Touchdown! All these fall favorites – apples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, chili, cornbread – score big time at your next celebration or tailgate party.
Intercept ho-hum tailgate sides with a batch of Maple Apple Baked Beans. Pass the apple and pear slices for my Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip. Huddle for more whole grains with my Skillet Cornbread. And tackle that bag of apples you bought by turning them into Homemade Chunky Applesauce.
Forward pass to my Recipe page for all four recipes and get in the game with great taste and good health for your tailgate party!
(Cornbread photo courtesy My Indiana Home magazine/Journal Communications)
- 1 tablespoon butter or shortening for 10-inch cast iron skillet plus more for melting over top of cooked cornbread*
- 2 cups whole grain stone-ground yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup white whole wheat flour
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1¾ cups buttermilk
- ⅔ cup corn oil
*A 10-inch skillet that is 10-inches across the bottom and 12-inches across the top rim.
- Find wholegrain cornmeal right near the other cornmeal and flour. Always store it in the fridge to keep it fresher.
- Corn oil is exactly the same calories and fat grams as other oils, and it works great for any baking, including corn bread, corn muffins and corn pudding.
- Lately I’ve been using full-fat buttermilk in my cornbread, but low-fat works well too.
Homemade Chunky Applesauce
- 4 ½ pounds apples (combination of any favorite cooking apples)
- 1 cup 100% apple juice (such as Simply Apple)
- 2 tablespoons to ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons orange juice
- ¼ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon allspice
- 1 ½ - 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
- Kim likes a less sweet applesauce, Jeff likes it sweeter! I use at least ⅓ cup brown sugar when I’m making a big batch for Jeff’s lunches.
- Use more or less spices and zests depending on how you like your applesauce.
- Best apples include Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh….just about anything other than red delicious.
- 1 package (8 oz.) ⅓-less fat cream cheese
- 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
- ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- ½ to ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon ground Saigon cinnamon
- I normally make a double batch for parties or get-togethers. Use 2 cans (15 oz. each) rather than 1 big 29 oz. can.
- Use as much or little of the spices as you want!
- If you don’t have time to slice pears and apples, just use gingersnaps, vanilla wafers or graham crackers. Even shortbread cookies.
- 5 cans (15 oz. each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 2¼ cups peeled, chopped Granny Smith apple (2 very large apples)
- 1⅔ cups chopped sweet onion
- 1 cup coarsely chopped, cooked bacon
- 1½ cups hickory barbecue sauce
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup stone ground mustard
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon ground ancho chili pepper
- Kroger’s new Roasted Bacon that only takes 2-4 minutes is an absolute timesaver for this recipe! Just look for boxes of it in near the refrigerated bacon.
- Definitely use hickory barbecue sauce to compliment the maple syrup.
- Tarter apples, like Granny Smith, really help balance the sweet maple syrup.