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A Fresh Tailgate Menu

MISSION, Kan., Sept. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Take your tailgating game to new heights this season with fresh dishes that are easy to make and serve, whether your tailgating tradition takes place at the game or at home.

Photo Courtesy of Eckrich

Fast prep times and short ingredient lists make these recipes a cinch to prepare in advance and have ready to go as soon as you reach the parking lot or before guests arrive. The star ingredients are naturally hardwood-smoked sausages and seasoned deli meats from Eckrich, which offers a variety of smoked sausage flavors in traditional ropes and bun-length links as well as gluten-free deli meats such as Black Forest ham and oven-roasted turkey, all with just the right blend of seasonings for a rich, savory taste.

You can switch up the flavors of these recipes by subbing in different varieties of smoked sausage, such as replacing the original rope-style smoked sausage with Eckrich Jalapeno & Cheddar Links. The roll-ups are also easy to customize for guests using any type of deli meat, and they're easy to enjoy on the go if you need a quick bite on the way to the stadium.

Find more game-day recipes at Eckrich.com.

Grilled Sausage Skewer Sandwiches

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6


regular size package Eckrich Smoked Sausage


small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces


red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces


wooden skewers, 10 inches long


cup Italian salad dressing, divided


bolillo or sandwich rolls, split


avocado, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices


cup cilantro leaves

Heat grill to medium-high.

Cut sausage into 1/2-inch thick slices. Thread sausage, onion and bell peppers alternately onto skewers. Brush 1/4 cup salad dressing on skewered sausage and vegetables.

Grill until sausage is golden brown and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes, turning once.

Brush remaining salad dressing on rolls. Fill rolls with grilled sausage and vegetables. Divide avocado and cilantro onto each.

Tip: To broil sausage rather than grill, heat broiler to medium-high, follow the same skewer preparation instructions and broil about 10 minutes, or until sausage is golden brown and vegetables are crisp-tender.

Ham and Turkey Roll-ups

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 2


ounces Eckrich Deli Oven Roasted Turkey Breast


ounces Eckrich Deli Black Forest Ham

lettuce leaves


tablespoons chunky guacamole


cup chopped cucumbers


tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese


slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Layer turkey and ham slices. Layer lettuce, guacamole, cucumber, cheese and bacon crumbles. Roll meat and secure with toothpick.

Potato Salad with Smoked Sausage

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6


regular size package Eckrich Smoked Sausage, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices


small red potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds), cooked and quartered


can (4 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained and halved


cups Italian dressing


green onion, sliced (about 1/4 cup)


clove garlic, minced


teaspoons ground black pepper

In large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in potatoes; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Add olives, dressing, onions, garlic and pepper; mix lightly.

Tailgate Like a Pro

Try New Toppings
Smoked sausage and deli meats are easy to add to a bun for an instant meal, and there's plenty of ways to dress your tailgate menu up or down based upon the preferences of your guests. Be sure to keep some basics on hand for those who prefer traditional preparation, but for the more adventurous types, try out these ideas for toppings that create a new dimension of flavor.

Grilled onion
Grilled peppers
Grilled, roasted or sauteed mushrooms
Spicy mustard
Flavored ketchup (think spicy, fruity or sweet)
Ethnic flavors like curry or marinara sauce
Hot sauce
Roasted corn relish
Crumbled or shredded cheese
Bacon crumbles

Handy Hacks

Million Dollar Moment

This season, Eckrich ? the official smoked sausage and deli meat sponsor of the College Football Playoff ? is once again hosting the Road to the National Championship sweepstakes. Fans around the country will have the chance to make a 20-yard throw for $1 million at some of the biggest college football games of the season, including the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta. Visit EckrichFootball.com for your chance to win.

Michael French

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