Last Saturday’s win was well earned. By the players and the fans.
In what might be the rainiest game I’ve ever sat through, I cheered the Pirates on to see them victorious over Virginia Tech.
But don’t think a little rain kept us from tailgating. At 8:30am, the truck was loaded, my rain boots were on my feet and we were ready to hit the road for Greenville.
And by 10am, I was in need of a mimosa.
And around 11:30am, I finally set out the food (I was kind of scared of everything getting wet and being deemed inedible, so I waited longer than usual to set up).
On the menu:
Mimosas and Screwdrivers
Pirates Booty Popcorn and Nuts
I was unable to snap a picture of the hot and cheese party rolls but they were incredibly easy to make. I assembled them the night before by rolling out a Pillsbury pizza crust and layering sliced ham and swiss cheese. It was rolled up and then sliced. The rolls were placed in a baking dish and topped with a mixture involving melted butter, mustard, poppy seeds and few other ingredients. The rolls rested overnight and I simply baked before we headed to the game. They reminded me a lot of another tailgate favorite. ( <— better presentation!)
The cold roasted veggies and dip were one of my favorites last weekend. I simply roasted the veggies (red onion, carrots and zucchini) the night before with olive oil, salt and pepper. After allowing them to cool, I placed them in large ziplock bags making them the perfect transportable snack. The dip was SO good and I used a mixture of basil, parsley and a little bit of mint. Be sure to use 2% Greek yogurt – it’s so much richer and creamier. I promise that I’ll be making this “healthier” tailgate snack again.
I also did not snap a picture of the cream cheese sausage balls. But I have made them so many times I can’t count. Whether for football games or Christmas morning, they are a HIT and always a favorite (if not THE favorite). The secret ingredient is obviously the cream cheese – but I almost always use less Bisquick than the recipe calls for and I’ve used the gluten-free version with lots of luck. I prepared and baked the sausage balls the night before and then placed them in a ziplock bag. The next morning, I microwaved them (in the bag, with the top opened) for about 3 minutes then sealed the bag and placed in an insulted cooler. They were still warm hours later. (p.s. why am I sharing all my secrets with you?!?!)
The caramel cream cheese treat was definitively a favorite of the ladies at the tailgate. And guess what – it couldn’t be easier. I assembled this one on the spot! Are you ready for this? One block of cream cheese. A drizzle of store-bought caramel sauce. A sprinkle of toffee bits. And pretzels for dipping. Sweet, salty, creaming and totally addictive.
So with a 2-2 record, we head into this Saturday humble and hopeful. It’s an away game at SMU with a 4pm kick-off. And I have one word for this at-home tailgate: RIBS.
It’ll be worth coming back next Thursday for the full menu and recap.