Friday brought shopping, but Saturday will bring tailgating

Tailgating in the south will always be about fun, food and football, however there are a few trends that seem to be making their way into the parking lot.
1.The number of tailgaters is increasing. – In general, the party seems to be growing almost everywhere
2.Tailgating is getting high tech. – Many fans still have a great time tailgating with the basics. Others are beginning to take it to an entirely new level. It's amazing how much money is spent on things like grills, gas-powered blenders and folding chairs with fancy footrests and cup-holders.
3.Tailgating food is becoming more diversified and more sophisticated, and it's about time. – As a Louisiana gal, I love
anything with a kick, and am always willing to try something new!
4.There's no such thing as a fair-weather tailgater. – Not even rain, sleet or below-zero temperatures (we don't see those much
in the south) will stop most tailgaters. In fact, the overwhelming majority (84 percent) of tailgaters surveyed (on said weather has never kept them from tailgating. And, tailgaters don't avoid the parking lot even if their
home team isn't winning on the gridiron. There really aren't any "rebuilding years" when it comes to tailgating.

WIth the above being noted, Saturday marks the dawn of some pretty big college rivalries (see Thursdays post) While my fingers are crossed for an FSU win over UF and a Maryland win over Boston College (BC loses, and FSU goes to the ACC ship) I know that either way I will have a blast at the tailgate!

No matter where you are going to tailgate this Saturday, let me share with you some of my favorite Southern Tailgating recipes!

Hot - Wing Chicken
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Spray an 11" glass baking dish with non-stick spray.
First Layer
Combine these 3 and put in baking dish:
4 large cans chuck chicken in water [drained]
1 large bottle Frank's Hit Sauce
1 large can "Original" Rotel Tomatoes
Second Layer
Combine these 3 and layer over the chicken:
1 large block [softened] Cream Cheese
1 large bottle Ranch dressing
1 large bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Bake 30 minutes.
I have also made it in 3 layers, by holding out the cheddar cheese, adding as a top.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

2 (12 oz.) jars Heinz chili sauce
1 (24 oz.) jar grape jelly
3 pkgs. frozen Armour meatballs
Combine 2 jars chili sauce and 1 jar grape jelly. Heat and stir until well mixed and bubbly. Add meatballs. Cook on low for 20 minutes or place in slow cooker for 2 hours on high. Quick and easy.

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