Picnic Recipes and Games

Tailgate Picnic Recipes

If you are like most fans of collegiate and professional sports, you appreciate a good tailgate picnic. The perfect mix of great friends, rival teams, and hearty, stick to your ribs cuisine is simply a perfect way to spend the hours before a big game.

The foods that work best for tailgate picnics are those that are comfort foods - familiar, tasty, and even a little bit fattening. Everyone knows that you don't attend a tailgate picnic to diet or nibble on finger sandwiches. Rather, a deliciously filling macaroni and cheese will accomplish the task of feeding your party. Serve it with hamburgers straight from the grill and brownies for desert, and you'll be assured that no one will be heading to the stadium hungry. Along with the classic tailgate beverage, beer, make sure that you have plenty of bottled water and sodas on hand.

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
cup finely chopped red bell pepper
cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup corn kernels
4 cups cooked macaroni
1 cup roasted, peeled, and pureed Poblano chile
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in large pan on medium high heat. Saute pepper, onion, garlic, and corn until just tender. Add macaroni, Poblano chile puree, cheese, and cream. Stir until all ingredients are combined thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Horseradish Hamburgers
Serves 8

4 lbs ground beef
4 tablespoons minced onion
4 tablespoons prepared horseradish
cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
8 hamburger buns

Mix thoroughly all ingredients, and shape mixture into 8 patties, each about 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.

Heat gas or charcoal grill. Place patties on grill and cook for about 12 minutes, or until done, turning once. Serve on buns with an assortment of condiments, lettuce leaves, slices of tomatoes, and pickles.

Tailgate Brownies
Makes 24 squares

4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
cup semisweet chocolate chips
cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 inch baking pan. Melt butter and chocolate in small saucepan. Remove from heat and pour into large bowl. Let cool 5 minutes. Add sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients and spread into pan. Bake 30 minutes or until brownies start to pull away from sides of pan. Cool and cut into squares.

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