by Virginia Willis in Recipes, October 31st, 2014
by Allison Milam in Recipes, September 18th, 2014
The Southeastern Conference is home to some of the best college football in the country, and with it, some of the most-fervent fans and most-passionate tailgating. Football in the South is a bit like religion. People get really worked up; I mean really worked up. And, to that end, tailgating in the South is extreme as well. At the University of Alabama, fans are allowed to start tailgate setup at 6 p.m. the Thursday before the Saturday game — and dismantled as late as noon the day after! At my alma mater, the University of Georgia, there is Bulldog Park; a luxury RV tailgating facility offers the owners access to a wide range of amenities plus game-day shuttles to the stadium! Foodwise, there’s everything from LSU, where folks have big pots of meaty gumbo bubbling on a propane cooker, to The Grove at Ole Miss, where folks are super-fancy and serve dishes of hors d’oeuvres that you might be more accustomed to seeing at a ladies’ luncheon. (The real reason the food is so ladylike is that there’s a limited amount of electricity, and open flames and propane are prohibited — something that might not be a bad idea, considering the amount of alcohol consumed while tailgating!)
Personally, I prefer less work when I get to the stadium, and I suggest slow-cooked dishes prepared ahead of time. The best dishes are those you can cook at home and then add the finishing touches to at the stadium. I think the perfect tailgate food just might be chili. It works well in the fall, because it’s hearty and warms you up in the cool weather. Read more
by Allison Milam in Recipes, September 18th, 2014
When Food Network stars are in charge of a tailgating spread, you better bet that the menu is a game changer. Here’s how Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Ree Drummond and company celebrate each touchdown.
Set out Rachael Ray’s Roasted Jalapeno Poppers before kickoff to get your party started on the right foot. Loaded with three cheeses, these stuffed peppers leave the oven bubbling hot — and they’re killer on the grill too.
by Amanda Marsteller in Drinks, Recipes, January 31st, 2014
When it comes to our favorite dip recipes, the more layers, the better. That’s why we’re digging Food Network’s finest every-layer dips, ranging from five layers to a towering 10.
Five: Inspired by the diner sandwich staple, Five-Layer Reuben Dip (pictured above) stacks all the ingredients that make up a good Reuben. From the bottom to the top, shredded Swiss, thin-sliced corned beef, toasted rye bread, Russian dressing and extra-crunchy sauerkraut are addictive in deconstructed form. Take heaping scoops with rye bread toasts for the full package.
by Allison Milam in Entertaining, January 30th, 2014
When it comes to game-day drinks, nothing goes down easier than a bubbly beer cocktail. There are endless ways to reinvent your go-to brew, and each of these cocktails is simple to stir together and guaranteed to please even the thirstiest bunch of football fans. For the savory sippers in the house, try serving Jeff Mauro’s Michelada Supreme. It pairs dark Mexican beer with the Bloody Mary-inspired flavors of tomato and lime juice, plus generous dashes of hot sauce and fish sauce for an addictive umami effect.
Beer Sangria: Give the beloved party punch a bubbly update by swapping white wine for chilled wheat beer and adding it to a blend of vodka, white grape juice and slices of your favorite fruits.
by Cameron Curtis in Entertaining, How-to, January 29th, 2014
Even with boatloads of nachos, nonstop chicken wings and all the guacamole you can sink your chips into, there’s one game-day dish that a football fan — or commercial aficionado — can’t live without. It’s a little sandwich we like to call the slider. Champion of the happy hour menu and bite-size rendering of a national favorite, these wee sandwiches are a mandatory competitor in your big-game spread.
To keep it simple, kick it off with Ina Garten’s classic beef sliders. With only the kiss of a grill, these mini burgers don’t need a fancy sauce — just that obligatory squeeze of ketchup. If sauce is what you’re after, Bobby Flay’s Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise are finished with a semi-homemade swipe of smokiness.
How can the Neelys’ Triple Pork Sliders (pictured above) pack in three types of pork, you ask? Each little sandwich features ground pork, fresh Mexican chorizo and crisp, smoky bacon. Now that’s a combo worthy of a championship.
by Amanda Marsteller in Entertaining, How-to, January 28th, 2014
Spend more time in front of the game and less time in the kitchen by making this seven-layer dip the day before the event. It’s a hearty option to serve with chips and is also vegetarian-friendly. See the step-by-step photo how-to below to ensure that each scoop will score big with your guests.
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by Cameron Curtis in Entertaining, Events, January 25th, 2014
Punch is always a crowd-pleasing party drink, but keeping it chilled throughout the fun can be tricky. Individual ice cubes melt quickly and tend to water down the mix, while a large citrus-speckled ice mold stays frozen longer and imparts extra flavor to the punch. You can use any ring mold or Bundt pan to freeze the ice, which doubles as an eye-catching centerpiece. Get the party started by floating this ice ring in a big batch of Cosmopolitan Fizz Punch, which combines the cosmo — a favorite ’90s cocktail — with the classic ’50s ginger ale punch for a palate-pleasing mashup that will keep you cool as the game heats up.
Begin by layering lime and orange slices in a ring mold and scattering fresh (or frozen) cranberries in between. Then mix together 3/4 cup each cranberry juice, orange juice and water, and pour the liquid over the fruit. Freeze the ring mold until firm, about 6 hours.
by Cameron Curtis in Drinks, January 21st, 2014
In keeping with the spirit of the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl next weekend, we rounded up a few grilled favorites that make great game-day eats no matter what the temperature. If you’re not down with donning gloves though, never fear; all these recipes can also be made indoors on a grill pan.
1. Texas Hold-ums Mini Chipotle Beef Burgers with Warm Fire Roasted Garlic Ketchup (pictured above)
Rachael’s mini burgers can feed a crowd and only take 16 minutes to come together. They’re spiced up with chipotle peppers, onions and grill seasoning, then topped with smoky cheddar cheese and a homemade fire-roasted ketchup.
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Big-batch drink recipes are great for serving your game-day crowd. Inspired by classic cocktails that are normally mixed in a shaker a few at a time, these punches are a great make-ahead solution for your party.
1. Hurricane Passion Punch (pictured above)
This New Orleans classic is a crowd-pleaser no matter what city you’re cheering from or which team you’re rooting for. The key to the fruit juice-filled cocktail’s nutty undertones? Almond extract. Garnish individual glasses with an orange wedge and a maraschino cherry.
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