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Tailgating Ideas to Impress Your Friends

If hot dogs, burgers and chips just aren’t cutting it anymore, it is time to spice up your culinary skills and bring a little bit more to the table (literally). These ideas are off the beaten path of predictable pregame snacks. Turn it up a notch and whip up one or more of the following to pleasantly shock your fellow BILLievers:

 
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RAMEN NOODLE SALAD

 
 

This tasty lil’ number is a crispy, fresh delight that will deliver every time. No one will be able to believe it contains the same noodles that got them through dorm life.

  • Bag of coleslaw mix
  • A cup of toasted almonds (slivers)
  • About 1/2 or 3/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  • About 3-4 green onions – to taste
  • 1 1/2 packet of crushed Raman noodles (Oriental flavor – save the season packet for the dressing)
  • Dressing – whisk together and let it sit overnight on the counter. Whisk it again really well before adding to the salad. It will be thick.
  • 1 cup veg. oil
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper (probably about 1 tsp each)
  • 1 1/2 packets of the Ramen Seasoning.
 
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Reuben Dip

 
 

Close your eyes and dig into this dip and you will feel like you are at your favorite restaurant biting into a warm Reuben. This is one of the best inventions since the cotton gin.

  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1/2 lb. thin sliced corned beef
  • 1 cup sauerkraut drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese grated

Combine cream cheese, sour cream and ketchup; mix together until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Bake in a covered casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Serve with Rye Triscuits© or your favorite cracker.

 
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Pudding Shots

 
 

Bill Cosby was known to throw back 10 – 20 of these before filming the Cosby show. There is never a bad time for pudding, and alcohol makes everything better. It is a win/win situation.

  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream
  • 8 ounces extra Cool Whip

Mix pudding and milk until well blended. Add vodka and Irish cream, mix well. Fold in Cool Whip. Divide into individual servings. Keep in freezer.

 
2

Thai Noodle Stir Fry

 
 

This is a the type of concoction you whip up and people start walking over to you asking questions because it smells so fantastic. Don’t be afraid to incorporate a little Orient into your Orchard Park hangout. This is a crowd pleaser.

  • 1 (8 ounce) package uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the spaghetti, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Meanwhile, whisk the cornstarch into the vegetable broth until dissolved. Whisk in the peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, ground ginger, and red pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sake and keep warm. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, and sugar snap peas. Reduce heat, cover, and steam until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Toss the vegetables with the peanut sauce and pasta to serve

 
1

Sloppy Joe Nachos

 
 

Pretty self-explanatory hear. Sloppy Joes + Nachos = Yes Please.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (15 ounce) can sloppy joe sauce
  • As much cheese as you desire
  • 1 (13.5 ounce) package corn tortilla chips (Sour cream and/or guacamole optional)

Place the ground beef into a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring to crumble, until no longer pink. Drain off fat and stir sloppy joe sauce into the beef. Pile the tortilla chips onto a serving platter. Spoon the ground beef over them and Melt the cheese of your choice over until warm and gooey. Serve immediately.

 

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