Without divulging all the potentially embarrassing details, suffice it to say that college football is a BIG THING in my home. While I am an avid fan of my alma mater and truly love watching their gridiron performances (some years more than others), it is not hyperbole to say that my husband is a RABID FANATIC when it comes to his school's football antics. Normally, we spend fall Saturdays together watching a variety of games on TV, but always working the day's schedule around the schedules of our 2 teams. This upcoming Saturday is an exception to the ‘watching together' norm. This Saturday our teams play each other and we watch the game on two different TVs, as far from each other as possible so that we don't have to interact with each other. It can get kinda ugly.
And whether we're watching our game live or from our home, Football Saturdays are made for nibbling food. If we're at my alma mater, where tailgating is almost as important an event as the actual game, we set up in the fields surrounding the stadium with an assortment of nibbles and noshes. If we're at home, I'll make a pot of chili, we'll set out some cheese trays and some appetizers and let everyone graze throughout the day. Don't you find that the food and how you serve it further adds to the enjoyment of an event?
The only downside is that so often nibbling and noshing food can really fill you up, in a not so healthy way. In my ongoing quest of finding a happy compromise between tasty and healthy, these ‘grazing days' can test my creativity. Luckily I recently took the challenge thrown down by Chobani (The OFFICIAL Yogurt of College Football) to come up with great tasting Tailgating Foods using Chobani and I'm pretty tickled with the outcome. Let's just say this Curry Yogurt Spread is a Touchdown…WITH a 2-point conversion.!
In brainstorming Perfect Tailgating Foods I knew the recipe had to meet three simple criteria:
Start this appetizer the day before your tailgate or game day meal. It DOES NOT require 24 hours of work, but you need to drain the yogurt for about 8-10 hours in the fridge to get the consistency you want, then you'll mix it all together and then refrigerate it for a couple of hours to let all the flavors meld. But, that's the perfect recipe for a busy game day anyway! The last thing you want to be doing the morning of the big game is trying to put together an appetizer when you really should be getting your game face on!
Whatever you do, don't waste the whey that drains from your yogurt. I use it when I make bread, but Don't Waste the Crumbs has 36 ideas on how to reuse this nutritious liquid.
And while I state it in the recipe, it bears repeating…don't skip the condiments on top of the spread. They are an integral component of the recipe. I'd pack some extra to take along so that you can refresh them at half-time!
Have some extra chopped peanuts and scallions to top up your spread after they have all been consumed.
No matter your alma mater, unless you're playing my team, I hope your College Football Saturday is filled with good food, good friends and a happy outcome for your school. Thanks to Chobani for throwing down this challenge and I look forward to more in the future. Check out their recipe section for a bunch of creative ways to use Greek Yogurt!
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