Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Terrific Tailgating

As a Texan AND a Southern girl, fall means football!  And football means tailgating.  Too much trouble?  No way.  Choose a few simple make-ahead recipes and combine them with items you can pick up at your grocery store, such as a platter of chicken tenders, chips, and bakery cookies.  Keep a supply of water, cups, plates and utensils on hand so you're ready to roll in a heartbeat.  A simple caddy is a great idea for keeping these items staged for game day.  Large handled baskets and tubs are a great way to transport everything and assist in the clean up, too.  Add in some inexpensive tablecloths in your team colors from your local discount store, or use your team throw for some added punch.  Bring a few serving pieces from home to add a little style such as lightweight trays, a beverage dispenser or entertaining bucket, and baskets for snacks.

Here's an easy dip recipe to get you started... now GO TEAM!

Bacon-Onion Dip
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
2 tbsp sliced green onions
3 tbsp buttermilk
1 tbsp horseradish
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Garnishes: fresh chives, ground pepper

Stir together first 8 ingredients.  Cover and chill until ready to serve (up to 24 hours).  Garnish if desired.
Serve with assorted fresh vegetables.

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