September 2, 2009 10:56:00 AM
Jan Swoope - [email protected]
With about 72 hours left on the SEC season count-down clock, tailgate pros and red-shirt rookies alike are looking forward to major game day munchies. For many, a game is not a game unless a tailgate spread precedes it.
While the Mississippi State University Bulldogs run through final drills for their match-up Saturday in Starkville against Jackson State University, and the Ole Miss Rebels prepare to take on Memphis State in Memphis Sunday, the tailgate nation is planning menus.
Bulldog tailgaters now have a new way to share their culinary creations, according to Harriet Laird, associate director of MSU University Relations.
By logging on to the MSU Facebook site at www.facebook.com/msstate, gurus of the tailgate grill can post their favorite recipes. Just click on "Discussions," follow the link to "Tailgating Recipes" and share away.
Brent Fountain, of the MSU food science, nutrition and health promotion department, shares several food preparation tips and other helpful hints to keep in mind when firing up for football festivities.
"Remember that tailgating is an event, and for many it''s bigger than the game itself," the assistant extension professor said.
To go along with team-themed serving dishes, logo-stamped glassware and decorations, Fountain suggests these "do''s" and "don''ts" for flawless fun.
"Tailgating allows us to spend time with those we may not see on a regular basis and with some we may never see again, but it allows us to be part of an event through the foods we bring and share," Fountain said.
To impress family, friends and even visitors rooting for the opposing team, he said the "don''t" list is just as important as the "do''s."
Green game days
MSU tailgaters are urged to embrace a new initiative called "Keep It Clean: Green Game Day, Sustainable Season." The program developed by the athletic department and the school''s Environment Colaborative Office is aimed at recycling aluminum, plastic and glass and reducing tailgate trash.
While many universities charge tailgating fees to defray the costs of extensive post-game cleanups, MSU does not, observed Athletic Director Greg Byrne. The school depends on fans to do their part by bagging tailgate trash and recycling whenever possible, he added.
Typically, maroon and white trash receptacles are located throughout campus on game weekends. For the first time this year, green recycling boxes also will be provided by MSU''s ECO and the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Byrne said, "Our fans have shown over time that they''re a big part of creating a great game day experience at Mississippi State. ... ''Keep It Clean'' reinforces our commitment to providing the best college football experience possible throughout the season."
Tailgating recipes abound on the Internet.You can scout them at sites such as www.tailgating.com/Recipes.htm and www.southerntailgater.com/recipes.
TAILGATE CHEESE DIP
1 pound package Jack cheese
Two peeled tomatoes, diced fine
Six to eight black olives, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped green chilies
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
(Recipe courtesy of SouthernAngel.com)
ROASTED CHICKEN DRUMETTES
Makes 24 pieces
24 chicken drumettes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
(Recipe courtesy of Southern Living)
CORN DOG POPPERS
One box Jiffy corn muffin mix
One egg (per Jiffy box)
1/3 cup milk (per Jiffy box)
Three regular hog dogs
(Recipe courtesy of SouthernTailgater.com)
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.