A Game Plan for Your Game-Day Bash
Spicy Touchdown Tenders
(Family Features) Not everyone can score tickets to the big game, but anyone can throw a big game bash to watch it with friends and family.
To help you avoid making rookie party planning mistakes, Kellogg has partnered with pro running back LaDainian Tomlinson, of the New York Jets, to help you score points at your big game bash.
"I know how tough it can be to please everybody, both on the field and off," said Tomlinson. "But with some good strategy, you can plan a great party that puts a smile on everybody's face."
Make a Party Playbook
- Crunch the numbers: Count on guests each eating between 8 to 12 servings of appetizers over a two-hour period. Plan on two nonalcoholic drinks per guest during the first hour, and one for each hour after that. Buy about a pound of ice per guest for drinks.
- Tackle the food prep early: Make as much of the food ahead of time as you can. Peel, chop and prep veggie trays a day or two in advance. Dips and desserts can be made the day before. If you'll be making anything in a slow cooker, prep all your ingredients in advance as well, so that all you have to do when you wake up is put them in the cooker and turn it on.
Sack Boring Snacks
- Stock up on all-star ingredients: Make sure you have plenty of the things your team really likes. Crowd-pleasers like Cheez-It, Town House Flipside crackers, Keebler cookies, and Rice Krispie Treats make adults and kids alike happy, and they can be used as ingredients in other dishes, too.
- Run a surprise play: Try a new recipe like these Spicy Touchdown Tenders. They get a surprising, crunchy kick from Cheez-It Hot & Spicy crackers. Serve them with some Buffalo sauce and they'll be the MVPs of your party.
Recruit a Great Team
- Call on your special teams: If you want a great dessert, but don't bake, ask your baking friends to work their magic for the party. Get the resident chili expert to make his best, and let your friend the décor expert set the scene. They'll enjoy working in their zones, and you get a few things taken off your to-do list.
- Let the Pee Wee League play, too: Get the kids involved with party prep. Older ones can help you make food and younger ones can set out utensils, cups and plates. You can appoint some special "Trash Referees" to patrol the party and help clean up plates and cups during the game, so there's not a big mess to clean up afterward.
For more tips and game day recipes, head to www.SnackPicks.com.
Spicy Touchdown Tenders
- 1 pound chicken tenders
- 3/4 cup buffalo chicken wing sauce
- 2 cups Cheez-It Hot & Spicy crackers, crushed
- Place chicken tenders in large plastic, zip-tip bag. Pour in buffalo chicken wing sauce. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- Spray large baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Place crushed crackers on large plate. Remove each chicken tender from marinade and roll in crackers to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tenders. Discard any remaining marinade.
- Place prepared chicken in preheated oven. Bake 15-20 minutes or until thermometer reaches 165ºF. Serve hot.