppers and garlic clove.
- Cook 4-5 minutes longer until vegetables are tender.
- Set aside and keep warm.
- In a large bowl, combine cheese and flour.
- In a large saucepan, add beer and cook over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan.
- Reduce heat to medium-low.
- Add a handful of cheese mixture, and stir constantly.
- Continue adding cheese, one handful at a time allowing cheese to almost completely melt between additions.
- Arrange tortilla chips on a large serving platter.
- Spoon cheese mixture over chips and then top with bratwurst mixture.
- Serve immediately.
Chili with Cheese
- 2 lbs. Ground Beef
- 1 Medium Onion, chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
- 3 10 Oz. Cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, undrained
- 28 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
- 2 4 oz. Cans Chopped Green Chilies
- ½ tsp. Pepper
- 4 Oz. Velveeta Process Cheese
- In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions and garlic until the internal temperature of meat reaches at least 160 degrees.
- Stir in the tomatoes, chilies and pepper.
- Bring to boil.
- Reduce heat.
- Simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.
- Stir in cheese until melted. (You can add more cheese if you like it cheesier.) Serve immediately.
M & M Snack Bars
- 2½ Cups Pretzel Sticks, broke in half
- 2 Cups Corn Chex
- 1½ Cups M & M’s
- ½ Cup Butter
- ½ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 5 Cups Miniature Marshmallows
- In a large bowl, combine pretzels, cereal and M & M ‘s.
- In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter and peanut butter.
- Add marshmallows; cook and stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
- Pour over pretzel mixture.
- Stir to coat.
- Press into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
- Cool until firm, cut into squares and serve.
Here are a couple extra hints to make your next tailgating party a success with your guests.
- Keep the menu simple and the recipes quick and easy.
- When planning the menu choose food that is easy to eat while standing.
- Choose food that can be made ahead of time.
- Don’t forget those special decorations like, your favorite team colors for plates, napkins and tablecloths, football dishware, balloons, etc.
Last but not least…..GO VIKINGS!! And enjoy….I did!
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser
Click Here for more articles written by Jayne