The cool, crisp days of Fall means that Patriots Football season is here once again. You may be heading off to your next Patriots game early so you can host a tailgate party in the parking lot so we decided to come up with some of the essentials we think you need to make the best party ever. Before we get to the Chicken Fried Bacon, let me give you some other great tailgating essentials we think you need to make your Patriots football party the best ever.
Head on over to your local Stop and Shop store, the official Supermarket for the Patriots, and look for these items to make your tailgating experience most fun and convenient. Did you know that Stop and Shop is the official supermarket for the New England Patriots?
We stopped into our local Stop & Shop and picked up a few things for our tailgate party. The plaid tablecloth, leaf-embossed charger plate, and miniature pumpkins were just the thing to give our party a festival Fall feel.
Did you know that Stop & Shop produces a line of seasonal foods? This Fall season they are presenting all things pumpkin, including Pumpkin Hummus topped with pumpkin seeds & Pumpkin Cranberry Cracker Crisps, that we added to our tailgate party plan.
We also spotted “Cracker Cuts”, pre-cut chunk cheese that comes in a recloseable container – such a time saver and the same price as non-cut chunk cheese.
We picked up some Yuengling Oktoberfest craft beer and local Connecticut Two Roads Worker’s Comp to grace our tailgating table. These are two of our favorite craft beer brands. Copper in color, the Yuengling Oktoberfest is a “medium-bodied beer that is the perfect blend of roasted malts just the right amount of hops to capture a true representation of the style.” Two Roads Workers Comp is a “traditional farmhouse ale made with a very expressive yeast strain that contributes an array of tropical fruit, spice flavors and aromatics. Brewed with a variety of harvest grains including barley, wheat, oats and rye as was likely the case with farmhouse brewers of yore.”
Worried about the weather and want to blast some tunes at your tailgate party? Check out the Altec Lansing Life Jacket Bluetooth Speaker. This compact speaker weighs only 1-1/2 pounds and is both waterproof, shockproof, dust-proof and have a Lithium-ion battery that offers up to 16 hours of battery life on a full charge. The rubberized jacket casing makes it slip-resistant on any surface and it also comes with a special bracket so you can attach it to your pop-up tent.
The Altec Lansing Wireless Speaker connects to any Bluetooth-enabled mobile device, including your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Stream and listen to your music wirelessly, with a fast, stable wireless connection. It’s just the right size to bring to the game or your tailgating party and it will provide the stereo quality sounds you are looking for.
Of course, you will need some great snacks and food items to munch on. Can we say chili and chowder? Or if you were in Boston, chowda! Here’s a Connecticut Venison Molasses chili recipe from History of Connecticut Food book by Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki, that will definitely be different than all of the other chilis you see at the tailgating party. The History of Connecticut is more than a cookbook, is it also a history of food in Connecticut. Each chapter focuses on a different crop, livestock, game, or prepared dish that Connecticut has either pioneered or made its own. Along with these brief histories, the book features traditional and modernized recipes.
Venison Molasses Chili Recipe
- 4 ouces bacon, cut into pieces
- 2 pounds venison meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large onion
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 28-oz can crushed plum tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 3 cups water
- 3 ounces tomato paste
- 4 cups red kidney beans, drained and cooked
In a large pot, cook bacon until fat begins to render. Add venison and season with salt and pepper. Add onion, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about 10 minutes, or until onions are tender and venison browns. Mix in cayenne pepper, basil, nutmeg, cinnamon and mustard. Add tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and molasses. Dissolve tomato paste in water and add to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add beans and simmer until meat is tender, for another 30 to 45 minutes. Add additional water if necessary. Serve with sour cream or grated cheese or both!
This is a nifty product for a tailgate party, dorm, or office. The Cordless Crock-Pot Food Warmer let’s you take your warm food on the go without having to worry about cords. The cordless caddy has an integrated carry handle for easy toting to and from home. The 24-ounce capacity is the perfect size for personal portion lunches or for dips. It’s not quite large enough to hold all of the chili you will be making for your Patriots Tailgate party, but it would be great for two servings or for a hot dip or soup. While this is cordless it does work mainly with the corded base. Plug it in, heat it up, remove the unit and go.
The SteakChamp LED Meat Thermometer is 3-Color is an innovative meat thermometer that makes grilling the perfect steaks easy and efficient. How? The thermometer is inserted into raw meat and then made to throw right on the grill. It’s technology alerts you when steaks have reached either medium rare, medium, or medium well doneness by a LED light that either flashes red, yellow or green. Plus, once the steak has been removed from the grill the SteakChamp stays lite to measure the meat’s important resting phase. Ensuring no delicious juices escape the steak, it is safe to cut into the meat when the light turns off.
How about some Chicken Fried Bacon?
There’s something we have never heard of but I bet you’ll be the host with the most if you serve them. These are made with Farmland bacon and you can pick that up at Stop and Shop too. We even have the recipes for you provided by Farmland® from their Extreme Recipe Playbook.
Chicken Fried Bacon Recipe
- 15 strips of Farmland® Hickory Smoked Thick Cut bacon
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1-1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- salt and pepper
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk them together until they are combined nicely.
- Add eggs and milk to the mixture and continue to whisk until all the lumps have gone and the mixture is smooth. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes.
- Dip a strip of bacon in, swirl it around and then place it in a pan of vegetable oil or a deep fryer at 350° F.
- Fry the bacon for 10 minutes, until the outside is crispy and brown.
- Eat the crispy bacon goodness!
Some of the other free tailgating recipes you will find in the Farmland tailgating recipe booklet are Jalapeno Bacon Grilled Cheese, BBQ Bacon Party Mix, Bacon Onion Rings, and even Bacon S’Mores.
Photo Sources: MCT, Farmland, CT Lifestyles