Is everyone as giddy as I am about the start of football season?
As I’ve mentioned before, we are a football-loving family. We’ve been counting down the days in anticipation of kickoff.
I’ve been working on my tailgate menus for weeks. I’ve got my tailgate tote packed with all of the essentials. I’ve got a checklist that I’ve been checking and rechecking. Yes, I think we’re ready. Bring it on!
I’m sure I am embarrassing myself by telling this story but here goes.
When our son graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2013, we were among the proud parents sitting in that hot Statesboro sun for the commencement ceremony. I was so excited to see our baby boy walk across that stage, turn the tassel and become a college graduate. I was fully engaged in the entire pomp and circumstance.
So when the guest speaker for the ceremony took the podium, I was extremely interested in what he had to say that would impart lasting words of wisdom into all of these young minds. My intrigue quickly turned to confusion when we began talking about the SEC. I thought to myself, “Why in the world would he address Georgia Southern graduates about the importance of the SEC?” Georgia Southern is in the Sun Belt Conference, not the Southeastern Conference in football.
I looked at my family who didn’t seem to be confused at all, making it all the more of a mystery to me. So I listened a little closer and that’s when it hit me. He wasn’t talking about the Southeastern Conference, he was talking about the Securities and Exchange Commission. Oh yeah, the other SEC.
And that, my friends, is when you know you have been fully indoctrinated into the football culture.
Game day begins early. There is the setting up of the tent; the TV complete with generator power; the corn hole; and the food.
It probably goes without saying that my favorite part of the football experience is the food. I’ve got a repertoire of recipes perfect for an afternoon game or one that goes late into the night. The timing of the game is very important when preparing a menu. Day games require a breakfast/brunch menu while the evening games lean toward a full hearty meal.
Tailgate food is the best. Or is just the anticipation of the game and eating outside with your friends and family that makes it taste so good?
This recipe has been around for a while and is a favorite among tailgaters. And just because I can ... Goooo Dawgs! Sic em!
Hogs in a Sleeping Bag
1 package Kielbasa sausage
1 can refrigerated butter biscuits
Honey mustard, barbeque sauce or jam
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut kielbasa sausage into six 4-inch pieces.
Flatten out each biscuit. Roll each piece of kielbasa in uncooked biscuit and place on a greased baking sheet.
Beat egg in a small dish and brush generously over biscuit.
Bake until biscuit is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Serve with mustard, barbecue sauce, or jam, if desired.
Crevolyn Wiley is a Gainesville resident with her first published cookbook “Cooking with Crevolyn” available at J&J Foods. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.