Touchdown Worthy Appetizers and Brews!

Now that fall – and football season - have arrived in full force, some special fall foods and beverages, like seasonal ciders and beers, definitely make for a better time whether you’re rooting for a college, NFL or high school team! Sure, there are some staples for every football viewing or tailgating party, but there are also a few extras that might put a smile on your – and your friends’! – face.

Mozzarella Sticks

It’d be all too easy to just pick up a package of frozen mozzarella sticks, but having them fresh out of the frying pan makes them disappear in minutes. There are definitely shortcuts to make mozzarella sticks now, but here’s a tasty version that tastes just as good as going to a restaurant.

Yield: Approximately 24 (depending on how little or big you want to make them)

Ingredients:

  • 16oz. package of mozzarella
  • Approximately 3 cups of Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Approximately 2 cups vegetable oil
  • Warm Water
  • Marinara sauce, for dipping

Directions:

  1. In a deep saucepan, heat oil on medium. (Do not overheat or bring to a boil.)
  2. Slice mozzarella into half-inch strings and then into thirds. (See picture below for approximately how big to cut them.)
  3. In three separate bowls; fill one bowl with warm water (enough to dip the mozzarella), one bowl with the eggs beaten, and one bowl with the breadcrumbs.
  4. When oil is warm enough, dip one piece of mozzarella in warm water then egg then breadcrumbs. Then dip the same mozzarella piece in egg and breadcrumbs again. The trick is to dip the mozzarella twice.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, slide mozzarella stick into oil. Cooking for approximately a minute, or until mozzarella stick rises to the surface and begins to turn golden brown.
  6. Repeat with the remaining mozzarella sticks.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Although this recipe is on the messier side a.k.a. you can’t just pop ‘em in your mouth; it’s a healthier twist on the oh-so-popular buffalo chicken wings. They’ve been taste-tested and approved by my Buffalo chicken loving boyfriend, so I’m sure these will please more than just your usual crowd. Plus they’re fun to put together! This recipe was adapted from Skinny Taste.

Ingredients:

- 1 package of chicken breast or chicken tenderloins (I always use tenderloins.)

- 1 package of "Rainbow Salad Slaw" (but you can always substitute with broccoli slaw, etc.)

- 1 small container of crumbled blue cheese

- Multiple glugs of Frank's Red Hot

- Romaine lettuce, washed, but not ripped into small pieces

- Olive oil, for pan-frying

- Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Pour olive oil in saute pan, enough to thinly coat the bottom and heat at medium.

2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, then place on heated pan and cover.

3. Wash lettuce and break up into single leaves. Put on a plate.

4. Put slaw in a bowl and blue cheese in a bowl and set on table.

5. When chicken is white all the way around the edges, flip. Sprinkle with more salt and black pepper.

6. Should only be a few more minutes until chicken is cooked through, but I always cut a piece open to double check. When chicken is fully cooked, pull off heat and out of pan. Pull apart into shreds or small pieces using two forks.

7. Put all the chicken into a bowl and completely coat with Frank's Red Hot.

8. And you're ready to enjoy! Just have one piece of lettuce, fill with chicken, slaw, and blue cheese, then eat.

Don’t forget to have some beverages on hand, even if you prefer soda to beer. Some beers and ciders worth heading out to the store for, include these tasty fall-inspired brews:

Beer

- Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale (The Brooklyn Brewery)

- Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc.)

- Imperial Pumking (Southern Tier Brewing Company)

- Hex: Ourtoberfest (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

- Octoberfest (Samuel Adams)

Ciders

- Doc's Draft Hard Cider (Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery)

- Harpoon Cider (Harpoon Brewery)

- Woodchuck Cider (Woodchuck Cidery)

- Woodpecker Cider (Bulmer’s)

Be sure to pick up one of these brews soon because most of them only are available for a limited time. And you can always try out one of the tasty appetizer recipes too! Which are you most interested in trying?

 

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