I've heard tell of those who find the football game secondary to the tailgate party. I'm one of those people. Don't get me wrong; I love a good football game, but the fun had with others on a crisp fall day sharing our favorite hearty fall foods just can't be beat.
Most football get-togethers consist of fans of one single team with everyone rooting for the same side, but what happens when you have rivals in your midst? Ply them with good food. That being said, this time of year just begs for everything maple. These two recipes are so good, and so simple. Both have 3 ingredients or less and both are done in 30 minutes! Easy and
delicious, my favorite.
Kielbasa in Maple and Beer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
1 pound kielbasa, cut into 1" chunks
1 cup beer (any type)
1/2 cup real maple syrup
Combine everything in a heavy bottomed sauce pot and simmer until sauce thickens and kielbasa starts to brown (about 30 minutes).
You can use any type of shelled nuts you like, raw or roasted, salted or not. I like to use roasted and salted nuts as we really like the salty-sweet combination. Please do use real maple syrup if you can, the flavor profile is different than using imitation syrup.
Maple Glazed Nuts
Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 25 minutes
Yield: 1 cup
1 cup nuts, any type (almonds are pictured)
2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
1. Heat the nuts in a non-stick pan over medium heat for about 1 minute - just so they start getting warm.
2. Add maple syrup and toss the nuts quickly slowly with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula until the syrup starts to them. This happens quickly, only about 20 seconds.
3. Moving quickly, remove from heat and spread out evenly on parchment paper or a greased baking sheet to cool. Try to spread them out so they are not touching and let them cool for 20 minutes.
4. Once cooled, break apart any that are stuck together and serve.
*Note: Once glazed, they don't store well as an humidity in the air will cause them to start sticking together.
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