This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are my own.
The time of year is here where, for a plethora of reasons, we often find ourselves with a house full of company at a moment’s notice. Football games, teenagers hanging out, or family and friends coming for an impromptu visit, no matter what the occasion we tend to end up with a full house and being who I am, you know I have to feed them.
I am the world’s worst for overthinking and creating as much work as possible for myself when it comes to having people over. As I have gotten wiser, I’ve come to see the virtue of shortcuts and the great benefit of being able to spend more time with my family and friends as a result of them. So today I’m going to show you some quick snack hacks to keep everyone happy today thanks to Tyson® Foods!
First, head to your local Walmart because saving time is all about one-stop shopping and you know they’ll have all that you need.
For today’s snack hacks I picked up Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips, Jimmy Dean® Mild Country Sausage, and Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Cocktail links. The chicken is found in the freezer section and the other two are in the refrigerated meats section. We like these chicken strips because they are all white meat and fully cooked and fully crispy, just heat and eat. No breading chicken and frying for me when time is short! The fact that this keeps my kitchen clean is yet another benefit not to be overlooked ;).
I make Katy’s favorite pigs in a blanket with the cocktail links and use the sausage to make sausage balls, which are another game day favorite of pretty much everyone I know. But while those are baking, the chicken is already being served up.
Keep presentation simple by using a large platter with enough room for dipping sauces in the center and chicken around the sides.
These Chicken Strips are a go-to for me. I try to always have them in the freezer for quick lunches during the week and last minute suppers. They are versatile enough to use in an assortment of recipes (try a quick and easy Chicken Parmesan by heating, topping with marinara, and some mozzarella cheese) but taste great on their own as well.
I just heat the chicken and pour up an assortment of dipping sauces. Here we have Come Back Sauce, White BBQ Sauce, and Spicy BBQ Sauce. I have a #TabletopTailgate in the time it takes to pour sauces in a bowl and heat the chicken. The sauces are a great way to customize this and make your whole family feel as if you prepared this platter just for them by including everyone’s favorites. Suggestions are ranch, buffalo sauce, Italian dressing, ketchup, honey mustard, hot sauce, etc. Just raid the sauces aisle or make your own if you aren’t pressed for time.
This platter is pretty enough to take to football potlucks and know that you’ll come back with an empty dish every time. Rather than complicating things and making your life harder, go easy on yourself with no guilt because you’re guaranteed to make folks happy.
Pick up some of your Tyson favorites on your next Walmart trip and keep them in your freezer to have handy for last minute Tabletop Tailgates of your own!
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