Thursday, September 3, 2015

Introducing Tailgate Thursdays!

Y'all football season is officially here!! Which means lots of tailgating + yummy food! I'll be sharing YOUR recipes on the blog + will feature you + your tailgate! Submit your recipes today!

10 years ago, this would not have excited me the way it does now. The only thing I liked about football back then, was being in Athens, Ga with my family {or sleeping in at home} and having a quiet house while all the uncles + boy cousins were off at the game. Tailgating? Never. I intentionally didn't go to late games, because I didn't want to tailgate ALL day. 

Fast forward to fall of 2008, UGA was ranked #1 in the nation + we were crowning the new Uga, so of course I was in the gates early + ready for my first game as a student.  One year, I only had 2 hours of sleep {after being in the ER with my roommates} before I got up to tailgate for a NIGHT game, and no, alcohol had nothing to do with it. It was just my new found love for tailgating and football. Oh, and I only missed 2 home football games my entire time at UGA.

I'll be sharing more memories as the season goes on, but for now, enjoy these pictures from freshman year!
We had to wait in Stegeman to get these pretty little pieces of paper! 

Our first game as students!! 

So you've been seeing + reading about #SGGTailgateThursdays + now its finally here! Today I'm sharing two fairly quick + easy recipes to get you read for this weekend.

1} Grandaddy's Dip. 

This is really just your basic French Onion dip, but after my grandpa passed away in 2008, my youngest cousins kept asking if we were still going to have "Granddaddy's dip". The answer is yes, forever + always. I can't even begin to count the amount of sour cream + soup mix the Stiles Family has consumed over the years {note: a gathering of 25-30 is typical for us}.

This one is super easy.

- 1 box of Lipton Onion mix {2 packets inside}
*also I don't typically get the "golden onion one"
- 2 16oz Sour Cream
*or you can substitute for the same amount of greek yogurt to make it healthier! Still tastes great!

-Mix well. 

We love dipping Ruffles into this dip, but you can also do pretzels, or anything really. 
See, simple + easy! 

2} Roasted Chick Peas

I saw this next recipe on someone's Facebook last year + had to try it. I love most anything that has a crunch, + chick peas are essentially little protein balls right?

I loosely follow the recipe from AllRecipes.  

Rinse + blot dry! 
They will have some skin that falls off + that's okay. No need to peel it off each one. 

I only use a little bit of olive oil {less than the recipe calls for} + garlic salt. 
Use whatever spices + seasonings you love - the possibilities are endless!!

Pre-heat oven to 450*
Place them in + watch them roast! 
I like mine super crunchy, so I suggest 45-55min. 
But watch them, because they will burn! 

This is just one can of peas but I typically make at least two cans.
I almost ate this whole batch, and they'll go quickly in a group once everyone tries them the first time! 

I'd love to share YOUR favorite tailgating recipes! Would you send them to me? I'll feature you + your recipes on the blog! 

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