Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football season has finally arrived! College games got underway last week and the NFL kicks off this Thursday with a showdown between the Packers and Saints, the last two Super Bowl winners.

As my mom always said, "it seems like every game is a big game." So, whether you plan to watch at home or from the stadium, make sure to put together a bunch of great tailgating dishes for everyone to enjoy. For our football watching, we like having some lighter fare that's easy to prep (like a Meat & Cheese Platter and Chips & Guacamole) and hearty dishes that take a little more time (like Chili, Ribs and Wings).

Put that all together with your favorite team and a frosty beverage and you've got yourself a party. Game on!

With the start of Football Season on the brain, we fired up the FoodPair recipe search engine and found a handful of great recipes from across the Web.

Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese Plate
A nice meat & cheese platter is a great way to get things started.
Ingredients: Manchego cheese, Serrano ham, Extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper

Club Med Salsa Mexicana and Guacamole
Delicious salsa, chips and guac are a must for game day.
Ingredients: avocado, tomato, onion, serrano, lime, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, salt and pepper

Memphis Ribs with Coleslaw
You can't go wrong with ribs and coleslaw for football.
Ingredients: pork spareribs, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, barbecue sauce, cole slaw

Boilermaker Tailgate Chili
The expert tailgaters behind this recipe insist it's the best.
Ingredients: tomato, garlic, oregano, corn, cumin, bell pepper, paprika, celery, Cheddar, chili powder, Italian sausage, ground beef...

Tailgating Asian-style Wings
These sweet and spicy wings hit all the right notes.
Ingredients: honey, dried oregano, cumin, ginger, soy sauce, black pepper, sesame oil, oyster sauce, chicken wings, orange juice, lime, garlic powder

Let's get cooking!

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