Game Day Tailgating: Smothered Gridiron Sandwiches Football Party

Game Day Entertaining By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Southern Hostess Editor-In-Chief Southern Cooking Baking Entertaining & Tailgating BrandGame Day Entertaining 

 November 10, 2018

Alabama vs Mississippi State
Auburn vs Georgia

Smothered Gridiron Sandwiches Football Party 

There’s no better way to smother the competition than with a game day entertaining football party menu filled with delicious chicken sandwiches topped with mushrooms. When served between split ciabatta rolls, they make a hearty late season grilling contender fanatics will rave over. The Peppercorn-Blue Cheese Homemade Mayonnaise takes these delicious morsels over the goal line for a score in taste & the good news is that it may be prepared quickly. Crowd pleasing Artichoke Popper Dip keeps appetites in check throughout all of the gridiron action & may be portioned in smaller ramekins to warm during festivities. Both Alabama & Auburn fans score big when a host of fresh & fun flavor combinations headline in this game day perfect menu. 

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Prepare the mayonnaise the day before.
Grill the chicken & sauté the before guests arrive. 

Combine the artichoke dip the day before.
Place the dish in the oven the day of festivities.

Organize a stack of plates & linens on a tray.
Let team colors lead the way.

Fill in with a few homemade crafts to sweeten the table.
Football Bunting & Tag Football Sacks add easy style to any color combination.

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Smothered Gridiron Sandwiches Football Party

 Hearty game day snacks serve as the foundation for this new fan-favorite menu. Grilled chicken sandwiches topped with a flavorful mayonnaise & a warm-from-the-oven dip offer simple style & undeniable delicious taste. 

Rosemary Chicken & Mushroom Sandwiches
Peppercorn-Blue Cheese Homemade Mayonnaise
Artichoke Popper Dip
Crackers * Crostini Toasts * Corn Chips * Crudités 
Crimson Bloody Mary * Auburn Sunrise 


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makes 8 servings

Game Changer

Place the bottom halves of the bread on a half sheet pan. Layer with the chicken, mushrooms & onions then top with Swiss, Havarti or Gouda slices. Broil 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese melts. Serve with the mayonnaise, lettuce & additional crumbled blue cheese.

2 lbs chicken breasts
2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Peppercorn-Blue Cheese Homemade Mayonnaise
1 {8-oz} package crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 large sweet onion, sliced
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp butter 
1 Tbsp bourbon
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
6 ciabatta rolls, split
Mixed baby lettuces & crumbled blue cheese

Rub the chicken with the rosemary, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon salt & the pepper. Cover & chill 1 to 24 hours. Grill over direct Medium-High heat {350 to 400 degrees} 6 to 7 minutes per side or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees. Remove from the grill & let stand 10 minutes. Thinly slice the chicken. Meanwhile, prepare the Peppercorn-Blue Cheese Homemade Mayonnaise. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over Medium-High heat. Add the mushrooms & sprinkle with salt. Do not disturb them for 2 minutes. Shake the pan vigorously, flipping the mushrooms or stir with a wooden spoon. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Add the butter & the onions; cook 6 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened & the mushrooms are relatively dry. Add the bourbon & the Worcestershire sauce & cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Spread the Peppercorn-Blue Cheese Homemade Mayonnaise on the bottom of the ciabatta rolls. Top with the chicken, the sautéed vegetables, lettuces & crumbled blue cheese. 

The Extra Point

The sandwiches make a lovely meal when served for a casual supper club gathering with friends. 

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makes about 2/3 cup

Game Changer

This basic recipe can be enhanced however you so choose. Expect bright lemon notes just after preparing that mellow once refrigerated. Once you get comfortable preparing your own, experiment with additional flavors by stirring in a smidgen of Dijon mustard, flavored vinegar or hot sauce.

1 egg yolk
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2/3 cup canola oil
1 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Place the egg yolk, the lemon juice & the salt in a large slip resistant bowl. Blend the mixture using a hand-held electric mixer fit with whisk attachments beginning on Low speed. Simultaneously, add the oil in a slow steady stream. Gradually increase the speed to Medium-High once the mixture begins to thicken & approximately half of the oil has been added. Fleck several droplets of water into the bowl 3 or 4 times during the process to thin the mixture, if necessary. Adjust the seasonings as desired. Use within a few days.

The Extra Point

Thin the mayonnaise with a smidgen of buttermilk for a delicious salad dressing.


rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickArtichoke Popper Dip
makes 8 servings

Run The Option

Use a combination of miniature sweet & jalapeño peppers in different hues such as red, orange, yellow & green to add bold team spirit to this neutral colored dip. 

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 {14-oz} can quartered artichoke hearts, drained & chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 3/4 cup Italian cheese blend, divided
2 scallions, minced
1/3 cup minced jalapeño or miniature sweet peppers
2 garlic cloves, pressed
Crostini Toasts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first 9 ingredients & 1 1/2 cups Italian cheese blend in a large bowl. Spoon into a lightly greased 1-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot & bubbly in the center. Serve with Crostini Toasts, crackers or corn chips.

The Extra Point

Use the dip over crostini toasts & top with grilled chicken or steak for another game day menu option.

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How To Talk A Good Game Of Football

Learn some facts & get in the game. Be certain you’re up-to-date with the team matchups each week. While perusing the tailgating spread option with a cocktail in tow, it’s always a smart idea to have a few tidbits of information to offer when small talk beckons with Uncle Jebediah who’s inevitably reaching in for another rib. Here are some team facts & a smidgen of history to help you navigate a game winning conversation full of football know-how. 

Alabama vs Mississippi State

 Mississippi State claims the 1980 match up against the Alabama Crimson Tide as one of their biggest in school history as they won against the defending national champions for two straight years. The Crimson Tide & the Mississippi State Bulldogs face off in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with a 2:30 pm kick-off on CBS.

Auburn vs Georgia

The first game played between the two schools was in 1892. Auburn won the match up with a final score of 10-0 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Auburn Tigers & the Georgia Bulldogs meet on the gridiron in Sanford Stadium on Saturday with a 6 pm kick-off on ESPN.

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