By Alma Schneider

Tailgaters, like athletes, need to warm up. You can’t just show up at lot 4, section D and dive right into a plate of barbeque. You’re liable to pull something and spend the day hunched on the sidelines nibbling salt-free crackers and sipping Juicy Juice.

Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating just a little. But what do they say, “go big, or go home”? The point is start small and build up. And that’s where appetizers come in.

Onion dip is an old standard… so standard that you might be tempted to buy it prepackaged at the local grocery store. Don’t do it; make it yourself. Here’s how:


* 3 tablespoons dehydrated, minced onion

* 1 tablespoon chicken broth powder

* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)

* 2 cups sour cream (or 0% fat Greek yogurt)

* Pinch of paprika


1. Mix together onion, broth powder and garlic powder.

2. Add sour cream.

3. Sprinkle paprika on top.


Find more tasty recipes for your next tailgate.

Alma Schneider is a licensed Clinical Social Worker helping individuals overcome their psychological and practical obstacles to cooking and parenting on her blog and consulting business, Take Back the Kitchen. She is a native New Yorker transplanted to the suburbs with her husband, four children and loving yet stubborn Beagle Shiloh.


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