Game Day Entertaining Tips
Football season is in full swing and that means it’s time for tailgating! I have assembled my “Top 5 Game Day Entertaining Tips” for making your next tailgate party a success.
Keep reading to find out how to score big with your game day grub!
TOP 5 GAME DAY ENTERTAINING TIPS
1) Buy a Rotisserie Chicken
When making football viewing food, I like to make sure I have a rotisserie chicken on hand. Simply buy one already prepared in the deli section of the grocery store. Then, you can pick apart the meat and use it in a variety of game day recipes. It’s amazing how much you can get from one rotisserie chicken! The meat is tender and juicy, and it’s a great time saver!
Game Day recipe ideas with rotisserie chicken:
2) Football Themes
I like to decorate my kitchen and garnish my food with football themes. You can buy a football field tablecloth, decorate with team color pom pons, or use a football shaped bowl for chips and dips. I even saw a green and white crock pot designed to look like a football field! There are also ways to jazz up basic foods with a football theme. Here I just used a frozen cheese pizza and made a football shape out of pepperoni and mozzarella sticks. Football Pizza
3) Team Colors
Of course, you have to support your home team! Use the team colors or logo thematically throughout your party. It’s easy to make layered jello (or jello shots!) in your team colors. Football Jello Shots
4) Food for the Long Haul
A typical game will last for several hours, and you want to make sure your football snacks can sit out for everyone to enjoy throughout the game. Recipes for cheese balls, sandwiches, or even sweet treats like cookies are all great options.
5) Preparation and Checklist
Finally, you want to enjoy the party not be stuck in the kitchen. Preparation in advance is key and it can help to make a checklist. Here is a great tailgating tool from Frito-Lay. Anything you would add to the list?
If you enjoyed these Game Day Tips, I would love to invite you to a twitter party tomorrow night! I am hosting along with Frito Lay, Classy Mommy and Mommies with Style. We will be sharing more tips and recipe ideas as well as giving away some great tailgate prizes! Join us on Wednesday, October 3rd from 7-8 PM Central time. (That’s 8-9 PM if you are on the East Coast, and 5-6 PM if you are over on the West Coast with me!)
For more information, check out Frito-Lay on Facebook, follow @FritoLay on Twitter and use the hashtag #FritoLayTailgate for the event. In the meantime, here are a few recipes to get your taste buds ready to party!
Brats with Tostitos Queso and Salsa
8 bratwurst links
8 Hoagie or French rolls, split
1/4 cup brown deli mustard
1 jar (15.5 oz) Tostitos Salsa con Queso
1 jar (15.5 oz) Tostitos Restaurant Style Salsa
3/4 cup yellow onions, diced
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat.
Warm the Tostitos Salsa con Queso and set aside. Keep warm.
Place the bratwurst on the grill and turn about every 3-4 minutes until browned on all sides and firm. REmove from the grill and allow to rest 5 minutes.
While the bratwurst are resting, place the hoagie rolls, split side down on the grill for about 1-2 minutes until toated golden brown.
To serve, spread a little mustard on the bun, place the brat in the bun. Spoon a layer of Tostitos Salsa con Queso over the bratwurst, then top with the Tostitos Restaurant Style Salsa, grated cheese and onions, and serve with your favorite Ruffles potato chips or Tostitos Restaurant Style tortilla chips.
Ruffles Max Smokehouse BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
1 Cooked rotisserie chicken
3/4 cup BBQ sauce
4 flour tortillas, large
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/2 pound (1 cup) mild cheddar cheese, grated
1 bunch green onions, sliced
4 cups Ruffles MAX Smokehouse Style BBQ Flavored Potato Chips
Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat.
Pull the cooked meat from the chicken and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the BBQ sauce and mix well. Transfer to a small sauce pan and warm the meat and sauce over low heat.
Rub a small amount of butter evenly over one side of each tortilla. Lay each tortilla on a piece of aluminum foil just larger than the tortilla, buttered side down.
Sprinkle cheese evenly over each tortilla, then top evenly with the warm chicken and sprinkle with green onions. Foil Side down, transfer to the grill and cook until the cheese melts and the tortilla is light golden brown. Remove from the grill and top one half of the quesadilla evenly with the Ruffles Max Smokehouse Style BBQ Flavored Potato Chips, then fold the other half over and press down firmly. Cut in 4 or 6 even slices and immediately serve hot and crunchy.
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