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Add nuts for a crunchy twist in your tailgating dishes

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Updated: 1/25/2013 10:38 am

Revitalize your tailgating menu with creative recipes using some of the specialty nuts found in your favorite gourmet gift baskets. You can easily mix and match specialty foods into tasty and unique meals that you and your family will enjoy on game day.

Unique tailgating ideas for gourmet nuts

Gourmet nut assortments from Hickory Farms nut gift baskets make healthy snacks for any football gathering.

Make the following recipes from your leftover nuts:

* Create a crunchy trail mix with dried fruit, gourmet mixed nuts and a handful of chocolate candies.

* Bake gourmet nuts, granola, dried fruit and chocolate chips in a baking dish and cut into bars for a delicious snack.

* Sprinkle pieces of gourmet nuts on top of salads and pair with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

* Give carrot cake a crunchy bite with chopped almonds mixed in to the cake batter or frosting.

* Roll mixed nuts in honey and use wooden craft sticks to create an easy-to-eat and delicious snack that you can munch on during the walk from your tailgating site to the football stadium.

Whip up tailgating recipes

Take these simple ideas and combine them with your own recipes to make delicious tailgating dishes that will disappear before the game even starts. Get creative and start mixing and matching the holiday treats found in your gourmet gift baskets to create unique and tasty dishes that everyone will enjoy.

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