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Caramel Apple Dip
Fall’s on it’s way and one of my favorite things about fall is football! Football and tailgating is a perfect combination! Did you know that tailgating is uniquely American? Like most of you I grew up in a family of football fanatics who tailgated at every home game. They’ve had the same parking space for over 20 years and everyone knows that some of the best food in town is served in that parking lot. They even do a complete turkey dinner with all of the fixins!
I on the other hand tend to like entertaining at home when it’s game day. I love doing quick and easy foods. I want to be able to just grab what we’re having and set it up so I can watch the game with everyone. I especially like half time in a college football game. I love watching the bands get out there and rev the crowds up even more.
Along with fantastic food I love to serve Gallo Family Vineyards wines in the mini bottles, they are a perfect size and so convenient. I especially love their White Zinfadel with its fresh strawberry and hints of peaches. It is sure to please. It works really well with these fresh apples and our creamy caramel dip. Another wine I like for my red wine drinkers is Gallo Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a full bodied dry wine made with blackberries and black currants.
Here are some quick tips to make sure your family football parties are fun for everyone.
Make a list of everything you need, even the obvious stuff.
Prepare as much as you can ahead of time.
Remember to wear your team colors!
Pack the cooler in the order it will be used.
Bring plenty of water. Freezing the water ahead of time will also help keep the coolers cold.
Don’t forget the wine.
Have you ever made your own caramel sauce? It is easy and can be done in about in 10 minutes. You start by caramelizing the sugar in a pan. I brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush when it starts to bubble. This is to remove any sugar crystals that might be there. When the sugar starts to turn an amber color and the bubbles get bigger, remove the pan from the heat. Add the butter. Stir in the heavy cream. Put back on the heat and cook until it coats the back of the spoon, this will only take a couple of minutes. Keep stirring and don’t walk away. When you see how easy and delicious it is to make your own caramel sauce you’ll never buy it again. Unused caramel can be kept for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
My caramel apple dip can be quickly prepared ahead of time leaving you lots of time to get ready to cheer your favorite team to victory.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons butter
- sea salt (optional, not table salt)
- Add the sugar and water to a saucepan. Put over medium heat and stir often with a wooden spoon until sugar is melted. Use a wet pastry brush and brush down the sides of the pan. Continue to cook the sugar until it is an amber brown color. Be careful not to burn it at this point.
- Add the butter. Be careful the mixture can sputter.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the heavy cream. When it all comes together remove from the heat.
- Add about 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Pour into a bowl or canning jar.
To make the Caramel Apple Dip
- 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons caramel sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup toffee chips
- additional caramel sauce for drizzle
- 4 apples
- Mix together the cream cheese, caramel sauce and vanilla. Put it in a serving dish.
- Drizzle some of the caramel sauce on top.
- Top with toffee chips.
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Who says you have to be at the stadium to tailgate? Here are Five Easy Tailgate Food Tips plus Football Party Recipes #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards. Need more tips on tailgate planning? Check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ blog.
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