Debating Over Presidential Debate Snacks

By now you know that both presidential candidates will show up in Oxford, Miss., tonight for the first televised debate of the post-convention season.

In my inbox, I’m seeing a flurry of last-minute invitations to watch the debate, but what I want to know is this: what about the snacks?

In such a close race, should debate-viewing snacks be color coded like these cocktails? Or should there just be something -- anything hard and crunchy -- to chomp on during what will undoubtedly be a nail biter?

Should McCain fans run out to get the fixins for the Arizona senator’s beloved barbecue? And does anyone have a recipe for Palin punch?

Should Obama supporters say to heck with the arugula jokes and make some arugula pesto anyway?

Or perhaps, in honor of the debate’s location – Oxford, Miss., also the home to the Southern Foodways Alliance -- there should be some down-home southern chow, like fried chicken or fried catfish. It’s not too late to fry up some of those late-season green tomatoes that never did ripen.

With so little time left in the day (although here on the left coast, lunch is still to come), it is difficult to get creative on such short notice. However, there's still time to whip up a batch of spiced nuts or a Velveeta-free chile con queso for dippin’ and quippin'.

Of course, we all could keep this a budget affair, in keeping with the state of our country's economy. Black beans and rice, anyone? Just five bucks.

Your last-minute debate on the matter, is, as always, encouraged.

By Kim ODonnel |  September 26, 2008; 1:41 PM ET Entertaining
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I'm pretty sure Palin punch would involve vodka (proximity to Russia), cranberry juice (northern bogs) and possibibly some blueberry juice. Oh, and lots of ice, or better yet, snow. In any event, you'll want to go heavy on the vodka to overcome the snow.

Posted by: Dave | September 26, 2008 3:02 PM

What about colored corn chips? A nice big plate of nachos sounds good right now. Red chips, blue chips, and cheese-y toppings all happily comingling on the same plate.... Pass the guac!

Posted by: DeenaJR | September 26, 2008 3:07 PM

Red white and blue corn chips! Mmmm, nachos.... Cheesey goodness binding all the chips and toppings together, yum!

Posted by: DeenaJR | September 26, 2008 3:15 PM

Chicago style Hawaiian pizza?

Posted by: SSMD | September 26, 2008 3:36 PM

I hadn't thought about this until you posted, but now I am all about the blue corn chips and salsa/guac/cheese/something.

Posted by: Kat with a K | September 26, 2008 4:44 PM

Kim, a question about your black beans and rice recipe. It says "1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano (or 1 teaspoon fresh leaves)". Is that right or should it be 1 tablespoon fresh? I always thought you use less of dried herbs than fresh.

Anyway, it sounds delicious and couldn't be simpler! Thanks!

Posted by: Pat | September 26, 2008 5:02 PM

Finger foods here. Easier to throw at the TV if necessary.

Posted by: GAFF | September 26, 2008 5:04 PM

Pat: Typo in that link about dried/fresh herbs. Yes you're correct -- always use less for dried. Whatever you decide, have fun!

Posted by: Kim O'Donnel | September 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Initially, I was thinking along the lines of "what wine pairs well with cereal?" (wasn't it G. Carlin who said that?). Anyways, I'm with GAFF and will have towels on-hand for the inevitable clean up.

Posted by: Centre of Nowhere | September 26, 2008 6:07 PM

Why not go hyper-local with one of Oxford's popular dishes: Shrimp and Grits. Look for City Grocery's (a restaurant's) recipe for it on Food Network.

Posted by: Ex-Oxfordian | September 26, 2008 7:39 PM

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