Game Day Appetizers

GAME DAY APPETIZERS

We are gearing up for Football season! One of our favorite things besides the game is the food. Whether you watch with friends or family it is going to be a great time. These appetizers are more for the indoor game watchers than for tailgaters, because well not all fans get to attend every game but they can still cheer from home. Below are 3 of our favorites to enjoy with family, trying to bring a gourmet feel to a game day of fun.

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce (Real Simple)

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1 1/2 pounds new potatoes (about 15), halved

15 slices Broadbent Pepper Bacon, halved crosswise

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

kosher salt and black pepper

Directions

  1. Steam the potatoes in a steamer basket in a large saucepan until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Heat oven to 425° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Wrap each potato with a piece of bacon and place, seam-side down, on the baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is crisp, 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, dill, caraway seeds, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the potatoes.

 

Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread cornbread

Ingredients

Broadbent Cornbread Mix

Water (add until reaching desired consistency)

Fresh Chopped Jalapenos

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions

Place desired amount of cornbread mix in large bowl, stir in water to reach desired consistency. Add shredded cheddar cheese and finely chopped Jalapeno pieces (amount is based on preferences). Spoon into muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, 30-40 minutes.

summer sausage

Fresh Deli Style Spread

A great way to incorporate lots of fun items without cooking is with a simple a fresh food tray. Try loading a large wooden tray down with favorites including Summer Sausage, Ham Rolls, Olives, Crackers, Cheese slices, and on the side try a variety of pickles. Choose something extra special such as our Sweet Dillies.

 

 

When it comes to planning any party, simply think about your crowd & weather. Try not to get too specific, trying to please everyone can be overwhelming (except allergies like nuts) but if there are children try to avoid serving to many spicy foods. Always be aware of the weather simply because grilling in the rain is less than desirable.

What is a Game Day favorite in your household?

5 Tips for Tailgating

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Football season is about to ramp up and we can’t wait for one of our favorite traditions. Tailgating is an experience built around the community of fans. Each team has their dedicated fans who deck themselves out in team colors to show support. If you’re planning to enjoy the game from the stadium, check out these 5 easy tips to make your tailgating experience the best one yet!

#1 Skip The Traffic

Be sure to plan to reach the parking lot early for a stress free experience. For a noon game, consider arriving around 8:30 am. This will let you skip the traffic and allow ample time for setting up your game day feast and festivities. Skip the post-game traffic by hanging out longer. Chilling with friends beats traffic any day.

#2 Plan ahead

Know your party and plan how much food, drinks and space will be needed. Avoid being crowded in a small spot, or not have enough chairs for everyone. Designate a meeting space, or tactic. If several are meeting there bring a unique flag or balloon arrangement something to let your group find you easily in a large crowd.

#3 Ice Cold Drinks

Most tailgaters want a cold beverage during the experience, whatever the flavor. Try placing your beverages in a salt-water ice bath to get them cold quickly and chilling all day. The added salt lowers the freezing point of water, allowing the cold water temperature to drop below 0 degrees Celsius. If you plan to tailgate in the winter or just a chilly morning, remember to pack the coffee and/or hot chocolate to make the experience more comfortable.

#4 Don’t forget the food.

You may be there for the game, but the food is what makes it tailgating. Bring enough food to satisfy everyone in your party. Grilling is the most popular means of cooking, prepare the food ahead as much as possible and be sure to marinade any meats the night before. We highly recommend ham steaks, they are filling, easy to grill and break the norm of burgers and dogs. We also suggest, adding a bit extra in case you make new friends or your party unexpectedly grows.

#5 Bring the Shade

In Summer, the sun can shine strong and parking lot areas are notoriously hot. Besides the shade, a canopy or pop-up tent will offer shelter if unexpected showers happen. Don’t forget the stakes to keep your top down if it gets windy. We know the die-hard fans will be there rain, snow, sun, or wind.

 

Don’t forget to have fun! Tailgating is meant to be an experience, so kick back with all the other fans and engage in the fun. No one will care if you do accidentally forget the napkins if the experience is positive overall. What is your favorite tip for tailgating? Share in the comments.

Tips for planning a Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Party

 

Super Bowl parties are a chance to get friends and family together to watch the big game on TV, keep track of favorite commercials during the broadcast, maybe make a friendly wager on who’ll win, and, of course, eat and drink!

 

Super Bowl parties don’t require too much planning. Basically, make some phone calls and/or send out an invite about two or three weeks before game day, make sure the TV is working properly with good reception, and either supply food and drinks or ask guests to bring certain items in a “potluck” style, which can be set up like a buffet, for the party.

 

Generally, Super Bowl parties are about football and commercials, right? But take a look at the tables and countertops of food and the ice chests full of drinks, and it’s like you’ve died and gone to mouth-watering heaven. A Super Bowl party is an excuse to eat typical stuff like pizza, wings and chips, as well as try new and interesting dishes, meats, sandwiches, sauces, and dips.

 

Broadbent’s of Kentucky has some particularly tasty items you should consider bringing to the Super Bowl party this year. How about their microwave-ready Country Ham boneless steaks place on your favorite sandwich bread and top with spicy mayo, pickles and lettuce…now that’s a sandwich.   Check out our new Pepper Bacon Tenderloin for snacking.  If you are serving burgers, top them with Broadbent’s Pepper Bacon (yum!) along with Spicy Mayo, Sweet & Tangy Mustard or Sweet “Dillie” Pickles. See Broadbent’s “tailgate party treats” here: http://www.broadbenthams.com/Tasty-Tailgate-Party-Treats/products/68/

 

Since Super Bowl parties typically involve food on flimsy plates in living rooms, make sure you have enough napkins and/or paper towels on hand should someone spill something– which inevitably happens, right?

 

Finally, if you want to hang up some pennants, have folks wear team jerseys, and decorate using team colors, go for it! Super Bowl parties are a blast.