Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Football Fare

Alabama-Arkansas Tailgate Menu
Clockwise from Top: Football Brownies, Cheese "Foot"Ball, Buffalo Chicken Bites, and BLT Wraps and Chocolate Covered "Football" Strawberries (Below)
Just melted semi-sweet chocolate chips, dipped the strawberries, let them harden and then piped white icing (from Pinterest!)
Kick Off "Game Day" with some Paula Deen Brownies from her Lady and Sons Cookbook
Lady Brownies
2 C. sugar
1 C. vegetable oil
4 eggs
6 T. cocoa
1 t. vanilla
 1 1/2 C. self rising flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Blend together the sugar, oil, eggs, cocoa and vanilla. Add flour; mix. Spread into a greased 13 X 9 inch baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
I cut into football shapes with a sharp knife and piped the strings!
Cheese "Foot"Ball
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 t. pepper
2 T. onion flakes
Chopped Pecans
2 T. pimento strips
Meat first 6 ingredients with mixer until blended; Refrigerate for a few hours. Shape into a football. Cover in chopped pecans. Add pimentos for lacing. Serve with your favorite crackers. I used Triscuits and Club Crackers.

The "Make and Take" Version - place on paper plate surrounded by crackers. Cover with cellophane and tie with ribbon in your team colors!

Buffalo Chicken Bites
1 C. finely diced cooked chicken breast
1/2 C. crumbled blue cheese
2 T. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 C. hot sauce (I used Frank's)
4 T. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 1/4 t. rapid rise dry yeast
2 T. brown sugar
1 C. warm milk
2 1/2 C. of flour
To make the chicken mixure, combine the chicken, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, melted butter and hot sauce; set aside. Heat the milk and then add the 2 T. brown sugar; stir into warm milk until dissolved. Place in the bowl of the mixer. Add 2 1/2 C. flour and the yeast to the mixture and mix on low speed until soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead until you form a smooth ball. Place dough in a bowl that has been lightly oiled. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a draft-free place at room temperature until doubled - about 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 4 equal pieces. Lightly dust your hands with flour. Roll each piece of dough into a 12 X 4 inch rectangle. Place 1/4 of chicken mixture in the lower 3rd of each rectangle (long side facing you). Leave a 1/2 inch edge. Stretch bottom edge of dough up over filling and press tighly to seal, then roll up as tightly as possible. Cut each "rope" into 12 pieces and transfer to baking sheet. Let rest at room temperature, uncovered, 30 minutes for dough to rise slightly. Bake buffalo chicken bites in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
When I first saw this recipe, I was thinking that it was way too complicated but decided to try it anything - it was easy - just have to plan for time for the dough to rise!

BLT Wrap
1 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C, sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
8 (10 inch) tortillas
1 large head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 medium onion, thinly sliced (optional)
16 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Combine mayonnaise and tomatoes. Spread evenly over 1 side of each tortilla, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Layer lettuce, onions and bacon evenly over tortillas; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll up tortillas; cut in half diagonally, and secure with wooden pick.

This was my favorite recipe of the day!

Crimson Cooler

1 C. apple juice (chilled)
2 C. cranberry juice (chilled)
1 liter lemon-lime beverage chilled

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl. May serve cold, with or without ice.

My "Crimson Cooler" did not make the photos - it looked pink. Lesson learned: do not make with diet cranberry juice which is lighter in color than the regular. Also, my lemon-lime drink was flat but I know this is good with all the right ingredients!

One quick story: I should have shared this before the game last week! Be careful at a game like Alabama-Arkansas where each team has similar colors and they both has the same letter. Several years ago, at a game in Little Rock, when the entire stadium was "calling the hogs", I said to the lady behind me wearing the off white suit, red scarf and gold "A" pin - "this is so obnoxious" to which she emphatically replied, "I am a Hog!" Oops!
Enjoy your games this weekend and may you have your best tailgate party ever!

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