Friday, September 06, 2013

My Tailgating Must Haves

I'm linking up today with "Show Us Your Life" at Kelly's Korner.  Today's topic is tailgating food and boy, do we like to tailgate!

Roll Tide!

We don't do alot of actual tailgating at the games. That's kinda hard to do living here in Louisiana. However...we do have friends over to watch games on the big screen in Mr. Horton's outside kitchen {fondly known as "the cook shack."  We've got to come up with a better name for that thing!}.  It's fun to sit around the pool and cheer for our favorite teams.

Normally, I make a huge pot of gumbo!  We like to use the Bayou Magic brand and we just add chicken and sausage to the mix.  To me, served with rice, and a few shakes of Tony Chachere's, it's the best gumbo there is!

Another tailgating staple is Apache Bread.  I think this appetizer has several names, but to us, it's Apache Bread and the recipe comes from one of our local Junior League's cookbooks.

Apache Bread
1 9-inch French bread
16 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 8 oz. pkg of cream cheese, softened
1 8 oz. carton sour cream
1/2 c. minced green onions
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
2 4.5 oz. cans of green chilies, chopped
1 c. ham

Cut the top off the bread, reserving the top and scoop out the inside.  Combine remaining ingredients and mix well.  This will be a very stiff mixture.  Fill the bread with the cheese mixture, replace the top, and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Serve with tortilla chips or tear and dip with bread.  We like to even eat it with Wheat Thins.

Another recipe that I've started making lately is Natchitoches Meat Pies.  I vary the recipe a little - I use hot sausage only -  and bake my pies instead of frying.  Here's the recipe I use.

And last but not least, my friend Angie brought this recipe all the way to Louisiana from Alabama.  The recipe comes from her sister-in-law and before they moved back to Alabama, Angie was always responsible for bringing Sausage Stars.  Love those things!

Sausage Stars
Wonton wrappers
pound of sausage - I use hot sausage
chopped onion
small can of sliced olives, drained
2 c. mozzarella cheese
2 c. cheddar cheese
8 oz. ranch dressing

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray mini muffin pan.  Form and bake wonton wrappers for about 4 minutes. Place on cookie sheet after baking.  While baking wonton wrappers, fry sausage with onions.  Drain. Add cheeses, olives and ranch dressing.  Mix well. Add this mixture to pre-baked wonton wrappeers and bake until cheese is melted.

Hope you have a GREAT weekend cheering your favorite team on!  Alabama actually has a bye this weekend, so we're practicing really, really hard to beat Johnny Football!!  We will DEFINITELY be tailgating next weekend!!

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