How To Throw a Perfect “Tailgate at Your Place” Dinner Party

Tailgate at Your Place Dinner Party

 

This post has been created as part of a #GameDayPizza campaign. As such, I’ve been compensated by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. All opinions and recipe ideas are my own.

When you can’t make it to the arena to tailgate, what’s the next best option? Inviting some friends over for a “Tailgate at Your Place” Dinner Party right?

If you live out in the sticks like I do and the closest college and professional sports arenas are over an hour drive away, the most responsible tailgating takes place within your own home. Heck, when you live in Central Florida you can make the argument that the most comfortable tailgate parties can be had in the air conditioning of your home as opposed to the subtropical conditions of sitting in an outdoor arena. But I digress.

THE FOOD

Of course the game is the most important aspect of a proper Tailgate at Home Party but the food is critical in keeping the party going. And so you, as the hostess, don’t miss any of the football action you are going to want to make things simple and easy.

Pepperoni Pizza and Key Lime Pie

For this party I shopped at my local Walmart and purchased a Freschetta® Naturally Rising Signature Pepperoni Pizza, a full sized Edwards Key Lime Pie in a Cookie Crust, and the ingredients to make a Game Day Jalapeno and Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball.

The pie was as easy as taking it out of the freezer to thaw. The Freschetta pizza took only 25 minutes in the oven. I purchased a naturally rising crust. It uses natural yeast and no chemicals and rises just like fresh baked bread in the oven. If you prefer a thinner pizza there is a thin crust and brick oven option as well. All Freschetta pizzas use 100% real cheese and premium meats and tomato sauce.

Freschetta Pizza at Walmart

TAILGATE AT YOUR PLACE SWEEPSTAKES

Another reason to opt for a Freschetta pizza for your at home tailgate dinner party is the added bonus of being entered to win prizes in the Freschetta  “Tailgate at Your Place Sweepstakes.” There were several specially marked pizza boxes which gave you a code to enter on the sweepstakes website. Prizes range from $8,000 to VISA gift cards to free pizza.

GAME DAY JALAPENO & BACON PIMENTO CHEESE BALL

Game Day Jalapeno & Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball Football

Pizza and pie are easy and this Game Day Jalapeno & Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball, shaped like a football, can be made the day before. All you need to do is open up a bag of football shaped pretzels to go along with it and you’ll be back to watching the game in no time.

This is literally a one bowl wonder.

Game Day Jalapeno & Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball Football

Cut the top off your jalapeno pepper and take out all of the seeds and ribs. Dice it as fine as you can. In a large bowl combine your softened cream cheese, mayo, finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, pimento, jalapeno, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.

Game Day Jalapeno & Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball Football

Once that mixture is fully combined you are going to want to turn it out onto a large piece of plastic wrap.

Game Day Jalapeno & Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball Football

Mold it into the shape of a football and then place it into the refrigerator to set up. This should take about an hour.

Game Day Jalapeno & Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball Football

Once your cheese ball has set, take it out of the fridge and cover with real bacon bits. I used freeze dried chives to form the laces for the football. Add a side of football shaped pretzels to dip into it and voila’!

Game Day Jalapeno & Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball Football

Here’s the recipe…

Game Day Jalapeno & Bacon Pimento Cheese Ball
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 8 oz finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz jar diced pimento
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 3 oz real bacon bits
  • freeze-dried chives
Instructions
  1. Cut the top off your jalapeno pepper and take out the seeds and ribs
  2. Finely mince the jalapeno.
  3. In a large bowl, combine your softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, pimento, mayo, onion powder, worcestershire sauce and jalapeno.
  4. Once everything is combined, turn your mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap and mold into the shape of a football.
  5. Place your cheese football into the fridge to set.
  6. Once set, place your pimento cheese ball onto a serving tray and cover it with real bacon bits
  7. Use the freeze dried chives to form the laces on the football.
  8. Serve with a side of football shaped pretzels

 

How about you..are you hosting any Tailgate at Your Place parties this season? Do you have a go-to game day recipe?

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