3 Great Foods for NFL Sundays, Because It’s Tailgating Season
Tomorrow/Today/Yesterday/Last Thursday (depending on when you read this) is/was the start of the NFL Season! Thursday Night Football, which means it’s NFL tailgating season. Are you scratching you head, or maybe your stomach because you’re just thinking about what delicious snacks and apps you can cram down your throat as Scott Hanson tosses up the Octobox on NFL Redzone and says, “7 hours of commercial free football start now!” It is a great time to be alive when that countdown hits :00 and Hanson’s bladder leaves his body. I’m sure you’ve got some go to foods you like to make or buy each NFL Sunday, but some new suggestions never hurt!
A friend of ours, Ashley Ferrero, makes this when we get together for football Sundays and it is bangin’. I had never had or even heard of this until she made it! Most importantly it’s easy to make! Get a Jimmy Dean sausage roll, break it up (like you would taco meat) and brown it. Once browned you add a can of Rotel. Finally add a block of cream cheese to the pan and stir as it melts. Break it up a bit too when it begins getting melty. Easier to mix. Viola! Done! Great for dipping tortilla chips of your choice, vegetables, etc. She uses regular sausage, but you could probably kick it up with some Jimmy Dean hot sausage.
Smoked Cream Cheese
Do not question it. If you have a smoker and haven’t done this yet, then stop what you’re doing now. Go rub up some cream cheese, and fire up the smoker! Start by getting the temperature to 180-200 degrees. Place a block of cream cheese on foil in the freezer for 10 minutes. Rub it a little bit with olive oil, then put your favorite rub all over the cream cheese. Top, sides and bottom. Give the cheese a couple small diagonal slits on top, going both ways (strictly for presentation.) Then you smoke it for 2 hours. Grab any delicious cracker and watch how quickly you eat this ridiculously good cream cheese. Maybe make a couple if you’re having people over… just to be safe. Credit for introducing me to this goes to Jason Czarnecki.
Now to the late in the season Sundays. You need something to stick to your bones. The sausage dip and smoked cream cheese will stick to your bones if you eat enough of it, but mean a real meal. One that in moments you can ladle into a bowl and be back in front of the TV for the Eagles. Now for these their are no right and wrong way to make your stew or beef. Find a recipe, maybe you have a favorite. If you don’t, pick one and adjust it to your liking. I like this NY Times Cooking recipe for Old Fashioned Beef Stew I found years ago. Always delicious. For Chili I like it simple with the 2 Alarm Chili Kit from the super market. That covers all my spices. I add in ground meat 85/15. 4/5 bell peppers, 2 cans of Hanover Chili beans and a can of red kidney beans. Mix it all up and let is simmer for hourson low. Stir occasionally. These are the best Sundays! Up early. Make the food. Drink your coffee. Prep your fantasy line up and bets for the day, then enjoy the smell of your cooking as “7 HOURS OF COMMERCIAL FREE FOOTBALL START NOW!”