Football season means tailgating season. Tailgating season means pigging out on the most delicious gameday grub. This is the kind of food that was meant to be paired with a cold one in between games of cornhole and last-minute fantasy lineup changes.
Here in Wisconsin, tailgating is not just a weekend activity; it’s a way of life. You could just show up with a pack of brats and buns and call it a day, but where’s the fun in that? This is the land of beer, cheese, and sausage! When we get invited to a tailgate, my fiancee and I make sure we come prepared. That’s why we’re having a blast making amazing gameday recipes using Eckrich’s line of smoked sausages.
Here are some of our personal favorites:
Sausage Pretzel Bites
A meatier take on the traditional pigs in a blanket, these delightful, easy-to-make sausage bites make for the perfect appetizers. I can and have eaten whole plates of these before. I do not regret forgetting to share.
Jalapeño Popper Sausage Skillet
This jalapeño popper skillet takes the classic bar snack and turns it into a spicy skillet, perfect for game day! Unapologetically fiery, with a combo of fresh jalapeño peppers and Eckrich® Jalapeño & Cheddar Links, this dish cranks the heat — and the flavors — to epic levels. This is a next-level dip that might be too much for your average tortilla chip. I’d recommend a thicker bagel chip or some nice homemade toast points.
Mini Hawaiian Pineapple Li’l Smokies Kabobs
These sweet and savory snacks are sure to be a hit at your next tailgate! A homemade umami-rich marinade seamlessly blends the tropical, juicy flavors of pineapple with Eckrich® Li’l Smokies Original Cocktail Smoked Sausages. Fire up a big batch for everyone to share — grass skirts are optional if they match your jersey!
Creamy Braised White Beans and Sausage
This one was a real sleeper for us. My fiancee doesn’t always love beans, but she LOVED this dish. Creamy white beans and Eckrich Smoked Sausage, naturally hardwood smoked and seasoned to perfection, make a comforting duo spooned over biscuits, toast, or any bread you like. This brings some nice breakfast vibes for your early tailgates before the noon kickoff.
Check out all of Eckrich’s amazing tailgating recipes at the link below!
Eckrich is a brand of Smithfield Foods. Founded by Peter Eckrich in 1894, it began from a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Today, Eckrich has grown to become of the most recognized regional premium deli and meat brands on the market. They’re recognized for their great taste and supreme quality, craftsmanship, care, and pride.
Whether you’re grilling smoked sausages in the parking lot or making a decadent deli sandwich while watching the game at home, Eckrich® – the Official Smoked Sausage and Deli Meat Sponsor of the College Football Playoff (CFP) – is a must-have menu item for an all-around delicious meal.
$1M Challenge for Teachers
Eckrich’s good work doesn’t just end after the sausage gets made. For the fourth consecutive year, they’re teaming up with the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program to celebrate teachers across the country for their honest work and tireless commitment to ensuring that their students have the tools to succeed. In a continuous effort to support classroom projects nationwide, Eckrich has donated more than $2 million dollars to support the Extra Yard for Teachers Charity.
Throughout the season, fans can visit www.Eckrich.com/teachers to nominate their favorite educators to participate in the $1 Million Challenge. Selected teachers will attempt to make a 15-yard throw for their chance to win a $1 million donation to support classroom resource projects within their area through Extra Yard for Teachers. Students, parents, or even fellow colleagues can nominate educators who go above and beyond for the chance to make the winning throw at the following games and get the credit that they deserve:
- October 29 – Ohio State at Penn State (Deadline: October 19)
- November 5 – Florida State at Miami (Deadline: October 26)
- November 19 – Miami at Clemson (Deadline: November 9)
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