Tide & Tigers Today: Fan-Favorite Tailgating Snacks

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October 25, 2014
Alabama & Auburn Tailgating

Fan-Favorite Tailgating Snacks

A spread option of classic southern contenders star as the MVP’s of this game day feast. Score big points with football fanatics by serving these fan-favorite recipes for the win.

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Hot Buffalo Fried Chicken
Blue Cheese-Ranch Dipping Sauce
Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Classic Co-Cola Cake

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makes 8 appetizer servings

The Basic Fundamentals

Cold fried chicken can be a wonderful tailgating addition if you want to tackle a little prep early. Fry up to a day ahead of time, cool 30 minutes, place in a zip-top plastic container & refrigerate. Before heading out the door to your tent location, simply grab the chicken & transport in your cooler. Place on a pretty platter when you arrive.

1 {12-oz} bottle hot sauce
1 cup whole milk
2 eggs
3 1/2 lbs chicken drumettes
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp table salt
Vegetable oil
Blue Cheese-Ranch Dipping Sauce
Celery & carrot sticks
Garnish: Freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together the hot sauce, the milk & the eggs in a large bowl. Add the chicken drumettes. Cover & refrigerate 4 to 24 hours. Remove the chicken from the hot sauce mixture, discarding hot sauce mixture. Stir together the flour & the next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess. Pour the oil to a depth of 1 1/2-inches in an enamel coated cast iron Dutch oven & heat to 350 degrees. Fry the chicken in 4 batches 7 to 8 minutes or until chicken registers 165 degrees. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Serve with Blue Cheese-Ranch Dipping Sauce, celery & carrot sticks. Garnish, if desired.

The Extra Point

The hot sauce may be omitted for a milder flavor. Adjust the recipe according to your personal tastes.

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buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickBlue Cheese-Ranch Dipping Sauce
makes about 2 1/4 cups

Run The Option

Substitute light mayonnaise in the dressing, if desired. 

2/3 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup whole milk
1 {1-oz} package Ranch dressing mix
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives or minced scallions
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl until combined. Stir in the blue cheese. Cover & refrigerate 1 hour.

The Extra Point

Use this high flavored sauce as a salad dressing over mixed greens for a simple side dish for effortless weeknight meal solutions.

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makes 10 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

Prepare up to a day ahead & refrigerate. Bake as directed for an extra 10 minutes or until the center is hot & the edges are bubbly.

1 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 scallions, sliced
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 1/4 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese, divided
1 {9-oz} package frozen chopped spinach, thawed & well drained
1 {14-oz} can medium artichoke hearts, drained & chopped
Freshly ground pepper & chopped fresh cilantro 
Corn chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the first 6 ingredients plus 1 cup of the Pepper Jack cheese. Fold in the spinach & the artichokes. Spoon into a lightly greased 1-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup pepper jack cheese. Bake 30 minutes on a half sheet pan or until the center is hot & the edges are bubbly. Top with freshly ground black pepper & cilantro. Serve with corn chips.

The Extra Point 

The dip is delicious topped over crisp crostini toasts or crackers. Prepare a beautiful platter of fresh crudité for another winning idea. 

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makes 15 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

After spreading the batter into the prepared pan, drop it about an inch from the surface onto the counter top three times to settle any air bubbles so the cake rises evenly as it bakes.

1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
6 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp table salt
1 {7.5-oz} can co-cola
1/2 cup whole buttermilk
Buttermilk Chocolate Frosting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter & the sugar with an electric stand mixer on Medium speed until light & airy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs & the vanilla. Mix on Low speed until well blended. Stop the mixer occasionally & scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Whisk together the flour, the cocoa, the soda & the salt in a small bowl. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the co-cola blending on Low speed. Blend in the buttermilk & mix just until combined. Spread the batter into a greased & floured 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until the cake tests clean with a wooden toothpick. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.

Prepare the Buttermilk Chocolate Frosting as directed & pour over the cake. Spread to the edges with a small off-set spatula. Allow the frosting to set, about 45 minutes. Slice & serve.

The Extra Point

Sheet cakes make wonderful bake & take desserts when pot luck socials are in order. 

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makes enough to cover a 13 x 9-inch cake

Run The Option

Use additional buttermilk for a thinner frosting. Conversely, extra powdered sugar may be added to thicken, if desired. Allow personal preference to guide you.

1/3 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/3 to 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 {16-oz} package powdered sugar

Combine the butter, the buttermilk & the cocoa in a 3-quart saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over Medium-Low heat until the butter melts. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute to tighten up the mixture ever so slightly. Use a whisk to smooth any lumps, if necessary. Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat. Add the vanilla & the powdered sugar. Beat with an electric hand mixer until thickened smooth. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Stir a 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans into the warm frosting for added texture & flavor. 

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How To Make A Game Winning Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Football fanatics adore this traditional warm dip favorite. Use a microplane grater to shred the Parmesan cheese & pack it in the cup to ensure an accurate measurement. Follow these additional tips to make your best Classic Spinach-Artichoke Dip to date. 

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Thaw the spinach in the refrigerator overnight & drain well by wrapping in several layers of paper towels then ring out the excess water. If the spinach looks stringy, run a chef knife through it several times to chop a tad more. Smaller artichokes will be more tender. Size down if you can’t find the medium. Reduce the scallions from 4 to 2 if they’re on the larger side as they can vary in size. Fresh lemon juice adds wonderful zip to dips. Look to The Basics: Lemons for additional pointers when working with fresh citrus.

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