Game Day Tailgating: Southwestern Gridiron Classics Football Party

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

November 3, 2018

Alabama vs LSU
Auburn vs Texas A&M

Southwestern Gridiron Classics Football Party

Regional fan-favorite flavors highlight this game day menu perfect for tailgating socials. You’ll want to enjoy every last morsel of these classic fall favorite recipes with delicious twists that make smart use of a slow cooker. The Alabama Crimson Tide faces off against the LSU Tigers so naturally it’s bound to get a little spicy. Green Tomato-Smoked Chicken Chili is sure to keep everyone on their toes & the winning spirit alive. Bright, festive color & taste from the Charred Corn & Avocado Pico De Galo that tops each serving will have friends in the line up for second helpings. The Auburn Tigers can show a bit of team color & spirt when a batch of homemade Miniature Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins accented with a little Cinnamon-Whiskey Butter is on the menu. It’s a win-win for both Alabama & Auburn fans when a host of fresh & exciting flavor combinations headline in this game day fiesta menu. 

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Prepare the Green Tomato-Smoked Chicken Chili the day before. 
Transfer to a slow cooker several hours before festivities to warm.
Prepare the pico de galo a day in advance & add the avocado just before serving.

Bake the sweet potatoes up to two days in advance.
Blend the cornbread & bake 30 minutes before guests arrive.

Organize mugs, spoons & linens on a tray.
Create a separate bar area for blending custom cocktails. 

Fill in with a few homemade crafts to sweeten the table.
Football Bunting & Tag Football Sacks add easy style to any color combination.
With these essential tips, your festivities are sure to score big.  

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Southwestern Gridiron Classics Football Party

Southwestern specialties turn up the heat & ground this menu filled with loads of seasonal fall flavor. Smoked chicken chili, flavorful pico de galo, sweet potato corn muffins & a tempting spice scented butter brimming with spirit delivers effortless style & undeniable good taste. 

Green Tomato-Smoked Chicken Chili
Charred Corn & Avocado Pico De Galo
Miniature Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins
Cinnamon-Whiskey Butter
Beer * Sweet Tea Margaritas * Water


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makes 6 to 8 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

Reduce the amount of chipotle peppers for a milder, more family friendly version of this popular dish.

1 Tbsp oil
1 large sweet onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, pressed
4 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp kosher salt
1 {12-oz} bottle of beer
1 lb green tomatoes or tomatillos, diced
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
3 {15.5-oz} cans cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
4 cups shredded smoked chicken
2 Tbsp minced jalapeños
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Charred Corn & Avocado Pico De Galo

Sauté the onion in oil in a Dutch oven over Medium-High heat for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic & cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chili powder, cumin & saltCook a few seconds, stirring constantly, until the spices are toasty-fragrant. Stir in the beer & the tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil & cook 5 minutes. Add the broth, the water, the beans, the chicken & the jalapeños. Bring to a boil over High heat. Reduce the heat to Medium-Low. Simmer partially covered, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Stir in the cilantro & the lime juice. Transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm, if desired. Serve with the Charred Corn & Avocado Pico De Galo.

The Extra Point

Change the color & texture of the chili by substituting different legumes such as black-eyed peas or beans & pintos.


rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickCharred Corn & Avocado Pico De Galo
makes about 3 cups

The Basic Fundamentals

The pico de galo can be prepared up to 2 days ahead of time. However, do not add the avocado until just before serving for the brightest, freshest color & flavor.

2 ears fresh corn on the cob, shucked
1 avocado, diced
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/3 cup diced red onion
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp minced jalapeno
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp kosher salt

Grill the corn over direct Medium-High heat {350 to 400 degrees} 10 minutes, turning often, until charred. Cool 30 minutes. Cut the kernels from the cobs. Stir together the avocado & the lime juice in a large bowl. Fold in the corn kernels & the remaining ingredients. Taste & adjust the seasonings.

The Extra Point

Top nachos or lunchtime salads with this tasty combination. 


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Miniature Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins
makes 3 dozen

The Basic Fundamentals

 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pierce several {1/2-lb} sweet potatoes with a fork. Place on a foil-lined half sheet pan. Bake 1 hour & 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft when lightly pressed. Increase the baking time accordingly if preparing larger potatoes.

1 1/2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup cooked & mashed sweet potato
1 cup whole buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together the cornmeal, the flour, the brown sugar, the baking powder, the baking soda & the salt in a large bowl. Stir together the  sweet potato, the buttermilk, the melted butter & the egg & until blended; fold into the flour mixture just until blended. Coat 2 {24-cup} miniature muffin tins with cooking spray & portion the batter evenly between 36 cups. Bake 11 to 12 minutes or until a wooden pick tests clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pans & place on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

The Extra Point

Accompany these little gems with an array of seasonal soups & grain based salads.


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makes about 1/2 cup

Game Changer

Think of this intense butter in the same vein as a hard sauce typically served over a classic Louisiana staple, bread pudding. Expect a more homogenous mixture straight from the refrigerator. As the mixture stands at room temperature, stir the butter occasionally for a more consistent texture.

1/2 cup softened butter
4 tsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp whiskey
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

The Extra Point

Stir together the butter, the brown sugar, the whiskey & the cinnamon in a small bowl. Transfer to a ramekin. Chill 1 hour. Make up to 2 days ahead, if desired. Let stand 30 minutes before serving.

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{helpful advice}

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 LSU

 The rivalry runs deep between these schools & became heated when Alabama Head football Coach Nick Saban left after securing a national championship title for LSU. The Crimson Tide & the LSU Tigers face off in Death Valley with a 7 pm kick-off on CBS.

Auburn vs Texas A&M

Auburn, led by Coach Mike Donahue, played the Texas A&M Aggies for the first game between the two schools in 1911 & have met only a handful of times since. Led by newcomer, Jimbo Fisher, it’s sure to be an exciting matchup. The Tigers & the Aggies meet on the gridiron in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday with an 11 am kick-off on ESPN.

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