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Delicious Tailgating Recipes: Jalapeño Poppers & Crispy Chicken Wings

“I don’t always scream at my television, but when I do, it’s football season!!” -Unknown


Are you ready for some football?! Fall is right around the corner, and with Fall comes good ole’ family and friends time! To some, Game Day means tailgating, to others it means eating yummy snacks, appetizers, finger foods, or even different types of meats. Whether your meal plan is large or small, NABISCO has delicious ideas for you!

Jalapeño Poppers have always been an ultimate go to! If you don’t like too much spicy flavor, you can scrape out all the seeds; however if you like the spicy flavor, you can keep the seeds in the pepper!

Jalapeño Poppers


24 fresh jalapeño peppers (about 2 lb.)

1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened

1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

1/4 cup flour

2 eggs, beaten

40 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed (about 1-2/3 cups)

2 cups oil



CUT lengthwise slit in top of each pepper; scrape out seeds and veins. Combine next 3 ingredients; spoon into peppers.

ROLL peppers in flour; dip in eggs, then roll in cracker crumbs to evenly coat. Place in single layer in shallow pan. Refrigerate 15 min.

HEAT oil in medium saucepan to 375ºF. Add peppers, in batches; cook 3 min. or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

Next on the list is a recipe for Wings! Did you know that wings are amongst the top of Game Day foods? Wings are a great finger food to enjoy that can be quick and easy! NABISCO has a great recipe for some wings that involves RITZ Crackers.

RITZ Crispy-Coated Chicken Wings


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

3 Tbsp. prepared horseradish

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

25 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 1 cup)

1 tsp. garlic salt

2 lb. split chicken wings (12 pieces)



HEAT oven to 400°F.

MIX first 4 ingredients until well blended. Reserve 3/4 cup for dipping. Mix cracker crumbs and garlic salt in shallow dish.

BRUSH wings with remaining mayonnaise mixture; roll in cracker crumbs until evenly coated. Place in foil-lined 15x10x1-inch pan.

BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until chicken is done, turning after 15 min. Serve as dippers with reserved sauce.


And, of course, no party would be complete without a delicious snack! Cream cheese, instant pudding, chocolate chips, and NILLA wafers make this treat a TOUCHDOWN!

NILLA Football Spread


  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 pkg. (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 tsp. decorating icing
  • NILLA Wafers


BEAT cream cheese in medium bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually add milk, mixing well after each addition. Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 min. Stir in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

SPOON onto center of serving platter. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, then shape into oval shape to resemble football. Remove plastic wrap. Press remaining chocolate chips into cream cheese mixture to completely cover football. Refrigerate 30 min.

USE icing to draw laces on football. Serve with wafers.


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