Game Day Entertaining: Classic Tailgating Snacks


Game Day Entertaining

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Classic Tailgating Snacks

With football season well underway & fall upon us, be sure to have your key entertaining players ready to set in motion at a moments notice. Hot Buffalo Fried Chicken may be prepped in advance & either reheated before serving or packed for a lovely picnic under the tent. Raise a glass with Classic Old Fashioned Shooters & nibble on a charming blend of Triple Threat Snack Mix With Chalk Talk Crackers while tossing the football with friends before kick-off.  For additional gridiron entertaining advice, look to 113 Best Tailgating Recipes, Football Party Menus & Game Day Crafts to make certain all of the X’s & O’s are well covered. You’re guaranteed to stay on top of your A-Game with these crowd-pleasing recipes filled with delicious taste & the good news is that they’re all ideal to serve anytime for the rest of the season.


The Menu

Classic Tailgating Snacks

Hand crafted provisions make it effortless to host friends for a day of football games. Classic fried chicken & traditional buffalo wings collide in a snack no-one will be able to pass up. Coupled with a few items to help kick-off festivities, it’s a win-win menu for all. 

Classic Old Fashioned Shooters
Triple Threat Snack Mix
Hot Buffalo Fried Chicken
Blue Cheese-Ranch Dipping Sauce

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makes 4 tasting servings

The Basic Fundamentals

The recipe can easily be prepared in large quantities & poured from a pitcher to serve a crowd. 

2 tsp sugar
8 drops bitters
2 tsp water
1 {2-inch} piece of orange rind
4 ounces chilled bourbon
1/2 cup ice cubes
Garnishes: Fresh cherries & orange rind

Combine the sugar, the bitters, the water, the orange rind & the ice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously 30 seconds. Strain the mixture into a measuring cup with a sharp spout. Pour the cocktail into 4 standard shot glasses. Garnish with cherry wedges & orange rind.

The Extra Point

Substitute cranberries in place of the cherries for a lovely variation.


buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickHot Buffalo Fried Chicken
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.


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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rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickTriple Threat Snack Mix
makes about 15 cups

 The Basic Fundamentals

This spicy combination features three varieties of pepper & is quite addictive. Accompany with a round of Classic Old Fashioned Shooters.

Chalk Talk Crackers
6 cups corn cereal squares
4 cups pretzels sticks
1 cup lightly salted, roasted almonds
1 cup lightly salted cocktail peanuts
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup melted butter
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Prepare the Chalk Talk Crackers as directed. Combine the cereal, the pretzels, the almonds & the peanuts in a large bowl. Set aside. Stir together the salt, the black pepper, the crushed red pepper, the ground red pepper & the garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the cereal mixture & give it a toss. Stir together the melted butter & the vinegar. Drizzle half of the butter mixture over the cereal & toss well to coat. Repeat. Spread the cereal mixture onto a lightly greased half sheet pan. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Sprinkle generously with additional kosher salt & freshly ground pepper. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.

The Extra Point

A variety of snack nibbles & cereals can be substituted for an instant game changer. Simply make an equal exchange to maintain the overall flavor of the mix.

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How To Set Up A Frying Station

Organization is key when frying large batches of food to serve guests when game day socials are in order. For additional pointers in regards to the subject, look to The Tailgaters Essential Frying Guide. In the meantime, arrange the lineup as follows.

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 Set up a dredging station on your countertop or organize the food on half sheet pans on a small table if cooking outdoors. Line up the items in the order in which they will be used. Start to one side of the hot grease with the final item in the lineup being a wire rack covered in paper towels to drain the hot food. Have several pairs of tongs to use for different tasks. Use one pair to dredge raw foods & slip items into the hot oil. Use another pair of tongs to turn pieces while cooking or remove them from the grease. A spider or a large slotted spoon is a great tool for retrieving the food from the grease.

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