Game Day Tailgating: Southern-Style Panini Football Party

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

October 20, 2018

Alabama vs Tennessee
Auburn vs Ole Miss

Southern-Style Panini Football Party

When classic conference rivals are set to take the field, a beautiful selection of tailgating snacks that pay homage to all of the contenders make football party celebrations more fun. Barbecue hails as a game day essential but with a few trick plays, you’ll draw the opposing teams off sides. Pick up pulled pork for a little shortcut or look to The Tailgaters Quick Reference BBQ Guide to prepare your own smoky goodness & make a batch of Mini Southern-Style Cuban Panini Sandwiches With Hot Whiskey Mustard to offer guests when tailgating at home. Tiger fans may sip on Auburn Sunrise cocktails & enjoy a little Triple Threat Snack Mix on Ole Miss holy ground just before taking to the field for a classic showdown. Sail the menu into the endzone with a plate stacked high of seasonally sound Apple-Pecan Crumb Bars featuring a Tennessee staple, sorghum, that all fan bases will appreciate to clench the win for a festive southern celebration.

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Prepare or pick up smoked pulled pork the day before festivities.
Warm before building sandwiches.

Create a space for the panini press.
Organize the ingredients on a tray in ramekins.

Organize plates, linens & utensils on trays.
Create a separate area with barware essentials.
Offer bowls of snack mix throughout the space for effortless access.

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Southern-Style Panini Football Party

Classic southern specialties with a few welcome twists ground this menu filled with seasonal goodness. Smoky pulled pork panini sandwiches, whiskey infused mustard, spicy snack mix & an apple dessert deliver effortless style & undeniable delicious taste. 

Mini Southern-Style Cuban Panini Sandwiches
Hot Whiskey Mustard
Classic Dill Pickle Chips
Triple Threat Snack Mix
Apple-Pecan Crumb Bars
Crimson Bloody Mary
* Auburn Sunrise

Rebecca GordonMini Southern-Style Cuban Panini Sandwiches
makes 2 dozen

The Basic Fundamentals

Smoked pulled pork may prepared from scratch or purchased from your favorite BBQ joint up to one day ahead of time.

1 {8-oz} French baguette, cut into 1/3-inch slices
Hot Whiskey Mustard 
12 Swiss cheese slices, quartered
12 ounces Smoked Pulled Pork
Classic Dill Pickle Chips
3 Tbsp melted butter
Garnish: Freshly ground pepper

Spread one side of each bread slice with the Hot Whiskey Mustard. Layer half of the bread pieces with half of the cheese, the pork, a few Classic Dill Pickle Chips & the remaining cheese. Top with the remaining pieces of bread, mustard side down. Brush the tops with half of the melted butter & place 6 to 8 at a time buttered side down on a hot panini press. Brush with additional butter & cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese melts. Serve with additional dill pickles & mustard. Garnish, if desired.

The Extra Point

The sandwiches may be prepared for an effortless weeknight meal solution.


rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickHot Whiskey Mustard
makes about 3/4 cup

The Basic Fundamentals

Cold liquids produce a hotter flavor while  yields a spicer condiment. Proceed according to your personal preference.

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp whiskey
2 Tbsp brown mustard seeds
2 Tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp cold water

Combine the vinegar, the whiskey & the mustard seeds in a small bowl. Cover & let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Place the mustard seed mixture in a food processor. Add the brown sugar, the salt, the turmeric & the garlic powder. Pulse the mixture until the seeds are crushed & well blended, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stop the food processor several times during the process & scrape down the bowl sides. Transfer to a glass container & stir in the water. Chill. Cure 48 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 months.

The Extra Point

Use the mustard to make a pungent chicken salad or add to salad dressings for a lovely kick.


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.

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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{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 Tennessee

The Alabama Crimson Tide & the Tennessee Vols first meeting on the gridiron took place in November 1901, a match up that ended in a 6-6 tie. Since that time, the schools have become heated rivals with Saturday’s game marking the 101st face-off on the field. The Alabama Crimson Tide visits the Tennessee Vols Neyland Stadium on Saturday with a kick-off set for 2:30 pm on CBS.

Auburn vs Ole Miss

Saturday will mark the 41st meeting between the Auburn Tigers & the Ole Miss Rebels with the tigers leading the series at 30-10. The Auburn Tigers led by Gus Malzahn & the Ole Miss Rebels led by Coach Matt Luke will go head-to-head in Oxford as Ole Miss hosts Auburn with an 11 am cst kickoff on ESPN.

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