Friday, January 14, 2011
Last "Tailgate" of the Season
In honor of the National Championship Game (did you hear...Auburn won!) being played in Arizona, we chose a Southwestern Menu...
(The food had already been attacked before I was able to get a photo. Mmmmm...it was a hit with the guys!)
Southwestern Tailgate Menu
Grilled Chipotle Chicken (9/2/10 post)
Tortillas...and all the fixin's
Black Beans and Rice (1/8/11)
Jalapeno Dip with baguettes and tortilla chips (9/10/10 post)
Salad (I cheated...Olive Garden)
Chocolate Cupcakes with a hint of crushed red pepper
Usually I use thighs and bone-in breasts for this chicken, but boneless breasts were on a HUGE sale last week. So MacDaddy grilled them, then sliced them into strips. Many of the guests wrapped the chicken strips into a flour tortilla, with some of the spicy marinate, grated cheese, and a little of the salad. Mmmmm.
When I have a crowd, I often order a salad bowl from Olive Garden...it feeds a large crowd and comes with everything...croutons, cheese, a dozen breadsticks, a bottle of their dressing, and even serving utensils. All for only $17 including tax.
We still have half a bottle of dressing left!
(Hey, it was mostly guys eating...they preferred simplicity.)
Queso Dip - 1 small block of Velveeta and 1 can Hormel Chili with no beans. Melt the cheese, stir in the chili...add a little hot sauce, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.
(This is basically the recipe used by Chilis...)
Devil's Food Cake Cupcakes with Red Pepper & Marshmallow Frosting
1 tsp. ground red pepper* (you can omit, or use less)
Make the cake according to the directions on the box, but add the pepper. Bake according to the directions.
*You can use cinnamon in place of the red pepper. Both give the cake a little southwestern flavor.
My favorite part is the frosting...EASY and YUMMY!!!
Mix together 1 thawed container Cool Whip (small size) and 1 jar Marshmallow Cream (Fluff). Whip with a mixer until thoroughly combined and fluffy. Spread on cooled cupcakes.
We sprinkled the tops with orange sugar...in honor of the AU orange and blue...
(This frosting is so GOOD that I could have just eaten it with a spoon...and I mean the WHOLE BOWL!)
Any of these recipes can be adapted for Super Bowl Sunday...or for any gathering.
Be sure to visit Foodie Friday at designsbygollum.blogspot.com. There are some really tasty recipes posted this week...