So, it’s a long standing joke in my circle how I got completely passed over by the sports gene. My Dad played football until he broke his back. My brother played football until he figured out that was better at finance and sarcasm. My son (age 8) informed me over the weekend that he intends to pursue his dream of “tackle football”. He says those words together like they’re joined…the media will not be kind when he finally does make it into the NTFL.

I’m the guy at the watching party that still asks about the rules. If I cared enough I’d probably commit them to memory. Some of them. I see officials trying to “interpret” the rules all the time…

If they don’t get it, why should I?!

I do love to sit and watch a game, but more importantly, I love a good tailgate. And when I say “I love a good tailgate”, I mean, “I love any food that I can stand around a parking lot grazing on for hours until begrudgingly heading into the game. Fortunately for me, the football-frenzied state of Texas has no shortage of high school games going on at any Autumn moment. I live precariously close to the rivalrous trio of north DFW: Lewisville, Flower Mound and Marcus high schools, and just a stone’s throw from the infamous Southlake Carroll.

So the nice folks at OZARKA® (FacebookTwitterInstagram) came to me and asked for an original tailgating recipe. Being currently between grills, and being a fan of multi-textured tailgating munchies, I decided to share one of my favorites, Salmon Salad. So easy a dip like myself can throw it together. #seewhatIdidthere

Why Salmon Salad? Because for those of you who know my Daddy Food like the infamous White Bean Chicken Chili, you know that I rock at recipes with as few ingredients as possible.

Oh. And because that other guy spent 20 grand on an obscenely awesome smoker that he pulls behind his duelly, so while he’s working on the eight cows he brought, I got appetizers covered. That’s why.

Salmon Salad

This season, OZARKA® will be celebrating the three main facets of Texas high school football – community pride, homecoming and tailgating: I’ve partnered with OZARKA® to bring tailgating to life and share my favorite recipe. For the second consecutive year, OZARKA® is proud to support the Southlake Carroll High School football program as the official spring water of Dragon Stadium.

So I hope you enjoy it. And if anyone can explain to me why a player is called a Safety in a sport plagued with injuries, I’m all ears.

Salmon Salad Recipe

a salmon steak
lemon slices
salt and pepper

Get yourself a salmon steak. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel. Place in a greased baking dish. Brush with butter, squeeze out and put lemon slices on top. Bake uncovered, at 425° for 20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Let it cool completely, then tear it apart with a couple of forks until in very small pieces. Chop up celery into very small pieces, and dice the dill well. Then start adding mayonnaise and the rest of the ingredients and mix well until you get the thickness and the flavor you want. I’m not giving you quantities here, it depends on how much salmon you want to use. Use the whole steak if you like, and keep adding the other stuff until you get it right…just take it easy on everything…a little at a time! Serve on crackers, or in a bowl for dipping veggies.

OZARKA® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has been part of Texas for more than 100 years and is sourced only from carefully selected springs in Texas and contains naturally occurring minerals for a refreshing, crisp, and clean taste.

Do you have a favorite tailgating recipe to share? Leave me a comment below, or tweet me a link!

I was compensated by Nestle Waters North America for this sponsored post, but my views and opinions are honest and my own.

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