We love cheering on our favorite football teams this time of year and even have some good-natured rivalries in the office. This year, we thought it would be fun to combine our favorite things: football, tailgating, and Wild Blueberries! We’ve selected five recipes that are perfect for noshing on while cheering on your special team. Many of these recipes can be prepared ahead of time so you can enjoy as much of the game as possible.
You won’t know if they are cheering for the game or these antioxidant-rich poppers. This tasty appetizer has that classic jalapeño popper heat, creamy goat cheese goodness, and an extra pop of the blueberriest flavor from the Wild Blueberries. If things get too heated, a little side of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt should do the trick – for the poppers, that is!
Meatballs are a classic food for any gathering. This WILD twist to a crowd favorite will be gone before the last play. You might even catch your friends dipping everything in the Wild Blueberry barbeque sauce, and who can blame them? It’s sweet, tangy and full of antioxidants, twice that of ordinary blueberries, so you can enjoy every last drop of barbecue sauce with no guilt.
If your game time taste buds can’t decide on sweet or savory, these Wild Blueberry & Brie Pastry Bites may just be the solution! The combination of crispy, flaky pastry, warm, gooey brie and the pop of blueberry flavor from the Wild Blueberries are a perfect starter or a not-too-sweet treat.
What’s a tailgating party without the grill? Leave those plain ole burgers at home and go a little WILD! Mix up ground turkey, garlic, spinach, and bacon with some Wild Blueberries and be ready for some game time magic – you can even make these into bite-sized sliders. If you’re feeling adventurous, add some feta cheese to the patties, or layer some on the bun with lettuce and tomato. That pop of sweet, tart and tangy will have your fellow tailgaters talking about your burger long after the game-winning play.
Is it even a tailgating party without wings? We don’t think so either! If you grill, fry or bake your wings, this Wild Blueberry barbecue sauce will land you in the end zone. Made with Maine Craft Distilling’s Ration Rum and Blueshine, this barbecue sauce will win you the game. If you can’t find their spirits near you, well, that’s just another reason to visit Maine. Many thanks to Chef Henning for sharing this recipe with us!