(Family Features) The start of football season kicks off fall tailgating parties and game-watching gatherings. While the battle on the field for the pigskin may be competitive, the best scrimmages are happening in parking lots and backyards across the country as football fans search for crowd-pleasing gameday fare before the big games.
Don't be the one to fumble at your party this season. Elevate your tailgate and amp up this season's menu with the authentic flavors of New Orleans.
Take a page from the Big Easy's playbook and create a hearty, crowd-pleasing dish like Dirty Jambalaya that can be made in advance and brought to the party, or is portable enough to take to the stadium. With Dirty Jambalaya, your crowd will roar with excitement and fans from opposing teams may even put aside their differences to celebrate this satisfying and flavorful meal.
A Crowd-Pleasing Feast
Dirty Jambalaya is a one-pot meal that starts with flavorful and easy-to-prepare Zatarain's Dirty Rice, and can be customized to each fans' unique tastes with meats, seafood and vegetables. Score a touchdown at your next tailgate with these Dirty Jambalaya tips:
- Set up a Dirty Jambalaya bar with different add-ins, like chicken, beef or sausage, and vegetables, like peppers, mushrooms and onions, for fans to customize their own perfect party plate.
- Score extra points with seafood lovers who can mix in shrimp or crawfish along with the meats and veggies for the ultimate flavor experience.
- Tailgating at the stadium? Prepare Dirty Jambalaya in advance and take it with you to the game. It's easily eaten off paper plates, so no extra equipment is needed and clean-up is a breeze. Just bring a fork to enjoy.
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