Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tailgate Food!

I'm linking up with Kelly today for fun tailgate foods!
Ok, I'm going to admit it...I am a SUCKER for appetizers. I think if I could eat appetizers for every meal forever, I would.
 
So football season is the perfect "food" time for me.  Which isn't great this year...these last few pounds of baby weight need to come off.  So instead of eating it, I'll just tell y'all about it. :)
 
Here are a few of my favorite things to make for tailgates! 
 
20 Minute Chicken Parm Bites
(These are perfect if you need a quick go-to appetizer!)

20 Minute Chicken Parm Bites - only 4 ingredients! These are great if you need a quick, go-to appetizer.



Ingredients:
1 can of (8) Crescent Rolls
2 fried chicken fingers, torn into small pieces
1/2 jar Spaghetti Sauce
1/2 block Mozzarella Cheese, cut into slices
 (We used pepperjack because, once again, we like spicy...it was great!)

Directions:
Lay the crescent rolls out.

Layer the chicken, sauce, and cheese on the fat part of the crescent roll. Make sure you don't put too much, or they won't roll well!


Roll up like a regular crescent roll.  Once rolled, there's probably going to be a little coming out of the side...pinch the ends together to seal them.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (or until browned).


These were great!
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Buffalo Chicken Dip
Source: ABC 33/40 Recipe Book, with my edits
 
 

(Sorry this isn't the greatest picture...I had clearly sampled my work before I snapped it.)

Ingredients:
2 cups Shredded Chicken
2 blocks Cream Cheese
3/4 Cup Ranch Dressing
1 cup hot sauce (the original recipe calls for less, but we like things spicy.)
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:
Mix cream cheese and hot sauce together well. Add ranch dressing. Add chicken and half of the cheddar cheese. Pour into an oven-safe dish and sprinkle rest of cheese on top. 
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Add cheese, and bake until cheese is melted.

Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos. YUMMY!

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Classic Rotel Dip
I feel like everybody has a different recipe for this...here's mine!

1 1lb. Block Velveeta (Use the low fat...I can't tell a difference.)
2 cans Rotel, not drained
1 roll Hot Sausage
 
Cube the Velveeta into 1 inch pieces.   Pour Rotel cans, juice and all, on top of this.  Pop in the microwave (covered with a paper towel) for about 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, brown the sausage and drain.  Once that 3 minutes is up in the microwave, put the sausage in the dip and stir.
Microwave in 2 minute increments until melted.  Serve with tortilla chips.
 
I've used fat free cream cheese instead of Velveeta and taken out the sausage for a low-fat option before...but it just isn't the same. :)  But if you're trying to diet, that's a good option!
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I've also made my Twice Baked Potato Salad for a tailgate this year, and made this Pimento Cheese one time.  I made a Cinnamon Roll Casserole for a brunch tailgate a few weeks ago, and it was incredible!  I can't take credit for the recipe - I found it here.
Yum - now I'm hungry!  Enjoy!