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Tailgating Goodies from Wes Hampton, Greg Ritchie and Kevin Williams
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Wes Hampton ’s Ultimate Cheese Dip
This cheese dip is amazing. I recommend sautéing the onion in a little butter until translucent, then adding the remaining ingredients. I’m not a big fan of biting into a crunchy piece of onion! Also, you can add a small can of crushed tomatoes along with some diced jalapeño if you want more of a Rotel-style dip.


•  1 8-oz package cream cheese
•  2 cups grated cheddar cheese OR
    grated jalapeño jack
•  1 cup mayonnaise
•  1 small purple onion, diced
•  Wheat Thins® or Fritos Scoops® for dipping

Place all ingredients in a shallow baking dish (9" square or round is perfect!)
Microwave on high for about two minutes or until the ingredients are melted enough to stir together.
Stir until combined.
Bake at 350º for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Serve with Wheat Thins® or Fritos Scoops®!


Greg Ritchie’s Hamburger Sliders
Our family loves sliders on game day. We are all big supporters of Mississippi State University as mandated by me, with a mixture of professional football teams ranging from the Dallas Cowboys (Charlotte’s team, but whatever), Philadelphia Eagles (Charlotte’s brothers’ team, big whatever) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (the chosen ones). Anyway, one thing that brings us together is homemade hamburger sliders.


•  1 lb lean ground beef
•  1 pack ranch dressing mix
•  1 egg
•  1 teaspoon garlic powder
•  1 teaspoon salt
•  1 tablespoon black pepper
•  Sister Schubert’s dinner rolls.

Garnishes: cheese (your favorite—we like American and cheddar), lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, mayo, mustard, ketchup

Mix ground beef, egg, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Scoop approximately 4 ounces of mixture and form into patties. Add 1 tablespoon of butter with 2 tablespoons of olive oil into skillet over medium heat. When butter is melted, add patties and cook approximately five minutes per side. DO NOT press patties down in skillet, as this is a 15-yard penalty and automatic first down for the other team... Plus it dries the burger out and that’s just plain bad for business. After burgers are done, place them aside on a platter and cover loosely with foil, allowing them to rest while you prepare the garnishes and Sister Schubert’s rolls. Heat oven to 350º F. Place rolls on a baking sheet and cook for five to eight minutes depending on oven. We like to brush a little butter on our rolls for extra brownness. After rolls are done, garnish with your favorite condiments and enjoy! We also like to serve sweet potato fries with ours. Go Steelers !


Kevin Williams’ BYOB... Lemon Water
There’s nothing worse than a thirsty tailgater. When it’s time to party, count on me to bring this unique one-of-a-kind beverage. It’s a secret family recipe called … Chilled Tennessee Tapwater with a zesty lemon wedge.

It is guaranteed to quench any thirst. It’s easy and economical to make and is now available in many restaurants. Our family just loves it! Wish I could give you the recipe, but then it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?