With football season officially upon us, every sports fan has an important decision to make: cheer on your team from the stands or sit and watch the game with friends from the comfort of your couch. If you haven’t already guessed, our vote is for the latter. Why? Because of these easy-to-make, game-day snacks, each sure to score major entertaining points! Here’s what you need to kick off the party…
1. An Indoor Grill
Unless you live in the South or West, a majority of football season takes place in the cold. For that reason, you’ll need an indoor grill, which also serves as an excellent panini press. Not only can you prepare tailgate favorites like hot dogs, burgers and sausages, but you can also grill delicious vegetable toppings like onions, peppers and mushrooms to complete your creations.
2. A Quesadillas Maker
Keep the hot appetizers coming with a griddle geared for making quesadillas — with no guesswork (or flipping). To help make things more interesting, experiment with different fillings like zucchini, roasted red peppers or even prosciutto with mozzarella.
3. A Deep Fryer
In our opinion, the best classic tailgating food is fried: chicken wings, tortilla chips, tater tots and the like. We’re also huge fans of jalapeño poppers, which, when done right (that is to say deep-fried instead of shallow-fried or even baked) are one of the greatest pre-game bites of all time.
Check out our recipe and see for yourself!
1. Using latex gloves to protect your hands, slice each jalapeno in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, Mexican blend and crumbled bacon, then season with salt and pepper.
3. Load each pepper half with the bacon-cheese mixture, packing it tightly in and heaping it slightly on top.
4. Dip each pepper in the milk, then flour, then milk, then breadcrumbs. Repeat the process again to completely cover each popper so you can’t see what’s underneath.
5. Heat the fryer to 375F and fry in batches for 3-4 minutes until just golden brown. If you over-fry, the cheese will leak out.
6. Remove poppers to a thick layer of paper towels and allow to cool for several minutes before eating (the stuffing will be super-hot!)