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The Quick and Easy Tailgate Plan for a Steelers Fan Brought to you by Swanson Chicken Traveling Tailgate

Check out this collection of quick, easy and delicious recipes for your Steelers’ tailgating and football parties! Whether you’re cooking for the whole team or just the defensive line, these dishes are guaranteed to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Go Steelers!

Starters:
Frank’s® RedHot® Buffalo Chicken Dip:

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 cans (9.75 oz each) Swanson® Premium Chunk Chicken Breast, drained
½ cup Frank’s® RedHot® Sauce
½ cup blue cheese salad dressing
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
Assorted fresh vegetables and/or crackers

Directions:
1) Stir cream cheese in 9” deep dish pie plate until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients
2) Bake at 350°F. for 20 min. until hot and bubbling. Stir. Serve with vegetables and crackers.

Tips:
– Substitute ranch dressing for blue cheese dressing and shredded cheddar cheese for blue cheese crumbles.
– Make it tailgate friendly – prepare ahead of time and transport in a disposable heavy foil pan. When you get to the tailgate heat it on a grill and serve nice and hot!
– Make this in the microwave by heating it on high for 5 minutes instead of baking
– Keep it warm in a crockpot or slow cooker

Spicy Honey-Mustard Kielbasa Wraps:
1/2 of a 17.3 ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet)
1 egg
1 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. honey mustard
1 package (16 ounces) turkey or beef kielbasa, cut into 8 pieces

Directions:
1) Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature for 40 minutes or until it’s easy to handle. Heat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.
2) Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the sheet into a 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Brush the pastry with the honey mustard. Cut the pastry into 8 (about 4 1/2 x 3-inch) rectangles.
3) Place 1 piece kielbasa in the center of each pastry rectangle. Brush the edges with the egg mixture. Fold the pastry over the kielbasa and press the edges to seal. Place the wraps seam-side down on the baking sheet. Brush the wraps with the egg mixture.
4) Bake for 25 minutes or until the wraps are golden. Remove from the baking sheets and cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Serve with additional honey mustard for dipping

The Main Event:
Bratburgers:

1 lb. ground beef
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup (Regular or 25% Less Sodium)
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. prepared mustard
8 slices Pepperidge Farm® Seedless Rye Bread
Shredded red cabbage
Sour cream

Directions:
1) Shape beef into 4 patties, 1/2″ thick.
2) Cook patties in skillet until browned. Pour off fat.
3) Add soup, vinegar, sugar and mustard. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 5 min. or until done.
4) Serve on bread. Top with cabbage and sour cream.

Beer and Kraut Brats
1/2 lb. thick-cut bacon, diced
1 lb. bratwurst, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 can (12 fluid ounces) beer
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed French Onion Soup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 pkg. (16 ounces) fresh sauerkraut, drained (about 3 cups)
Hoagie rolls or hot dog buns

Directions:
1) Cook bacon in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off drippings.
2) Add the bratwurst and cook until it’s well browned.
3) Add the beer, soup, brown sugar, sauerkraut and bacon. Heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low.
4) Cook for 15 minutes or until the bratwurst reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. stirring the mixture a few times while it’s cooking. Serve Brat and Kraut in roll or bun.

The Game Winner:
Football Cake

2 Pepperidge Farm® Chocolate Fudge 3 Layer Cake
Assorted decorating gel (black, white)
1 package (4.9 oz.) Pepperidge Farm® Mini Milano Cookies

Directions:
1) Remove cakes from freezer. Trim 1 edge of styrofoam plate even with cake, using scissors. Repeat with other cake. Place these two sides together. Carefully trim corners of cake to form a “football”. Set corners aside. Let stand 15 min. or until frosting softens.
2) Smooth frosting where cakes are joined, using a metal spatula dipped in water. Smooth frosting on sides of cake. If needed, use additional frosting from corners pieces.
3) Make an outline of a football on top of cake and laces down center, using white piping gel.
4) Decorate sides of cake with Mini Milano® cookies, pressing gently to adhere. Make football laces on cookies using black piping gel. Makes 1 cake.

For more easy and delicious recipes check out: www.Campbellskitchen.com and www.Swansonchicken.com

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. USAir

    January 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    If it’s Blue and Gold…… it is probably “Sold Out”

    For any business 2009 is off to a great start with everyone wearing, waving, and even buying products packaged in these true San Diego colors. A winning streak has had an emotional effect on fans.

    The AFC West title came down to the final game of the regular season, and manufacturers had little time to create merchandise touting the Chargers victory. So stores that were already well stocked with anything blue and gold are doing well.

    Local San Diego grocery stores that stock a familiar organic tortilla chip packaged in a bright Blue and Gold package found them literally flying off the shelves like a Phillip Rivers to Antonio Gates screen pass. The brand, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, is produced locally and the shape beats every other chip out there in terms of a dipping chip. Saturday night was a huge night for dip, chips, and your favorite beverage and just like the way the Chargers put every thing together in a winning package, these San Diego eco-entrepreneurs are doing the same. They combine organic corn, expeller pressed oils and gourmet Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt that contains over 80 essential minerals into a tortilla chip shaped like a whale’s tail that moves through a bowl of guacamole like Darren Sproles moving through a defensive line…”smooth baby smooth” I called and spoke with Ric Kraszewski , VP Sales of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, and he said “ I have never seen anything like it. We have a great local following but I knew something big was happening when Newman called from Olive Tree Market in OB and said Dude, get some more cases down here a lady came in and bought all we had for her Blue and Gold Charger Party” Ric’s wife, Terry and CEO of the company, was the one who decided on the colors of their package and commented “We have lived in San Diego all our life, Blue and Gold was just a natural”

    Mike Castellucci reporter for local news station KUSI was at Walmart Tuesday morning looking for any Chargers gear he could get his hands on. Mike said “you can not find a Sproles Number 43 Jersey”. Biggest sellers are chairs, beach towels balloons, flags, blow up helmets, and coolers. Walmart said they have more Blue and Gold Merchandise on the way just in time for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers who sport the colors of Black and Gold.

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