On any given Saturday or Sunday from the start of September through the end of January, you can guarantee that football is being watched in our house. I imagine this holds true for most families in Southern Louisiana. Football is a way of life. Whether you play it, coach it, cheer for it, or are just a fan of it, we LOVE our football.
In these parts, there’s one other thing that we happen to love that pairs perfectly with a day spent watching the gridiron greats – FOOD. I’d say that second to football it is our greatest passion, but there’s no reason to rank them since they go hand in hand so nicely.
When preparing a menu for the big game, my recipes have to meet a few criteria. They must be easy, transportable, and able to feed a crowd (delicious is a given). I thought that in celebration of the start to a new season, I’d share with you one of my very favorite tailgating recipes!
This quick and easy recipe is courtesy of none other than Martha Stewart. In my opinion, Martha can do no wrong. I like to imagine that if Martha and I had been co-eds together we would have met at a tailgate where we’d have discussed our love of herb infused simple syrups, hand-made salted caramels, and personalized stationery. After a little more bonding and a toast to the home team, she would give me her secret snack mix recipe. Mmmmmm… Spicy-Sweet Pretzel Mix. How perfect. Every girl I know that calls Louisiana home is a perfect combination of spicy and sweet! Enjoy!
Spicy-Sweet Pretzel Mix (as adapted by me)
2 cups unsalted pretzel twists
1 cup natural almonds
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or chipotle pepper)
½ tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Suggested Substitution and Additions: Use cinnamon rather than cayenne pepper, use local pecans versus almonds, use smoked sea salt versus plain. Add banana chips or chocolate chips or Reese’s pieces (stir in after removed from the oven). I can’t imagine that there isn’t anything that wouldn’t work well with butter and brown sugar!!