Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tailgate With Us

The Game Plan:
For me, there’s nothing more fun about tailgating than the friends. Yes, I’ve already admitted that I mostly participate in wimpgating (ie: tailgating from my couch) but I still enjoy the friends and the food and the fun . . . and yes, even the game. Today I’ve come up with a whole new way to tailgate from home, virtual tailgating. I’m a genius, I know.

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The Team:
For this virtual tailgating party, nine bloggers have gotten together to help you make your tailgating experience more yummy, more fun, more interesting and more comfortable. We’ve each got something a little different to bring to the game, and I hope you’ll click on the links at the end of this post and see what all of us are sharing. Here’s a sneak peak:

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Throw to the End Zone:
With the ball in my court (oops, wrong sport, I know), you knew I was going to score with a recipe, right?

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Glazed Kielbasa Sandwich

For this sandwich, I make a quick and simple marinade for the glaze:

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Glazed Kielbasa Sandwich Ingredients

I slice the Kielbasa along with onions and peppers and, once the marinade has cooled, place it into a re-sealable bag with the meat and veggies. This is a great way to transport it if you’re tailgating away from home.

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Kielbasa and veggies marinating

Once I’m ready to cook, I skewer the Kielbasa and veggies. You can see from the picture of the sandwich up above that when I’m home I use metal skewers. If you’re grilling away from home, the easiest way is to use wooden skewers, then throw them out when you’re done. Wooden skewers need to soak in water before using so they don’t burn on the grill. Put them in water in another re-sealable bag and just put them into your cooler until you’re ready to cook. Then just toast the rolls, grill the meat and veggies, remove from the skewers and serve.

Passing the Ball:
My teammates (I’m done with the game analogies now) have published some fun and interesting tailgate related posts as well. To keep the party going . . . and you KNOW I’m a fan of keeping the party going . . . click on these links. Every one of them kicks it through the uprights (sorry, couldn’t help myself):

Diane of Canning and Cooking at Home will show you how to make Spicy Mustard Relish, a perfect accompaniment to my sandwich.

Robin of Someone Else’s Genius gives us an inside look at college football in her review of the book The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.

Stacy of Stacy Sews and Schools teaches us how to make Team Color Headband and Earmuffs.

Shellybean of Follow me home shares a step by step tutorial on making Reversible Busy Bags for kids.
Eileen of Eileen’s Perpetually Busy shows us how to make a Team Color Seat Cushion with a built-in handle for carrying ease.

Lydia of Cluttered Genius’s Easy DIY Upcycled Team Garland shows how to make a garland for your tailgating party out of products you already have in your house.

Melissa of Home on Deranged brings Technology to Tailgating, showing us how to use technology and cool gadgets to make us the masters of tailgating time! 

Shawn from Literary Litter provides a tutorial on how to make a Snapcap, a crocheted hat to keep you warm and let everyone know what's on your mind!

Go Pats!
Boiler Up!
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Glazed Kielbasa Sandwiches
Printable Recipe
1# Kielbasa, I use a packaged cooked beef kielbasa
½ onion
1 green pepper
1 cup Apricot jam
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 tsp minced garlic
1 TBSP sweet red chili sauce
½ tsp sriracha hot chili sauce
6 Hoagie rolls
*Slice the kielbasa, onion and pepper into bite sized pieces. Place into a gallon sized re-sealable bag.
*Place the jam, balsamic, garlic and both chili sauces in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for one minute, then whisk together. Allow to cool.
*Pour the sauce into the bag with the meat and vegetables and manipulate to be sure all ingredients are in the marinade. Place in fridge for a few hours up to a day. Turn the bag every now and then.
*If you’re using wood skewers, soak them in cold water for 2 hours. For tailgating you can place them into a re-sealable bag with water and place them in your cooler.
*Grease your grill grate with non-stick spray while the grill is still cold and turned off.
*Heat your grill to medium heat.
*Thread the meat and vegetables onto the skewers.
* Grill the skewers for about 5 minutes, turn and grill another 5 minutes. Don’t touch the skewer, carefully remove meat and vegetables with a utensil. You can also grill the hoagie rolls, if desired.


  1. This looks SOOOOOO good!!!!! I am definitely going to make this!! I think the guys will love me for it!!!


    1. Thanks Stacy, so easy and flavorful. Hope you love them.

  2. These look REALLY good, Karen. I love Kielbasa! I also like the marinade-in-a-baggie idea for Sundays, when I'm trying to prepare meals for the week. Thanks for creating yet another fun blog group. You really are amazing <3

    1. Yes, so easy to stick it all in a bag and let it marinate. Hope the family loves it.

  3. Yummmmmy!! Cannot wait to share not only to my page but, with my family on Game Day! :) Diane

    1. And I can't wait to try them with your Spicy Mustard Relish.

  4. When I see Kielbasa, I now get the Jack Black Tenacious D song in my head. You'll have to google it. I mean the lyrics are something about Jack's Kielbasa sausage and "your butt cheeks are warm." Your recipe looks delicious and perfect for football season.

    1. Thanks Michelle, no need to google, my older son is a Tenacious D fan. Please don't ask me to take a pic of the poster he has in his room, or the matching t-shirt. OY.

  5. Have I ever mentioned you have the best ideas? And the yummiest food? Well, you do. And you do!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I love how easy and how portable this recipe is.

  7. Great googly moogly that looks awesome! You are so much more creative than we are with our hot dogs and hamburgers, lol. Love all the flavor combinations. Thanks for letting me join the group. It's lots of fun! Oh, and pinning!

    1. Love that you joined in the group. Your post was perfect for the project!

  8. How is it you can make me want to eat something I normally wouldn't?? Yum!

  9. Great recipe - my family will be huge fans!

  10. I love the sandwich idea, it really looks yummy!

  11. So many good ideas in one post! There is no excuse now not to be prepared to tailgate !

  12. As a health and fitness blogger, I find it difficult to participate in a lot of tailgating celebration as it is rife with not so good for you food items. I'm glad to see your post and that kielbasa sandwich does look good, plus your table isn't loaded with zero nutrient high calorie foods. Way to go..

    1. I have to admit we do have a lot of high calorie foods, but we also always have a big fresh fruit bowl. There has to be something for everyone.

  13. Okay maybe it will work today! Loved this idea the sandwich looks amazing and I want to make the bag for mom that is great for Alzheimer’s patients because they are always looking for things.

    1. Yes, now that you mention it that bag would be great for Alzheimers patients. I love all of the compartments myself.


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