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When I was in elementary school, I used to hate the fall.
My Mom and Dad were obsessed with College Football, and they were always glued to the TV the entire weekend.
(You youngsters may not be able to imagine this, but we only had ONE TV. And the remote control? That was me.)
On top of that, my parents liked different teams. At first, this may not seem like such a big deal.
But guys, we are talking SEC football here. And those two teams?
My hate of football hit an apex every year when their favorite teams played each other. The parental units would inevitably end up mad at each other because someone gloated just a little too much.
Usually, this was my birthday weekend.
As I got a little older, I couldn’t help but learn about the game and over time I even grew to love it. At first, reluctantly.
But by the time I was in my early 20’s, I had impressed more than one guy with my knowledge of the sport.
By my late 20’s, I started hosting my own Football Saturdays.
I love the casual time with family and friends, and of course the food!
Since this is my down time, I don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen. In fact, this is the one day of the week I’m likely to let hubby take over while we entertain. He is great at coming up with snack hacks to make simple appetizers for Tabletop Tailgating that are delicious.
Often, he will head to Walmart’s Frozen Food Aisle and pick up some Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks, Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips and Ball Park® Hot Dogs. #TabletopTailgate
I am all about the dips, and I love to put out a big selection. Among them is always a BBQ Sauce, this Honey Mustard dip and something with a little kick. Today’s Jalapeño Ranch Dip is a perfect example. It is spicy, without being too hot.
This creamy dip is one you are going to love. With cool yogurt and cottage cheese and spicy jalapeño, it is the perfect easy way to get your game face on. I used mild pickled jalapeños and then added a fresh jalapeño for a little kick. If you like things super-spicy, feel free to kick it up a notch with medium pickled jalapeños. (I don’t recommend going hotter than this since we are using 1/2 cup of them and this snack hack doesn’t come with a fire extinguisher).
More Snack Hacks
- Another fun hack he has done is chop the Ball Park Hot Dogs small (or pick up Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Cocktail Links, wrap them in biscuit dough, and bake them to make pigs in blankets. This is one that is so easy that the boys are able to put them together.
- A family favorite is a crockpot recipe my Mom has been making since I was a child. (No clue where the recipe came from – I’m guessing at least 50% of you have had it at one point in your life.) It is so simple! Combine Chili Sauce and grape jelly mixed together in a blender and then pour it on top of Hillshire Farm Cocktail (Lit’l Smokies) or sliced Ball Park Hot Dogs and cooked over low heat for a couple of hours.
Jalapeno Ranch Dip
- 8 ounces cottage cheese
- 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup pickled jalapeños
- 1 fresh jalapeno seeded and diced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt and Pepper
- In a blender or food processor, combine cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, pickled jalapeños, fresh jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, chives, partly garlic powder and onion powder. Process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper and chill until ready to serve.