Tailgating made easy

September 29, 1998

Tailgating made easyMaterial courtesy of Colorado Potatoes, Horseradish Information Council, Johnsonville Foods and National Onion Association

Tailgate parties are one of the annual traditions of fall. Whether you are at the football stadium or in your back yard, outdoor entertaining can be simple if you prepare simple dishes in advance.

Add some spirit to your sauces and spreads with horseradish. The humble but indispensable onion adds flavor and taste to any grilled recipe.

The tailgating favorite potato salad or the creamy chocolate potato brownies are sure to be a game-winning treat. Last, but not least, the absolute essential of any tailgating party is the bratwurst.


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This German favorite can be topped with caramelized onions and tangy horseradish mustard sauce. These recipes are designed to make your tailgating party easy, with the majority of the preparation accomplished ahead of time. On the day of the game, the final details are left for the grill.

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Tailgating tips

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Prepared horseradish is grated horseradish root, blended with vinegar and salt to stabilize the heat. It's most often found bottled in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. Refrigerate it at home to retain the fresh flavor. Other types of horseradish, such as cream-style horseradish or horseradish mustard, can be found in the condiment section alongside sauces and dressings.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Place bratwurst on the grill, leaving at least 1/2 inch between each one for even cooking and to decrease the possibility of flare-ups.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> If the grill gets too hot, place ice cubes on the grate above the area you wish to cool. As the cubes melt, they cool down the coals.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> A dollop of prepared horseradish added to barbecue sauce, marinades, mayonnaise, sour cream, dips, salad dressings and prepared salads adds new flavor to tailgate favorites.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Selecting an onion is simple. Look for outer skins that are dry and free of green sunburn spots or blemishes. The onion should be heavy for its size, with no scent. Avoid onions with strong odors, a sign of internal bruising. Make sure the onion is firm and compact.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Leaving the skin on the potato will save peeling time and vitamins. If you prefer to peel your potatoes, sprinkle them with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> To reduce tearing when slicing onions, cut off the top and peel the outer layers, leaving the root end intact. The root end has the largest concentration of sulphuric compounds, which will make your eyes tear.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> To speed up preparation time, cut your potatoes in half, place them cut side down on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees. They'll be ready in half the time.

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