Posts tagged ‘football’

September 16, 2019

Watching Football Makes Us Hungry for Tailgate Food!

Watching football makes us hungry for tailgate food even though we’re at home! As the teams settle into conference play, we can easily spend a whole day in front of the TV. No one wants to cook, but we all want to eat. Taking the tailgate approach not only makes us feel more like we’re at the game in person, it means we have food ready so that all we have to do is watch and yell…a lot!
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When we actually tailgate, we coordinate with our friends to decide who will bring what and then we do the prep in advance. This approach works well when friends or family gather in front of a big screen. Instead of the burden falling on whoever has the biggest screen, food prep can be treated the same way it would be if you were meeting at your favorite tailgate spot.

Sometimes, we ask that the contributions follow a certain theme. Other times, it’s a free for all. Next week, the theme is peanuts. Don’t worry. There are no peanut allergies within the circle of invitees.

This theme is a throwback to Sunday nights from my childhood. My parents had a group of friends who met after church every Sunday for snacks and conversation. At some point, multiple people brought desserts containing peanut butter for several weeks in a row. From then on, the group was known as the Peanut Butter Club.

As host, I like to provide a substantial central dish. To keep with the peanut theme, I’m considering chicken satay with peanut sauce or African peanut soup. I like the idea of chicken on a skewer, but I also like the idea of a soup I can cook in and serve from a slow cooker.

We’ll want to include some lighter foods. A Thai chopped salad filled with veggies and topped with a peanut drizzle fills the bill. This can be easily served build-your-own style. A fruit tray with peanut butter dip is also a great choice.

This theme makes it easy for those who don’t want to cook. Mixed nuts, trail mix, Reese’s Pieces, or peanut butter cups can all be grabbed on the way to a party. Peanut butter stuffed pretzels are also relatively easy to find. Jif® offers Chocolate Poppers-a bag filled with peanut butter-coated popcorn and chocolate flavored covered pretzels-for a crunchy, sweet variation.
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Classic peanut butter cookies can be an easy gluten-free dessert. Our Cooking2Thrive recipe adds some jelly to become PB & J cookies. Here’s the recipe:
Cooking2Thrive PB&J Cookies
About 25 cookies

Ingredients
Baking parchment
1 cup sugar
1 cup natural crunchy peanut butter (peanuts & salt)
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 1/2 tbsp Concord grape jelly + 2 tbsp additional for topping
Water

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350º. Line cookie sheet with baking parchment.

In medium bowl, combine sugar, peanut butter, salt, and egg. Mix well, then stir in 1 1/2 tbsp jelly. Form dough into small balls approximately 1 inch in diameter. Place balls on cookie sheet about 2 1/2 inches apart.

Put water in a small cup. Dip a fork in the water and use it to press each ball flat, then press each ball with the fork a second time at a 90º angle to the first pressing.

Bake in 350º for 10-12 minutes. Remove parchment to cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes, then remove cookies from parchment directly onto rack. Once completely cool, top each cookie with 1/4 tsp grape jelly.

While I know we’ll enjoy this peanut theme, we’re not the Peanut Butter Tailgate Club. We like variety too much. The rest of the season may include burgers and brats, mac & cheese, pulled pork with vinegar coleslaw, nachos & cheese dip or enchiladas and guacamole. Whatever the theme, the food will be delicious.

Watching football makes us hungry for tailgate food, but the real focus this fall is on the game itself! Roll Tide, go Hogs, Tigers x 3, Gamecocks, Volunteers, Rebels, Bulldogs x 2, Wildcats, Commodores, Aggies, and Gators! Yes, I favor the SEC. I can’t help it. Those roots go deeper than the Peanut Butter Club!
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February 1, 2016

Super Bowl Snacks – Variations on a Theme

Keep your Super Bowl snacks simple by serving variations on a theme. The 50th Super Bowl is upon us and everyone I know is invited to a Super Bowl party. Of course, every Super Bowl party includes snacks. If you’re hosting, you can make it easy on yourself by limiting the variety of offerings to a few variations on a theme. Your guests will likely welcome the novel approach and you’ll minimize your prep time while still serving a little something special.

My family can’t seem to make it 4 hours on snacks alone, so I’m leaning toward a hearty chili themed party. I’ll start with my grandmother’s chili recipe and then serve it as bowls of chili, Frito® pies, and chili mac with gluten-free pasta. Once the chili is made, I only need some chips, cheese, pasta, and jalapeños to complete the menu. That’s it, make some chili, cook some pasta, and I’m pretty much done. I suppose if I get really ambitious, I may make some guacamole to serve on the side and I’ll probably pick up some Red Mango taro flavored frozen yogurt or a variety of mini Häagen-Dazs flavors.
chili
My sister loves potatoes, so I also considered a potato themed party. My plan was to serve 3 varieties of potato salad: A favorite Cooking2Thrive version (recipe below), plus Blue Cheese & Bacon Potato Salad and Dilled Potato Salad with Feta. Also in the running to make the menu were potato soup and potato skins topped with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and chives. Of course you could include various flavors of potato chips, twice baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, or French fries. And that’s barely scratching the surface of potato possibilities!
potato salad
Potato Salad
Serves 6 – 8

13 baby Yukon gold potatoes
Water to cover
Sprinkle of salt
1/3 cup Bulgarian yogurt
1/3 cup real mayonnaise
2 tbsp spicy hot mustard
3/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs, hard boiled
1 small onion, peeled and chopped

Peel potatoes and place in large pot. Cover with water and add a sprinkle of salt, then bring to a boil. Boil for 12 – 15 minutes or until just tender. Drain in colander. Place colander back over pan, cover with dish towel, and allow to steam for another 10 – 15 minutes. Place potatoes in refrigerator to cool.

In small bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, and salt to make a dressing. Place mixture in refrigerator.

When all items have cooled for at least 2 hours, cut potatoes into small cubes. Peel the eggs and rough chop. Place potatoes, eggs, and onion in large bowl and pour the dressing mixture over them. Lightly mix and place back in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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There was some conversation about featuring cocktail wieners as our Super Bowl centerpiece – using them for pigs-in-blankets, corn dog bites, and covering them with BBQ sauce and grape jelly in the crock pot.

Another possible theme includes the most common Super Bowl food of all – chicken. You can’t go wrong with wings, tenders, chicken nachos, BBQ chicken, or chicken enchiladas.
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Whether you watch for the football, commercials or halftime show, the Super Bowl will be the biggest show in town this week, so choose a theme, buy some paper plates in your favorite team’s colors, and have a great time watching the game with your guests!

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/50

http://www.redmangousa.com/

http://www.haagendazs.us/

http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/potato-salad-recipes