Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tailgating Tales

Football season is virtually here! NCSU has their first home game next Saturday, Labor Day weekend. Even though I'm no longer in college, I still love football season.

Tailgating is a huge part of any Southern football game. Friends and family alike gather to spend time together and have a great time. 

What's a tailgate without food? I came across a great recipe book, Seaboard to Sideboard Entertains from the Junior League of Wilmington, and it has an entire section dedicated to tailgating food and Carolina traditions! Here are a couple of my favorite recipes that are great not only for tailgating but for any party or fun dinner.

Sausage Bites 
1 pound hot bulk pork sausage
1 and 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 and 1/2 cups baking mix

Combine the sausage, cheese and baking mix in a large bowl and mix well. Shape into small balls and place on baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. 

Serves about 24. 

Buffalo Chicken Dip
1 and 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boiled and chopped
16 ounces cream cheese, softened 
1 cup blue cheese salad dressing 
3/4 cup hot pepper sauce
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded 

Combine the chicken, cream cheese, salad dressing and hot sauce in a bowl and mix well. Spoon into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the Cheddar cheese. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips. 

Serves 6 to 10. 

Interested in any of these other great recipes? Let me know and I'll post some more!
Feel free to share any of your easy and fun tailgating recipes!

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