Football Food: 2 More Recipes For Game-Winning Weekends

It’s tailgating season. In fact, it’s is the peak of tailgating season.

Area colleges are busy preparing for homecoming week. The Bison will storm the Fargodome on Saturday, and MSUM and Concordia will celebrate the following week. During this time, fans gather to support their team, share a beverage and eat delicious food. (Sounds like a dream, right?)

Never having experienced authentic Bison tailgating before (I was a UW-Stout alum… go Bluedevils!), I wondered, How does it all work? What do you eat? What do you drink? How do the veterans do it?

So I asked.

Joan Achtenberg, Megan Bartholomay and Paul Hannaher shared four touchdown-worthy recipes that make tailgating not only fun, but delectable.

Surprise! I have more. Here’s to a safe and fabulous tailgating season. Cheers!

Blueberry Brunch Coffee Cake

Recipe submitted by Joan Achtenberg from “A Taste of Heaven” Cookbook by the employees of Oakes Community Hospital


  • ½ cup butter   
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt  
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup blueberries        
  • 8 ounces cream cheese   
  • 2 eggs                          
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla                
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar                  
  • 2 cups flour

For Topping

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 tablespoon butter


Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture. Alternate with milk, beating until smooth with each addition. Stir in blueberries, spread in buttered and floured 9 by 13-inch pan. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over top. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thundering Bacon-Wrapped Poppers

Recipe submitted by Megan Bartholomay

Serves: 24 poppers


  • 1/2 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise (seeds and membranes removed)
  • 12 slices bacon


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Mix cream cheese and cheddar cheese together in a bowl until evenly blended. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. Put halves back together and wrap each stuffed pepper with a slice of bacon. Arrange bacon-wrapped peppers on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until bacon is crispy—about 15 minutes.

Check out the full article that published in The Forum on September 29. You can read it here.

Tailgating Recipes

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