Meridian Star

September 9, 2012

Recipes for the big game

By Leigh Anne Whittle
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Football season is already upon us. Here’s a few ideas to “kick off” your tailgating party. All three recipes can be made ahead of time and packed and ready to go.   


Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese

3 /4 cup cooked, chopped chicken breast

1 /2 cup Buffalo wing sauce

1 /4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1 /4 cup sliced green onions

    Spread cream cheese onto bottom of microwaveable 9-inch pie plate.  Mix chicken and sauce; spoon over cream cheese.  Sprinkle with blue cheese and onions.  Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes or until heated through.  Serve with celery stick and Wheat Thins.  

Ranch Burgers

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1 (1oz.) package ranch dressing mix

1 egg, lightly beaten

3 /4 cup crushed saltine crackers

1 onion, chopped

Preheat grill for high heat.  In a bowl, mix the ground beef, ranch dressing mix, egg, crackers, and onion.  Form into hamburger patties.  Lightly oil the grill grate.  Place patties on grill and cook 5 minutes per side or until done.    Serve on your favorite bun or roll with lettuce tomato and cheese and black pepper.

Chocolate-Oatmeal Chunk Cookies

2 sticks butter , softened

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 /2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 teas. vanilla

2 cups all- purpose flour

3 /4 teas. baking soda

1 teas. salt

3 cups uncooked regular oats

1 (11.5oz.) package semisweet chocolate mega morsels

1 cup chopped pecans

Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add to butter mixture, mixing well.  Stir in oats, morsels, and pecans.  Drop by rounded tbls. onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 for 9 minutes until golden.  Cool slightly on baking sheets; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes 5 dozen.  

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