Game Day Gourmet

Gameday Gourmet

Are you ready to take your tailgate menu to the next level? With a few easy recipes, ideas and tips you can become a “Game Day Gourmet” by kickoff!

Gameday Gourmet

The key to successful tailgate entertaining is preparation. I suggest preparing as much in advance as possible, so everything is easy to serve on game day. There’s no need to just grab a bag of chips and a jar of dip when you can elevate your football snacks with a little thought and creative flair!

Gameday Gourmet

This easy cheese spread is a snap to prepare in a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer. Cream cheese is whipped together with butter and a little bit of Greek yogurt for zing. Herbs, spices and grated lemon zest add interest, while a dash of brandy gives this gourmet spread a little “kick!”

Gameday Gourmet

I like to prepare this “Touchdown Herb and Lemon Cream Cheese Spread” the day before the big game and refrigerate overnight. The ExtendFresh Plus temperature management system in my KitchenAid® Refrigerator ensures the spread maintains its optimum taste and texture the next day.

The spread is ready to enjoy by tailgate time. I love to serve it on slices of cocktail bread. They are so adorable and somehow just feel more chic than a box of crackers! You can even have a little fun by garnishing with additional slices of radish, a sprig of dill, or a little lemon zest.

Gameday Gourmet

 

Touchdown Herb and Lemon Cream Cheese Spread

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces original block cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 large garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped radishes
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 tablespoon brandy (optional)

To serve

Cocktail party rye slices

Fresh dill sprigs, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer bowl using the flat beater attachment, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and yogurt until light.

On a small plate, mash together the garlic clove, salt, white pepper, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper with a fork.

Stir into the cream cheese mixture along with radishes, herbs and brandy; mix well.

Spoon the cheese mixture into small crocks and cover with plastic wrap.

Chill at least 8 hours or overnight.

Let the cheese soften at room temperature about 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with slices of cocktail rye.

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With cool fall weather, it is essential to serve something warm to sip while tailgating. This spiked apple cider makes a large batch to share. It’s easy to simmer on the center burner on my KitchenAid® 5-Burner Double Oven Range. This large, oval burner provides better heat coverage for a big cast-iron pot.

Serve with paper straws adorned with homemade pennants to show your team spirit!

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Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Makes 15 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 gallon apple cider
1 cup brewed tea
4 cinnamon sticks
2 clementines studded with cloves*
1 cup apple brandy

To serve

Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Fresh apple slices, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a Dutch oven combine cider, tea, 4 cinnamon sticks, and clementines.

Bring just to a simmer (do not boil).

Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Stir in brandy.

To serve, ladle into mugs and garnish each with an additional cinnamon stick and slice of apple.

Tip: If desired, several lady apples studded with cloves can be substituted for the clementines

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