This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.
This year I’m all about experiencing the Big Game, homegating style with friends and family and plenty of fun foods to enjoy!
When it comes to feeding a crowd, it can become overwhelming very quickly. So to keep things easy and not compromise great flavored foods, this year I’m relying on a variety of Ball Park® hot dogs, Tyson® Any’tizers®, and Wright® brand bacon to create a Big Game spread.
So, first things first, load myself into the car and head to my go-to store, Kroger, to make sure I have plenty of Tyson foods for everyone. I think I must stop by Kroger just about every day or two, because they always have what I need when I need it, and I’ve saved so much by using their rewards card. I know you can find all that you’ll need for your homegating spread for the Big Game.
You know how you think of certain brands, and just know and trust that they are going to deliver a brilliant selection of foods to enjoy? For me, that certain brand I can rely on is Tyson foods! From their Tyson Any’tizers boneless chicken Wyngz to Ball Park hot dogs and Wright brand bacon, it’s all good.
Big Game Snack Hack Tips:
- Make it easy on yourself, use Tyson foods which are perfect snack hacks for homegating. Buy a few bags of Tyson Any’tizers Boneless Chicken Wyngz in an assortment of flavors (our favorite is the buffalo flavor).
- Be sure to get the Ball Park all beef hot dogs, because, yes indeed they are 100% beef and contains zero nitrates or artificial preservatives. They’re so good and full of bold flavor you can see, which comes from their premier blend of seasonings. In addition to serving them up in a bun, you can create a wide variety of tasty snacks with them, including the recipe below for Jalapeno Hot Dog Fritters.
- Make your snacks finger-food happy, perfect to grab and enjoy during the game and time with friends.
- Make up a batch of some bourbon pig candy (candied bacon) to nibble on! I like to use Wright Brand’s Hickory Smoked Bacon, thick cut all the way!
- Don’t forget a good assortment of pretzels, chips, dips and drinks.
- Make a fruit and cheese tray.
- Have an assortment of chocolate candies, cookies, or make some of this Pretzel Trail Mix Candy that’s nice and salty sweet!
- Save yourself some time and focus on only cooking a couple goodies, with the rest of the food store bought or made ahead of time. That way you’re not running around missing out on fun with your guest.
Create Your Tabletop Tailgate:
- Get out your galvanized buckets and trays to use for serving. You can easily find them at your local thrift stores, the garden sections of most stores, and of course hardware stores.
- I like to use brown craft paper food baskets and cups for serving.
- Canning jars and vintage glass containers or tins are perfect to hold napkins and flatware.
- Brown craft paper and burlap fabrics will add layers of texture, and they have neutral color palate that is easy to work with.
- Make your own backdrop scoreboard, or use any football memorabilia to decorate your tabletop tailgate spread.
- Adding a swag or bunting across your backdrop will add character or even a string of Edison lights will work brilliantly.
I’m so stinkin’ excited for the Big Game and enjoying some great times with friends and family!
For the Jalapeno Hot Dog Fritters, you can make them as spicy or mild as you’d like. I’ve made them fairly mild since I’m also feeding little ones, but for more of a kick just add 1 or 2 more jalapenos or a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper. These are best served the same day as made, but if you’re short on time you can make them the day before and then warm them up in the oven during the last half of the baking time for the Tyson Any’tizers.
Don’t forget the mustard and enjoy!
Create these tasty #fanfoodleague snack hacks for the Big Game, Jalapeno Hot Dog Fritters!
- 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp dried Parsley
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1/2 - 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper, optional
- 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, finely shredded
- 2 - 4 Jalapenos, seeded and diced
- 3 Ball Park Hot Dogs (all beef), diced
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 cup Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 cup Milk
- Oil, for frying
- In a deep dutch oven or fryer, add enough Oil to fill up to 3 - 4 inches, heating until oil is about 375°F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, Flour through Cayenne Pepper (if using), then add in the diced Hot Dogs and Jalapenos, mixing until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the Egg with the Milk, then add in the softened Cream Cheese until mixed well.
- Add the Milk mixture to the dry ingredients and combine until you have a sticky batter.
- Drop a heaping tablespoon of the batter carefully into the prepared hot oil (be careful), and repeat with remaining batter. Cook for about 3 - 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Best if made in batches.
You can keep them warm in 200°F if needed until ready to serve. Can also be made the day before, then warm them up in a 400°F oven for about 10 minutes.If desired served with fresh chopped cilantro and green onions scattered over the top.Can also be served with your favorite mustards, or make an easy dip by mixing together 1 tsp dried garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt and plain Greek yogurt or mayonnaise blended together.
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.