Football season is underway and hopefully so is a delicious day of tailgating. We've partnered with Food52 to bring you a stress-free game plan for hosting success, starting with snacks, and kicking it through to cocktails.
3 Sweet and Salty Snack Mixes
Are you Team Sweet or Team Salty? Or maybe... Team Sweet 'n' Salty? We created these easy sweet and salty snack recipes with Food52 to get you through an entire season of football hosting. These five-ingredient-or-less recipes use pantry favorites from Boxed, so you can whip these up in minutes, then get back to the tailgate.
Wasabi Soy Sauce Popcorn Snack Mix with Roasted Seaweed
Makes about 11 cups
10 cups Pop Secret Popcorn
3 tablespoons Prince & Spring Organic Coconut Oil, melted (or butter)
1 tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce Less Sodium
1 1/2 cups Blue Diamond Wasabi & Soy Sauce Almonds
1 pack Jayone Roasted Seaweed, crumbled
- Microwave the popcorn. Whisk the coconut oil (or butter) and soy sauce together in a small bowl or the pan you melted you melted it in. Drizzle the soy sauce mixture over the popcorn and toss to coat. Mix in the almonds and seaweed, transfer to a bowl and eat immediately.
Sweet 'n Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Mix
Makes about 12 cups
- 2 1/2 cups Peanut M&M's
- 4 1/2 cups Reese's Puffs cereal
- 1 1/2 cups Prince & Spring Roasted & Salted peanuts
- 4 1/2 cups Snyder's mini pretzels
- Combine all ingredients in a big bowl and mix well. Admire how the smaller ingredients nestle in the holes of the mini pretzels and make fun little faces. Share with friends and enjoy!
Tropical Sunset Snack Mix
Makes about 10 cups
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 2 cups chopped, dried Mariani apricots
- 6 to 8 tablespoons Prince & Spring organic coconut oil, melted
- 2 teaspoons McCormick ground cinnamon
- Heat oven to 225° F (or 250° F if that's your oven's lowest setting). In a small bowl (or the pan you melted the coconut oil in), whisk together the coconut oil and ground cinnamon.
- Put the cereal in a large bowl.Drizzle in the coconut oil and spice mixture and toss to coat everything really well. Spread the mixture evenly across a couple of baking sheets and bake until the mix is crisp and dried out, 45 to 60 minutes—stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let that mixture cool and then mix in the apricots. Pour into a bowl and share with friends.
Universal Seasoning for wings, burgers, fried chicken, anything
It's easy to get overwhelmed when tailgate hosting. So when we paired up with Food52's master butcher Cara Nicoletti, we were sold on her no-nonsense approach to cooking.
Cara's motto? Buy spices in bulk and season everything in sight! Cara has created a genius seasoning mix that works on everything from wings to burgers, and we have a feeling it's going to save our sanity when feeding a crowd.
Here's Cara's one spice mix to rule them all recipe. Go forth and use it with abandon on everything.
- 1/4 cup paprika or Lawry's Seasoned Salt
- 2 teaspoons McCormick ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon McCormick granulated garlic
- Salt to taste (about 1/8 of a cup)
- Throw everything into an airtight container. Use it all the time!
No (foot)baller tailgate is complete without drinks, so whether your friends are sulking or celebrating, make sure you have a batch of cocktails on hand. And since we love everything in bulk -- especially cocktails -- both recipes can be made in a pitcher or punch bowl, so you can just pour, stir, and serve. Watch the recipes below, then get all your cocktail ingredients delivered by Boxed.
Pineapple Tequila Punch
- Pour everything into a punchbowl, stir and serve with plenty of ice.
Spicy Bloody Marys
- Pour into a large pitcher, stir and serve with olives.