Melba's Swap Shop: Time for tailgate parties

Melba's Swap Shop: Time for tailgate parties
BY MELBA LOVELACE Published: October 16, 2013

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Dip into football season

DEAR MELBA: For TV football game watch parties, here is one of my favorite dip recipes. It's made with canned ranch-style pinto beans or pinto beans in chili gravy.


1 can (16 ounces) ranch-style pinto beans

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon dry taco seasoning

1/8 teaspoon cumin

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup sour cream

1/8 to 1/4 cup picante sauce or salsa

1/2 cup grated Velveeta cheese

• Put all ingredients in blender or food processor and puree until uniform mixture.

Dave Farrington, Midwest City

DEAR READERS: These recipes from the Karo Syrup contest at the Oklahoma State Fair also would be great to serve at TV game watch or tailgate parties. Judges were Sandy Killian and Geni Thomas, Oklahoma City. In the Sweet-Treats for Sweet-Hearts category, first-place winner of $125 was Funky Fritos Fruckies by Joyce Belville, Chickasha.


10 ounces Fritos corn chips

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/8 cup real bacon bits

1 cup sugar

1 cup Karo light corn syrup

11 full-size milk chocolate candy bars

• Lightly spray 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread with corn chips. In small dish, combine peanut butter and bacon bits, mixing well. Set aside.

• In saucepan, bring sugar and syrup to boil over medium heat. Remove and stir in peanut butter mixture. Pour over corn chips and smooth to cover.

• Unwrap candy bars and lay in single layer over hot mixture. When bars are melted, smooth chocolate to edges of pan. Refrigerate until cool. Cut into bars.

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