Albertsons Fresh Ideas: Tailgate Treats

Dan Hittle from Albertsons stopped by and gave us some "fresh ideas" for football season! While we all love wings, fried chicken and pizza, Dan stepped away from the traditional tailgate foods and showed us how to get creative on College Football Saturdays and NFL Sundays!

Pull-apart Cheddar Bacon Ranch Bread
Get started with a loaf of bread that is FAR from ordinary.  This pseudo-appetizer is great for picking apart with your fingers, and not needing those pesky forks or spoons.   

1 unsliced loaf of sourdough bread (preferably round)
8-12 oz. block of cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
3 oz. bag of real bacon bits (Oscar Mayer is preferred)
½ Cup of melted butter
1 Tbsp. dry Ranch dressing mix

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Slice the bread in both directions with a sharp bread knife (do NOT cut through the bottom crust)
Place slices of cheese in between all the cuts
Sprinkle bacon bits over the bread, ensuring that they get in between all the cuts
Mix the melted butter and Ranch dressing mix together
Pour the butter/Ranch mix over the entire loaf
Wrap the loaf in foil and place on a baking sheet in the oven
Bake for 15 minutes
Unwrap the loaf and place back in the oven on the baking sheet for 10 additional minutes (or until the cheese is completely melted

Sideline Smokies
A tailgate wouldn’t be a tailgate without little smokies.  Here’s a simple recipe that will leave a lasting impression on the tailgaters, but you better be quick, because these will disappear in a hurry!

1 pound of your favorite bacon (thick-cut bacon from the butcher block is preferred)
14 oz. package of little smokie sausages
1 Cup of brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
Using kitchen scissors, cut the bacon strips into thirds (save time and cut the whole slab at once, instead of cutting individual slices)
Wrap each smokie with a 1/3 slice of bacon, and secure with a toothpick
After all smokies are wrapped, sprinkle brown sugar on top of each smokie
Bake the smokies for 40-45 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and brown sugar is melted
Serve immediately, or keep warm in a slow cooker

Viewer recipe – Football Chip Dip sent from Christina DaNaeOryall
This recipe was sent by our viewer, she sent a delicious football chip dip. Chips and Dip, what more can we say.  Always a traditional dish for football fans!

One load French Bread
1 part mayo
1 part sour cream
1 lb chopped ham
1 bag of potato chips
Chopped green onions

Take one loaf of French bread and cut it in half and hallow out. 
In a mixing bowl mix 1 part mayo and 1 part sour cream then and 1 lb. of chopped ham. 
Put in bread bowl and top with chopped green onions. 
Serve with way potato chips.

Buffalo Stuffed Mushrooms
This recipe is a fun twist on mushrooms! We’ve stuffed them with delicious buffalo which are sure to be a hit at any tailgating party.

1 lb. Ground Buffalo
1 Med Onion Chopped
¼ cup Chopped Celery
2 cloves of Garlic
2 tbl of Olive Oil
18-20 large Button Mushrooms
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cheese your choice – provolone – cheddar - pepper jack

In a larger skillet add Olive Oil, Onions, Garlic and Celery. 
Sautee on medium heat for 5 minutes then add buffalo, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until done about 10 minutes. 
Remove stems from mushrooms and wash. 
Stuff with buffalo and bake for 10 minutes on 375. 
Remove add cheese to the top and bake another 10 minutes.