Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tailgating Fun!

It's the most wonderful time of the year. College football season is here! Ryan and I decided to host Hayes's first tailgating party this year. Ryan and I share a love for college football and thought it was only fitting to break Hayes in to the excitement of football season. We shared the day with family and friends and had so much fun! We attempted to take pictures of Hayes and Landen...again. Maybe one day we will get a cute picture of the two of them together. This will do for now!

 They were dressed in coordinating outfits. It wasn't planned, but they looked pretty cute together.

And the important part...the menu! Lunch was simple, sandwiches and fresh potato salad. Fun appetizers included corn dip, man dip, cheese ball, sliders, and veggies. For supper, BBQ shredded chicken, jambalaya, and asian noodle salad.

Recipe Time!

Corn Dip...this is always a party favorite and super easy to whip up!

2 cans MexiCorn
1 can chopped green chilis
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo
1 cup shredded cheese

Mix all ingredients together. Chill for a few hours. Add seasoning if desired. Done!

Man Dip...beware, you will become addicted.

2 blocks cream cheese
2 cans Rotel
1 lb ground sausage (spicy if you prefer)

Brown sausage and throw in a crock pot with rest of ingredients. Turn on low for a couple of hours until cheese melts. Stir...and try not to eat it all at once.

Shredded BBQ easy, it's ridiculous.

Your favorite bottle of BBQ sauce
Chicken Breasts

Throw chicken and sauce in a crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred chicken with a fork. It tastes good on sandwiches, baked potatoes, or just by itself.

Jambalaya....Southern goodness!

This recipe is a combination of so many other recipes with my own personal preferences thrown in.

2 bell peppers
1 whole onion
10 stalks celery
1 lb spicy sausage
2 lbs shrimp
3 cups medium grain rice, dry
6 cups water
green onions
salt, cayenne pepper, Tony's to taste

Chop up your veggies and saute them in oil in a large cast iron skillet until tender. Add sausage and cook until done. Add shrimp and cook until done. Season with salt, cayenne, and Tony's to taste. You can use any combination of meats that you wish. Once the shrimp are pink, add 3 cups medium grain rice. I prefer using medium grain over long grain rice. Medium grain rice makes the mixture more moist...and wonderful. Add 6 cups water and bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 20-30 minutes or until rice is done. Add green onions and eat until you can't walk.

I'm sure the rest of football season will bring more fun recipes! Geaux Tigers and Go Irish!

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