Game Day Goodies!

We are known for being huge tailgaters.

I am female.  Jon is…not.

What this means is – he thinks a meal of meat and meat alone is a meal. 

I think we need to have cookies or brownies or, heck, even a SALAD to go with all of the carnivore action. Right?  Just meat?  No.  It can’t be just me.

So, I’m offering up some change here today.  I’m sure you’ve already seen eleventy million round ups of nachos, chicken wings, guacamole and cheese smothered everythingelse…so I am offering you some SWEET things.

Trust me – you want sweet things after all that manfood.  People will like you if you carry any of these to your group bowl watching party.  Heck – I already do like you. The snacks are just gravy.

 

Butterfinger Treats

Butterfinger Treats.  Big fat Yes.

Caramel Apple Eggrolls with Caramel Apple Sauce

Caramel Apple Eggrolls with Caramel Apple Sauce.  I mean, really.

Chicken & Waffle Sliders

Chicken & Waffle Sliders.  Hello? It’s a must, and too easy.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops.  Dipped in team colors? Winner!

Giant Chocolate Chip-Peanut Football Shaped Cookie

Giant Chocolate Chip Peanut Football Cookie.  Needs no explanation.  Make it.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels.  You know why.

 

So, while this isn’t a HUGE 147 recipe roundup, what it IS is recipes I’d like to see in my OWN HOME this Sunday.  You are welcome to drop by with any of these items.  I’ll be the one on the couch, watching the commercials, counting every mention of the word Omaha.

Yes, I am female.

It’s Football Season…and a Buffalo Wild Wings Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buffalo Wild Wings for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

In my world, there are but two seasons.

Football season, and everything else.

Yes, I’m a girl. But there’s something about NCAA football that gets me going. I don’t really care who’s playing (though of course, I prefer watching the bigger games), I will watch from noon ‘til midnight. Show me an underdog team with a desire, I’ll watch and cheer my heart out. Yes, Jon is a football fan, but he prefers the BIG game – the Hokies. That’s fine. But me? I love it all. In fact, he’ll admit I’m a bigger football watcher than he is.

What can I say? I’m a southern girl…I grew up on football.

So, that being said, twelve solid hours of football leads to a couple of things…One – I’m not answering the phone. And Two – food is a neccessity. Not just food, but, you know, tailgate food. Wings. Cheesiness. Beer. Things to dip in other things. Comfort food. Starch.

Yessss.

On homegame Saturdays, we tailgate on site. But other gamedays, it’s nice to have a place to escape to. A place with food that benefits all of us – whether it’s just the three of us, or the menfolk, or all of our ballgame buddies at once. We have our favorite spots, for sure, and one of those is Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Personally, I like the variety of options. The wings are really good – in ranch – and don’t even get me started on the Buffalo Chips. Now, I’m not a beer drinker, but, the men are all able to get the brew they prefer, and the women, well, we can have pretty much any drink we want. The kids are all thrilled that there are options for them (nothing groddy) and we let them get whatever they want. Happy kids means happy parents.

And the games! Don’t forget that! The big game is always on, but so are the other games. No need to flip from channel to channel – they are all on with all those televisions. Nice. Even better? I don’t have to clean up. We go, we eat, we leave. The moral of the story? Protect the football. Get to B-Dubs ! Score!

Where do you go on game days? Have a tradition? Would you like to try out Buffalo Wild Wings? You should! To help you out, how would you like to win a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card?

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Chili Infused Bacon Wrapped Scallops {and a Giveaway!}

Scallops.

Huge, white, tender. Not much you need to do to a scallop to make it amazing, as long as you are starting with great quality product.

Of course, bacon has never met a scallop it couldn’t make better.

Place a few succulent sea scallops on a skewer with a fatty piece of smoked bacon? You’ve got yourself some seriously great dinner.  Or, appetizers, if you’re in the mood.  I could always make a meal out of finger foods…couldn’t you?  Something fun about the bite-sized goodness of it all.  Not having a plate is good too – no one can really tell how many you have eaten, and therefore, not as many calories count.chili-bacon-scallops-1

At least that’s my theory.

Incredibly easy to throw together, bacon wrapped scallops can be prepared and cooked in less than 20 minutes.  Really.  This makes them ideal for a quick dinner or get-together…perhaps the upcoming NFL Draft?

You didn’t know that’s tomorrow, did you?  That’s because based on Google’s best guess of my blog demographics, you are a female, you are aged 25-45, and you’ve no idea what a screen pass is or how many points are awarded for a touchback.

I bet your man knows.

The draft starts tomorrow night, and Andrew Luck, the quarterback of the moment is slated to go first.  No one knows for sure, of course, but, that’s the best guess.  And, if he does, he’s going to the Colts.

Which brings me unwillingly to Poor Peyton Manning.  I hope he puts a hurt on all the naysayers next year.  Of course, then we have to talk Tebow, and Jesus, and what the football gods have in mind for that faceoff.

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I think I’d rather talk about scallops.  Too many cute boys with all that padding get me riled up.

Just make the scallops.  Watch Grey’s Anatomy instead.  McDreamy and McSteamy…mmmm.

McHolyHotness.

Scallops.

Yeah.

Chili Infused Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings (as a meal)

Serving Size: 4 scallops

Ingredients

  • 24 large sea scallops
  • 12 slices bacon, halved (24 6-inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch chili powder (or to taste)
  • pinch garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven broiler to 500. Place rack near the top of the oven.
  2. Rinse and pat dry each scallop. Wrap each in a piece of bacon. Skewer with a toothpick or place 4 wrapped scallops onto a skewer.
  3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil and seasonings.
  4. When all scallops are wrapped and on rimmed baking sheet, brush with the seasoned olive oil.
  5. Place under broiler for 7 minutes, flip, and bake another 7 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Watch the scallops closely in the oven. If too close to the broiler, the bacon drippings may smoke. If this should happen, lower your oven rack or simply move the scallops to a lower rack.

http://doughmesstic.com/2012/04/25/chili-infused-bacon-wrapped-scallops/

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As you can see, the scallops I used were big, beautiful sea scallops.  What you may not know is that I live inland.  As in, no way am I getting quality fresh seafood.

Or so you might think.

I’ve mentioned it before, bit I am a HUGE fan of Anderson Seafoods.  Order today, it’s on your doorstep tomorrow.  Not kidding.  I’ve been so impressed with the selection, the quality, the downright incredible customer service.  There’s a lot to be said about that.  Customer service these days isn’t what it used to be, but Anderson takes care of it’s customers.

I’ve had the scallops, gorgeous shrimp, crab claws, shark, barramundi…pretty much anything underwater, they offer it, and they offer the best.

Lucky for you, I have a discount code JUST for Doughmesstic readers.  You’ve got a week to use it – so act fast.  The code is DRAFT26.  That will net you 10% off your order, and I highly recommend you use it!

Even luckier?  ONE of YOU will win a $150 Gift Card to use at Anderson!  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share that with you!

All you need to do is tell me – what do you think you’d order if you won?  The scallops? Shrimp? Something else?

For additional chances to win, do any or all of the following, just be sure to leave me a separate comment for each item you do:

I think that’s enough, don’t you?  Feel free to do them all if you like, the more you do, the more chances you have to win!

Contest is open until 11:59pm, May 2nd, 2012.  Prize is courtesy of and supplied by Anderson Seafoods.  Open to US addresses only.  Winner will be notified via email provided.

Good luck!

*Disclaimer – I was provided product from Anderson to review, but was not compensated for my post.  I highly recommend this product, otherwise I would not have shared it with you.  All thoughts are 100% my own, and can not be bought. For what it’s worth, I think Tim is a bit hotter than Peyton, but none compare to my sweet little Colt McCoy.  Once he grows up, look. the. freak. out.

Superbowl Snacks

I swore I wasn’t going to do a Superbowl Snack Round Up.

And yet, here I am.

Why the change of heart?  Well, my not-so-secret personal reason is – I wanted a place I could come to find them myself, all of my favorites in one location.

Greedy and selfish, I know.  But at least I am sharing it, right?

Right.

How about you share some of YOUR favorites in the comments? I am always on the hunt for great tailgating/party foods!

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Need Superbowl Ideas? Think Avocados!

It seems everyone this week is searching for Tailgating and Superbowl recipes.

The truth is, during the game you could just sit out a bowl of Fritos and Sam Adams and call it a night.  Most guys won’t care.  Most women would feel relieved not to have that pressure.

But let’s not do that, though.

Instead, my advice is to keep it simple.

Chips? Yes.  I can’t recommend deep frying Wontons enough.  Earlier this week I posted a recipe for BBQ Pork Nachos made with wontons.  It’s quick, it’s different. It’s utterly delicious.  The recipe on its own is fantastic, but you could certainly amp it up with some homemade guacamole.  Here are three recipes for guacamole I’ve seen that look incredible…

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Another REALLY easy thing to do?  Mini Sandwiches.  Sure, you could get a tray of them from Subway, or – you could take the Oh Yum Route.  Meaning – Mini Croissants, piled high with turkey, crisp bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, a little mayo, and sliced avocado.  Put a little flag through each one, sit them out, and watch your guests go to town.  Expect applause.

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If you are wanting to take a little more time, this is my grand prize winning avocado recipe.  If it’s good enough to win a trip to the Rose Bowl, it’s good enough for Superbowl Sunday, right?  Jim Beam Bourbon, Bacon, Shrimp & Avocado filled puff pastry.  It’s hands down one of the best recipes I’ve created, so I hope you’ll try it!

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Barbeque Pork and Wonton Nachos

Barbeque Pork. Nachos.  Cheesy, starchy, goodness.

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Sure, you could have the regular old nachos for your Superbowl party, but imagine serving up a bowl of THIS.

Chips made from deep fried wontons, piled high with spicy pork barbeque, tomatoes, cilantro, and a decadent pepperjack cheese sauce.

You’ll never look at nachos the same way again.

Luckily for you (and for me), when I was first served these nachos at The Greenbrier, I asked the chef for the recipe.  And he shared!  It’s terribly simple, quick to to put together, and the ultimate in delicious.

Touchdown.

 

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Barbeque Pork and Wonton Nachos

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 10+ as appetizer

Barbeque Pork and Wonton Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1 pack refrigerated wonton wrapper, cut in half diagonally
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2-3 cups pork barbeque
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups pepperjack cheese, shredded
  • hot sauce, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil to 350 in heavy bottomed pot or deep fryer. Fry wonton wrappers a few at a time, until crispy. Remove from oil to bowl or plate lined with paper towels. Blot dry.
  2. In medium saucepot over low heat, bring heavy cream to a simmer. Add pepperjack and stir until smooth. Add in dashes of hot sauce until desired amount of heat is achieved. Remove from heat.
  3. To serve, pile several wontons onto a plate. Top with some pork, tomatoes, cheese sauce and cilantro. Repeat. Serve and enjoy!
http://doughmesstic.com/2012/02/01/barbeque-pork-and-wonton-nachos/

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Be sure to come back tomorrow – I have a new Popover recipe – and man is it ever good!  Best yet?  Maybe!!

Deep Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Tired of seeing Superbowl recipes on all the blogs these days?

Look away now, then.  Except, wait.  If you do that, you’ll miss something pretty darned incredible.

Deep Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites.

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Crazy, I know.  But think about it.  Macaroni and Cheese is SO good.  And fried food?  Also good.  Combined?  Well, awesomeness.  In bite sized form.  Heck, dip it in ranch dressing if you want, I won’t judge.

These mac & cheese bites are perfect for gameday, as they are put together pretty quickly since you can make half of it in advance.  Plus, your guests will find you genius.

Score.

I used your basic Kraft Mac & Cheese Blue Box.  It had the perfect sized noodle, it’s easy, it’s good, and it worked perfectly in this recipe.  If you want to use something else, I recommend using a similar style noodle, and a similar consistency.  Too runny, it’ll never set up.  Too sticky?  Well, that’s okay.  No runny mac & cheese!

I also used Wasa Sourdough Flatbreads to make my breading for these cheesy bites.  It’s a great product on it’s own – topped with cream cheese and fruit, made into cracker style pizzas – but it’s also amazing when pulverized and used as a breading.  I didn’t need to add flour, and despite my concerns that it looked a little thin as it coated the unfried macaroni, as you can see, it worked perfectly and browned up just as I hoped.

Give it a shot!

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Deep Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 25-30 Bites

Deep Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 package Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, prepared
  • 1 package Wasa Sourdough Flatbread, pulverized
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • Oil for deep drying

Instructions

  1. Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, and pour macaroni into it, pressing down evenly. COver and place in freezer for 2 hours or more, until needed.
  2. Combine egg and milk in shallow dipping bowl. In a separate plate or large shallow bowl, combine flatbread crumbs, salt, and garlic.
  3. Bring oil to 350-375.
  4. Remove frozen macaroni from parchment and cut into small squares or triangles. Dip each into egg wash, then coat with crumbs. Fry 5-6 in hot oil until both sides are golden brown. Remove from oil onto paper towels. Repeat until all macaroni has been used. Serve and enjoy!
http://doughmesstic.com/2012/01/31/deep-fried-macaroni-and-cheese-bites/

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Would you like to win a Sampler Pack of Wasa Flatbreads and Crackers?  Of course you would! 

Prize Pack Features:

  • Cooking with Crispbread cookbook
  • A sample of Wasa Products
  • Wasa pen and booklet
  • Wasa drawstring bag

All you need to do is leave a comment below letting me know you’d like to win.  No pressure!

However, if you’d like additional chances to win, here you go!  Just be sure to return here and leave a SEPARATE comment for EACH of the bonus entries you complete.

  1. Pin a picture from this post on Pinterest.  Gracious, I LOVE Pinterest, don’t you?!
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  4. Lastly, Stumble this post or share it with your friends on Facebook. Either or both…up to you!

Now, be sure to leave those comments – they all count as bonus entries.  Contest is courtesy of and shipped by Wasa.  Contest closes on February 7th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST, and is open to US Addresses only.  Good luck!


Now, I mentioned a couple of other Wasa ideas above, but if you’d like more, look no farther!  I put together a group of my blogging friends to entertain you with more Superbowl worthy creations using Wasa, so stay tuned for those recipes!  You’ll be able to find them on these blogs starting tomorrow and continuing through the end of the week.  Check them out!  They’ll all be giving away a Wasa Prize Pack as well, so, lots of chances to win!

 

Disclaimer: I am a fan of Wasa, and was supplied product to use for this post.  All thoughts are 100% my own.

The Devil’s in the Beam Cupcakes

 

Time to bring out the Kentucky Bourbon again!  For this round of tailgating with Jim Beam, I went the sweet route…because there is always room for dessert!  It seems that people flock to the tailgates where the cookies, brownies, and cakes are lined up (well, at least I do) – so try incorporating this recipe into your next game day! jbcc copy

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Tailgating with Beam & Bird Kabobs

 

seventailgateHappy Monday, everyone!  I hope you had  fantastic weekend.  Here, the weather was gorgeous, unseasonably warm, sunny skies, and the smell of Hokie Football was in the air!  It worked out for us that we could take Seven to the game, so of course, he had a great time. (That is, after we bought lemonade and he proceeded to eat the lemons out of it for a good 30 minutes. Other than that, he was a squirmer, bellyacher, and downright aggravating child to be around.  In his defense, he IS three, and it was really hot in the stands.  He was a trooper for the several hours of tailgating though and that’s what really matters!)

Last week I got a couple of tweets from Jim Beam, who encouraged me to come up with some tailgating recipes using their products.  It would seem that Beam has a new “Pre-Game Warm Up” Video Contest, and they are also wanting some great recipes to share.  I can do that!  Since Jon is a seasoned tailgater and grillmaster, I knew we could come up with something to fill the bill.  Our first endeavor was right on the money: Grilled Chicken & Peach Kabobs that were slathered in an easy Beam infused Peach Jelly Barbeque Sauce. Yum!  Really easy to put together, quick on the tailgate grill, and downright tasty!! What else could you ask for?

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