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Oh fall, how I love you, let me count the ways! Cool weather, Halloween, pumpkins, and football….more specifically, tailgating! Lets be real with each other, as fun as it is to watch the game, it’s really about the food, and getting together with friends and family! Am I right?
Whenever I think of activities, holidays, or events, I think of the food that’s associated with it. I’m sure most people aren’t like this, that’s just the way my brain works! When I think tailgating, I think grilling out, lots of meat, and heavy snacks. Just like everyone else, I enjoy those foods, sometimes, but I like to have other options too.
I wanted to make something that vegetarians and meat lovers both would love to snack on while tailgating! I picked up these MorningStar Farms chik’n nuggets from Target to make my chipotle chik’n sliders for the game. They look, taste, and feel just like regular chicken nuggets. I really don’t think anyone could tell the difference!
This recipes is super simple to assemble but it does take a little bit of prep work. I tossed the nuggets in my all-time favorite spicy avocado chipotle sauce, that I made the day before. Anytime I’m making food for a party or bringing food for an event, I try to do as many steps as possible the day before. The sauce will last up to a week in the fridge, but it never makes it past the 3rd day in our house. We put it on everything! Salads, tacos, burritos, sandwiches, burgers…you name it, we’ve probably tried it.
- Chipotle sauce-
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup cilantro
- ½ t lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ¼ cup chipotle peppers
- ½ avocado
- Asian slaw-
- 1 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 small head green cabbage, thinly sliced
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 cup cilantro
- ½ cup green onions
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 T raw honey
- 1 t sesame oil
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 T tamari
- 1 T rice wine vinegar
- 2 T creamy peanut butter
- 1 T ginger, minced
- ¼ t cayenne
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chipotle sauce- blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor, until smooth. Store in fridge for up to one week. Toss the nuggets in the chipotle sauce.
- Asian slaw - add sliced cabbage, cilantro, green onions, and carrots to a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix all wet ingredients, garlic, cayenne, and ginger. Whisk to combine. Pour sauce over the cabbage mix, stir to combine. Top with more cilantro and green onions.
- Build your sliders!
I also made the asian coleslaw the day before so all I had to do was assemble the sliders before we left for the game. This slaw is loaded with flavor! It has a ton of fresh ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar to give it a tang, and lots of cilantro. It’s sweet and tangy, so it plays perfectly with the spicy chipotle sauce the nuggets are tossed in.
I like to make a big batch of the coleslaw, so I can put it on the sliders and have it as a side too. It always goes fast, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. It doesn’t have any mayo or sour cream in the sauce, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad when you lay it out with the other food. It’s perfect for tailgating!
So if you prep everything the night before, all you have to do the morning of the game, is cook your chik’n nuggets. They will get all toasty browned, and crispy. Let them cool for 5 minutes, and then toss them in the chipotle sauce in a large bowl. I used 1/2 cup of sauce to toss them in, if you don’t want them super saucy, only use a 1/4 cup to get a touch of the spicy flavor.
I used soft sweet rolls, but any small rolls will work. Cut them in half, and build your sliders! Usually, I top a sandwich with slaw, but for these, it was easier to put the slaw on the bottom bun and put the chipotle chicken nugget on top of it. It was much sturdier this way, and they transported very well. Just pack them side by side in a container, so they can’t move much, and they will make it safely to your destination.
What’s your favorite MorningStar Farms veggie cuisine? Or your favorite tailgating snack? Let me know in the comments!
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