Foodie Friday: Tailgating Recipes

Ham and Cheese Sliders
Via Chocolate Therapy

Are you ready for some football?!  Tis the season!  Even if you don't consider yourself a football fan, you can get into the spirit of things with the fun of tailgating.  Great food and fun with friends is for everyone.  We have found some delicious tailgating recipes for you to try.  Enjoy!

Ham and Cheese Sliders

24 good white dinner rolls (I recommend King's Hawaiian, 24 ct.)
24 pieces good honey ham
24 small slices Swiss cheese (I used Havarti)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup miracle whip

Poppy seed sauce 
1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and miracle whip. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes. Serve warm.

*Sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the fridge ready to bake.

Warm Gumbo Dip
Via Southern Living

Warm Gumbo Dip

1/4 cup butter 
6 green onions, sliced
2 celery ribs, diced 
1 cup chopped assorted bell peppers 
1 1/2 pounds peeled, large raw shrimp, chopped 
1 garlic clove, pressed 
1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese 
3/4 cup sliced pickled okra
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Toasted French bread baguette slices 

Preheat oven to 400°. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add green onions and next 2 ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until peppers are tender. Stir in shrimp and next 2 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low; add cream cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Remove from heat, and stir in okra and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Spoon mixture into a 2-qt. baking dish, and sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp. cheese.

Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with bread.

Southwest Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels
Via Valerie's Kitchen

Southwest Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

Prep Time: 70 minutes
Total Time:  1 hour 10 minutes
 Servings: 10

1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel (light) or regular cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons light sour cream
1 (10 ounce) can RoTel Tomatoes, drained
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (like Lawry's)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (2.25 ounce) can chopped olives
1 jalapeno, seeded as desired and diced (optional)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
5 large burrito size flour tortillas or wraps in assorted flavors

Use a mixer to combine cream cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, garlic, and seasonings. Use a spoon to stir in cheese, green onion, olives, jalapeno (if using), and shredded chicken.

Divide mixture between the tortillas, spreading out evenly leaving about a 1/2" border at the edge. Roll up tightly. Wrap rollups tightly in plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour or until ready to serve.

Remove from refrigerator and use a sharp knife to slice into 2" pieces.

Prep time includes one hour chilling time.

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