Take your tailgating game to new heights this season with fresh dishes that are easy to make and serve, whether your tailgating tradition takes place at the game or at home.
Fast prep times and short ingredient lists make these recipes a cinch to prepare in advance and have ready to go as soon as you reach the parking lot or before guests arrive.
The star ingredients are naturally hardwood-smoked sausages and seasoned deli meats from Eckrich, which offers a variety of smoked sausage flavors in traditional ropes and bun-length links as well as gluten-free deli meats such as Black Forest ham and oven-roasted turkey, all with just the right blend of seasonings for a rich, savory taste.
You can switch up the flavors of these recipes by subbing in different varieties of smoked sausage, such as replacing the original rope-style smoked sausage with Eckrich Jalapeno & Cheddar Links.
The roll-ups are also easy to customize for guests using any type of deli meat, and they’re easy to enjoy on the go if you need a quick bite on the way to the stadium.
GRILLED SAUSAGE SKEWER SANDWICHES
Cook time: 15 minutes
1 regular-sized package of Eckrich Smoked Sausage
1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 wooden skewers, 10-inches long
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing, divided
6 bolillo or sandwich rolls, split
1 avocado, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
Heat grill to medium-high. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch thick slices. Thread sausage, onion and bell peppers alternately onto skewers. Brush 1/4-cup of salad dressing on skewered sausage and vegetables.
Grill until sausage is golden brown and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes, turning once.
Brush remaining salad dressing on rolls. Fill rolls with grilled sausage and vegetables. Divide avocado and cilantro onto each.
Tip: To broil sausage rather than grill, heat broiler to medium-high, follow the same skewer preparation instructions and broil about 10 minutes, or until sausage is golden brown and vegetables are crisp- tender.
HAM AND TURKEY ROLL-UPS
Cook time: 10 minutes
4 ounces of Eckrich Deli Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
4 ounces of Eckrich Deli Black Forest Ham
2 tablespoons of chunky guacamole
1/4 cup of chopped cucumbers
1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese
2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Layer turkey and ham slices. Layer lettuce, guacamole, cucumber, cheese and bacon crumbles. Roll meat and secure with toothpick.
POTATO SALAD WITH SMOKED SAUSAGE
Cook time: 30 minutes
3/4 regular-sized package of Eckrich Smoked Sausage, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
3 small red potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds), cooked and quartered
1 can (4 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained and halved
2 cups of Italian dressing
1 green onion, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
In large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in potatoes; cook until heated through, stirring oc- casionally. Remove from heat.
Add olives, dressing, onions, garlic and pepper; mix lightly.
TAILGATE LIKE A PRO
Try New Toppings Smoked sausage and deli meats are easy to add to a bun for an instant meal, and there’s plenty of ways to dress your tailgate menu up or down based upon the preferences of your guests.
Be sure to keep some basics on hand for those who prefer traditional preparation, but for the more adventurous types, try out these ideas for toppings that create a new dimension of flavor.
• Grilled onion
• Grilled peppers
• Grilled, roasted or sauteed mushrooms
• Spicy mustard
• Flavored ketchup (think spicy, fruity or sweet)
• Ethnic flavors like curry or marinara sauce
• Hot sauce
• Roasted corn relish
• Crumbled or shredded cheese
• Bacon crumbles
Handy Hacks Repurpose coffee filters as holders for your sandwiches. They’re easy to hold and help keep your favorite toppings contained.
Up-cycle an empty six-pack container into a convenient cookout caddy to hold napkins, condiments and utensils. Not only is it quick to grab and place on the table, but it helps keep napkins from blowing away in a breeze.
For kabobs, keep wooden skewers from charring by soaking them in water before threading on ingredients.
Prepare toppings the night before and arrange them in a disposable foil pan for a quick and easy Do-It-Yourself (DIY) topping bar.
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