Ah, football season. The time to bring out the face paint, team cheers, pom poms and, most importantly, delicious tailgating food and drinks! The idea of an on-site tailgate can seem a little overwhelming, but an at-home tailgating party can be simple, delicious and so much better than the actual game. So choose your own adventure: whether you want to cheer for a specific team, showcase the flavors of fall or have an all-out Mexican tailgating fiesta, we’ve got plenty of recipes to keep your fans full.
For a Fall-Flavored Tailgate
Start your guests off with Pumpkin Quesadillas and beer, to get them ready for fall flavors. Then, really win them over with homemade Baked Veggie Chips and Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip. Finally, when the weather’s still pleasant, fire up the grill for Chicken Wings with Jala-Peach Sauce
To Cheer on the Home Team
Fan of the Miami Dolphins? Rep the green and orange with Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Or maybe you like the Kansas City Chiefs? Show your red and white pride through Pizza Sliders. If you like one of the many teams with blue in their jerseys, try our Sticky Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip or Sweet & Spicy Double-Blueberry Salsa. If you just want to promote good sportsmanship, you can never go wrong with our Pimiento Cheese Football Sandwiches (pictured above).
Throw a Mexican Tailgate Fiesta!
Happy football season!
Ah, the weekend. The time of the week where traditional daily schedules are meant to be broken. You can wake up at 1 p.m. and not be judged for eating breakfast. You can spend all day in the kitchen whipping up something fabulous for dinner, and not have to worry if it’s on the table right at 6 p.m. sharp. You can snack all day on whatever your heart desires. And snacking is what we’re encouraging today! Our Instagram #SnackAttack is well under way, as our staff shares photos of their favorite sweet and salty cravings. But during the weekend when we have more time to spend in the kitchen, we like our snacks to be homemade. Here’s a fun, fast and healthy idea: Try making our Spicy Veggie Sliders. You can nibble on one or two without feeling guilty, but they’ll keep you full until dinnertime. Plus, you can make extra and save the leftovers for Meatless Monday!
Snacking should be guilt-free and super-satisfying — so we’re here to prove that that’s possible! This month, the Every Day with Rachael Ray staff will be sharing their favorite snacks on Instagram every afternoon so you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at what we munch on when we get our wacky cravings, too! And we want YOU to join! Follow us @rachaelraymag where we’ll be posting our salty and sweet snacks (and sometimes a combo of both!), then show us what you’re snacking on by using #RR30Days.
Take a peek at some recipes we’re looking forward to trying in the next month. Trust us, you’re going to want to try ‘em, too!
When you can’t make it to the stadium for your team’s big game, why not craft up one of your own for at-home-viewing enjoyment? Made entirely out of edible football-favorite foods, these seriously cool snack stadiums are worthy centerpieces for any football party. Seem a bit too complicated for your expertise? Five crafty creators are here to help, sharing tips and ideas to master your very own snack stadium.
Photo courtesy of Natalie Mclaury, thesweetslife.com
Skip the chips-and-dip and head straight for dessert! Natalie Mclaury of The Sweets Life constructed a sweet tooth-approved stadium made out of a fruit pizza using kiwi, skittles and dyed coconut as the grass, thin wooden dowels as the goal posts and chocolate mousse cups with candy on top to represent the fans. Plus, she surrounded her stadium with dippable treats for her creamy Funfetti cake mix dip! Mclaury used non-edible materials to construct the stadium and used foods as decoration that could easily be removed and eaten. ”People took their time to ooh-and-aah over the stadium, but our friends were lured by the site of their favorite treats and couldn’t resist digging in,” she says.
Photo courtesy of Chad Nikazy, trifatherhood.com
Pizza Playing Field
Chad and Karen Nizaky of Trifatherhood knew that creating their snack stadium was not a one-man job, so they recruited their kids to help build their stadium. With a plan in mind, Chad, Karen and their three children ventured to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for their snack-worthy project. The “field” of their stadium was a pizza with a large pepperoni football, but since Chad is a seasoned triathlete, they wanted to be sure to include some healthy options in their stadium, as well. Fruits and veggies like strawberries, grapes, carrots and cucumbers filled the stands, and they also included some crowd favorites like Chex Mix, cookies, pigs-in-a-blanket and chocolate croissants ”The hardest part,” Karen says, “was keeping our three children – twin four year-olds and an eight year-old – from eating it during the process!”
Photo courtesy of Dorothy Kern, crazyforcrust.com
Stepping outside of the baking box, Dorothy Kern of Crazy for Crust constructed her stadium structure entirely out of pizza dough! While many might suspect that this version would be susceptible to crumbling, Kern mastered a secret method to ensure stability: Wrapping the dough around an inverted bundt pan. Kern recommends baking your stadium past the point of wanting to eat it, but slightly before it would burn. This will create a structure that is sturdy enough to stand on its own, hold treats within the stadium and avoid collapsing. Kern filled the stadium with chocolate cake batter dip and green frosting for dirt and grass, and emulated an audience by scattering colorful sprinkles on the wall of the stadium.
Photo courtesy of the culinary team at Pillsbury
Go Team Pillsbury!
When tasked with the goal of creating a stand-out snack stadium, the masterminds at Pillsbury did not disappoint! It comes as no surprise that the culinary team had a goal of making their snack stadium primarily out of Pillsbury bread products and their own game-day recipes. They achieved this by covering the edges of each section of the stadium with breadsticks and filling them with appetizers and snacks ranging from pepperoni pizza to bacon cheddar pinwheels. The outside of the stadium was stacked with Italian sub sandwiches and the field was made of guacamole and salsa dips, which featured breadstick goalposts and a bread-based “Jumbotron.”
Photo courtesy of James “JD” DiBella, co-owner of Red Star Bar in Brooklyn
When the Rachael Ray Show announced that they would be holding a contest for the best snack stadium, James Dibella, co-owner of Red Star Bar in Brooklyn, NY, knew he was up for the challenge — and he started with a big idea! Dibella chose to incorporate food items that are most well-known at Red Star Bar. In total, Dibella used 400 sliders, 12 dozen wings of hot, medium, mild and raspberry barbecue variety, 60 mozzarella sticks, 300 nacho flags and five pounds of guacamole and sour cream.
What do you think of snack stadiums? Would you make one of your own?
Fuel your fall adventures (and save money) by making your own healthy snacks. Whip up a batch of one of these tasty trail-mix combos created by Nekisia Davis, the genius behind Brooklyn, New York’s wildly popular Early Bird Granola. Then get outside!
1 cup salted roasted almonds – 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots – 1/2 cup golden raisins – 1/2 cup broken wheat crackers – 1/8 tsp. cinnamon – generous pinch salt – makes 2 1/2 cups
2 cups salted popcorn – 1 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped – 1 cup salted roasted pistachios – 2 tsp. cocoa powder – generous pinch salt – makes 4 cups
3. Kid Stuff
1 cup peanut butter puff cereal – 1 cup yogurt-covered pretzels, broken into bite-size pieces – 1/2 cup raisins – 1/2 cup salted sunflower seeds – makes 3 cups
4. Protein Fix
1/2 cup sliced beef jerky – 1/2 cup store-bought kale chips – 1/2 cup salted roasted pecans – 1/2 cup rice crackers, broken into bite-size pieces – 1/2 cup carrot chips, broken into bite-size pieces – pinch salt – makes 2 1/2 cups
5. Far Eastern
2/3 cup salted roasted cashews – 2/3 cup sesame sticks – 1/2 cup sliced dried mango – 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal – 1/2 cup dried wasabi peas – 2 tbsp. sliced candied ginger – makes 3 cups
6. Health Nut
2/3 cup salted roasted walnuts – 2/3 cup salted roasted almonds – 1/2 cup dried blueberries – 1/2 cup dried sour cherries – 2 tbsp. hemp seeds – generous pinch salt – makes 2 1/2 cups
There’s no such thing as an easier or more satisfying snack than trial mix. Which is why we’re so excited to celebrate our favorite on-the-go goodie for National Trail Mix Day by sharing our most popular mixes.
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