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This spicy and sweet pumpkin chili sauce is a spunky accompaniment for game day eats. Slather it on chicken for some tasty Pumpkin Chili Chicken or dollop it onto Potato And Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells for a delicious game day appetizer that is sure to be a crowd favorite!
On the afternoon of Saturday, September 1st, this little college town of Athens, GA transformed into a sea of red and black in anticipation of the UGA Bulldogs’ football season opener. From tailgating fans to those watching from inside Sanford Stadium (like my daughter and I were), the excitement was electric – and hard to ignore.
Last October, I moved to this little college town of Athens, smack dab in the middle of football season. During those first few weekends just after moving, I would often head to the neighborhood Kroger store at the break of dawn, to pick up necessities that didn’t get packed.
On those drives, I found myself fascinated by those die-hard UGA fans who would start tailgating even before the sun was fully up! And, before long, I came to realize that UGA football weekends are filled with bustling tailgating feastivities from before sunup to way after sundown!
So, this year I figured, why not join in – eh?! With that said, today I have two recipes that are perfect for tailgating (or homemaking) adventures that make use of a sweet and spicy, Pumpkin Chili Sauce.
Which means, technically, I am sharing three recipes here today. One for a delicious, toe-curling, sweet and spicy, Pumpkin Chili Sauce. Another for Pumpkin Chili Chicken. And, a third for Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells that makes use of that pumpkin chili sauce as a topping.
Starting with that Pumpkin Chili Sauce, it is made with 5 main ingredients that I picked up from Kroger:
• red wine vinegar,
• chili flakes, &
• 100% pumpkin puree.
Simply add all the ingredients together in a pan over medium heat. Stir them as they stew together for about 6 minutes, season with salt and pepper and boom! This Pumpkin Chili Sauce is ready to enjoy!
I marinated some Simple Truth™ Natural Chicken Drumsticks in this Pumpkin Chili Sauce and then baked them up, but they can be easily grilled as well for a tasty tailgating tidbit. And, you can sub in chicken for any meat you like. Or, even top your favorite burger with a generous dollop of this pumpkin chili sauce and you won’t be disappointed.
As Hatch chilies were on sale at Kroger, I brought home a bunch and then sautéed them up with some potatoes, onions, garlic, smoked paprika and coriander. I then used that potato hatch chili filling to stuff some phyllo shells to make some easy-to-handle, Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells. These Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells topped with that Pumpkin Chili Sauce were an instant hit with spice lovers and non-spice lovers alike.
Also, on our tailgating menu were roasted veggies that were slathered with that pumpkin chili sauce. As well as some salad skewers, summer berries and Kroger Private Selection soft drinks and water. When I was shopping at Kroger for the ingredients I needed for these dishes, I also stumbled on a plethora of UGA fan memorabilia right there in Kroger!
Kroger was my one-stop for all my game day eats and supplies! So, next time you are prepping for game day, why not head to Kroger to stock up on all your tailgating (or homegating) supplies and ingredients.
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- ¾ cup honey
- ½ cup 100% pumpkin puree
- 4 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup chili flakes or 2 tablespoons for a less spicy sauce
- ¼ tsp salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup Pumpkin Chili Sauce
- 10 Simple Truth™ Natural Chicken Drumsticks
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 yellow potatoes
- 2 hatch chilies
- ½ tsp coriander
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 +1 tsp parsley
- 15 baked phyllo shells
- Salt and pepper
Add honey, pumpkin puree, red wine vinegar and chili flakes to a pan over medium heat.
Using a grater, carefully grate the garlic cloves into the honey pumpkin puree mix in pan.
Let cook for 6 minutes over medium heat, stirring often. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and enjoy as a marinade or topping.
Place chicken and pumpkin chili sauce in a plastic bag, seal bag and toss so chicken is well coated with the pumpkin chili sauce.
Place bag in refrigerator and let chicken marinade in sauce for about 30 minutes.
Line a baking tray with foil, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place chicken on foil lined baking tray and cook chicken for 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees F.
Remove from the oven, season with salt and pepper if desired, and enjoy with extra pumpkin chili sauce on the side to dip chicken drumsticks into.
Finely chop up the onion and garlic.
Place a pan over medium heat with the oil. Then add chopped onion and garlic into the pan and let sauté about 7-10 minutes, stirring ever so often to keep onion and garlic from burning.
While onion and garlic are cooking, wash and dice potatoes into very tiny pieces and hatch chilies too. Then add diced potato and hatch chili to onion and garlic mix along with the smoked paprika, 1 tsp of the parsley and coriander.
Turn the heat down a bit and sauté about 10 more minutes or until potato bits are tender.
Taste at this point and season with salt and pepper accordingly.
Spoon potato hatch chili mix into ready-to-use phyllo shells.
Garnish with the remaining tsp of parsley and chili flakes (optional). Add a small dollop of the pumpkin chili sauce onto the Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells and enjoy!
*While prep and cook times are for Pumpkin Chili Sauce Prep time, the other recipes are as follows:
• Pumpkin Chili Chicken Prep time: 30 minutes, Cook Time: 35 minutes, Serving Size 2 chicken drumsticks
• Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 20 minutes, Serving Size 2 Potato Hatch Chili Phyllo Shells
**Nutrition info is only for the pumpkin chili sauce (using Very Well Fit), but please feel free to use Very Well Fit or your favorite nutrition data calculator to check the accuracy or all three recipes.