Thursday, September 8, 2011

It's Football Season...

And that means its time for good food, good brews, and good times! Today's post will feature the Hubby's and my favorite tailgating recipes. It was so difficult to narrow it down, but here are our top five dishes in no particular order:

1) Texas Caviar -

1 (15 ounce) can black beans rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
3/4 cup fresh salsa or pico de gallo
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
Hot Sauce to taste

Combine ingredients in a large glass or plastic mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. Yields 6 servings.

2) Bacon-Hugged Lil Smokies -

1 (16 oz.) package of lil smokies sausages
1 lb. bacon
3/4 cup brown sugar

Cut each bacon strip into thirds and wrap each third around a smokie. Secure the bacon with a toothpick. Place two inches apart on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 325 degrees.

3) Spicy Sausage Cheese Dip, courtesy of my friend Heather Locklar -

1 (16 oz.) box of Velveeta
1 (10 oz.) can hot Rotel, undrained
1 (16 oz.) jar of mild chunky salsa
1 lb. mild sausage
1 lb. hot sausage

Crumble and cook sausage until browned and drain. Then, mix the sausage and remaining ingredients in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Serve with tortilla chips. THANK YOU, HEATHER!

4) Hot Ham Sammies -

1 12-count package of King Hawaiian Rolls
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp onion flakes
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 package Swiss cheese
12-16 oz. thinly sliced ham

Slice the dinner rolls in half, and make a sandwich with the ham, cheese, and rolls. Mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl, and drizzle the mixture over the sandwiches. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is gooey (usually 15 minutes). Yields a dozen sammies.

5) Buffalo Chicken Dip -

4 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
1 bottle of hot sauce (such as Tobasco)
1 block of cream cheese
1 jar of Naturally Fresh Ranch Dressing or Bleu Cheese Dressing
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Frito Scoops

Combine the chicken and hot sauce. Place in a casserole dish. Combine cream cheese and dressing, and pour over the chicken mixture. Top with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with Frito Scoops.

Hope you enjoy these yummy dishes as much as I do! Also, if anyone has a guacamole recipe, please send it my way. I haven't been able to find one I love quite yet.

Thanks and Happy Friday!

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