One of the most highly anticipated events for sports lovers in any year is the start of the football season. Whether it be high school, college or professional, Americans embrace it with more enthusiasm and anticipation than any other sport.
High School football begins this Friday night with contests all over the country. The majority of colleges and universities don’t begin until the following week, kicking off the Labor Day weekend while the NFL delays their opening still another week, kicking off with Thursday Night Football on September 8th.
I’ve watched a football game on TV alone from time to time, but I must admit that I prefer the company of others. It gives me someone to complain to when there’s a particularly egregious call made! And when two or more people gather together to enjoy sports there exists a second component that only makes the viewing that much more enjoyable. I’m talking about food! Snacks! Tailgate Fare!
You don’t have to present an elaborate spread when company comes over and the snack industry in this company is grateful when you don’t. Potato chips, tortilla chips, cheeses, pepperoni, pretzels and so much more are traditional snacking options for the “big game”. On a trip to North Carolina a few years ago, my oldest son, Josh, discovered Pimiento Cheese Spread. Of course, when he returned home, he spent many attempts at replicating it. It’s flavorful, fairly simple to make and goes great on crackers of any type ( I prefer Triscuits).
|12oz mayonnaise||2 tbs softened cream cheese||1 tsp lemon juice|
|1 tsp Worcestershire sauce||¼ tsp cayenne (red) pepper||1 lb sharp yellow cheddar|
|4 oz jar of pimientos||Optional: any kind of hot sauce||To taste|
- Whisk mayonnaise, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and cayenne together in large bowl. 2. Shred 8 ounces cheddar on large holes of box grater. Shred remaining 8 ounces cheddar on small holes of box grater. Stir pimentos and all cheddar into mayonnaise. Now taste it. Add more cayenne or hot sauce if you like your cheese spread a little “spicier”!