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Karen's Kitchen

November 16, 2011

Tailgating Feast

TARBORO — We aren’t tailgaters. We rarely go to games but when we do, we don’t tailgate. However, I have many friends who do and they can take tailgating to a whole different level! I think that might be fun. Here are some recipes to give you some ideas to get started with.

Our first recipe is for shrimp. This will take your tailgating up a notch! A very simple and easy marinade that makes your shrimp so delicious that you don't even need cocktail sauce.  You won’t even taste the cayenne pepper, so don’t leave it out. I make this with frozen or fresh shrimp and use my indoor electric grill if the weather is not good.

The second recipe is from an ECU student. It’s for wings. You can’t have tailgating without wings. This one is easy. I still like to dip them in Ranch dressing or bleu cheese dressing though.

The third recipe is jalapeño poppers. I love these. This recipe is great for tailgating. When I make them at home, I bread them and deep fry them or bake them and coat them with queso. Wow!

Our fourth recipe is for a great sandwich. You will enjoy this whether you are tailgating or packing a picnic lunch.  This dish uses black forest ham but you can easily substitute any meat that you wish. I use whatever is on sale!

The last dish is a “mock” slider. By definition, a slider is a little burger.  This is corned beef. I don’t buy canned corned beef but you can and it’s easy to transport. If you aren’t tailgating, I would use sliced from the deli. But, the canned version is perfect for tailgating.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup tomato sauce

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

Skewers

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