It’s going to be a gloriously fabulous fall night in Atlanta for this week’s game! I’m going with a really great fall dinner menu to whet our appetites and warm us up in the evening.
Football wise – GT lost a heartbreaker to Miami last week after leading for most of the game. 🙁 We SHOULD be undefeated, but sadly are 3-2 (the UCF game was cancelled due to the hurricane). The 2 losses though were by one point (Miami) and in a 2nd OT (Tennessee). Here’s hoping the jackets are healthy and positive and can pull together and win this week.
Wake Forest is 4-2 coming off of a bye last week, so they’ve had time to rest. Hoping GT isn’t dejected and exhausted after fighting hard in Miami, FL last Saturday…
MY SALSA WITH CHIPS
WILD RICE SALAD
PEANUT BUTTER CLUSTERS
MY FAVORITE CRAB DIP
I’ve been making this crab dip for as long as I can remember, and I’ve made many others, but I always return to this one. I think it’s the perfect blend of flavors – crab, creamy cream cheese, tanginess (horseradish and tabasco). I’ll likely double the recipe for my tailgate crowd.
6 oz can crab meat
2 – 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
2 TBSP onion, grated
2 TBSP milk
1/2 tsp horseradish
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp hot sauce (I use tabasco)
Worchestershire sauce to taste
1/3 cup sliced almonds (optional)
Paprika, for sprinkling
Crackers, for dipping
Cream the cream cheese in a food processor, then combine all ingredients (except almonds and paprika).
Place in a baking dish and top with almonds and sprinkle with paprika.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, and then serve hot with your favorite crackers.
***NOTE: This dip can be made a couple days in advance, then heat prior to serving.
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This salsa is so easy, but it’s SO good. It’s definitely worth the bit of effort it takes to make it yourself – just toss all the following ingredients in a food processor, and you’re good to go!
1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1- 10 oz can regular Rotel tomatoes
1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic
1/2-1 jalapeno, seeded or not (depends on how spicy you like it)
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
handful of cilantro, washed
juice of 1 lime (=~2 TBSP)
Tortilla chips, for serving
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste.
|Photo Credit: Cate Bogue|
SOUTHWEST PORK STEW
(Adapted from My Recipes)
1 16 oz jar salsa verde
2 cups chicken broth
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 lb shredded smoked pork, without sauce (or you can use shredded rotisserie chicken here)
1 tsp ground cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Toppings: Cilantro, sour cream, avocado slices
NOTE: I picked up sliced pork at my favorite BBQ joint, and then I shredded it in a food processor.
Warm salsa verde in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve immediately with toppings on the side.
BEEF TENDERLOIN SLIDERS
(Adapted from Pioneer Woman)
Usually ONCE a football season I’ll prepare some sort of beef tenderloin to enjoy. It’s a splurge, no question, but it’s the best! Beef tenderloin is the easiest meat to prepare, and you honestly can’t mess it up (unless you commit the ultimate sin of overcooking it!). So this cut of meat is expensive, but if you are only preparing it once a year, then I think it’s worth it. Not much better in my opinion!
I prefer simple preparation to let the flavor of the beef stand out – all you need is some olive oil and maybe salt and pepper. Amp the slider up to another level by adding grainy mustard and/or horseradish sauce.
1-2 whole beef tenderloins, trimmed (trimmed weight 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 lbs), depending on how many you are serving
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup crushed peppercorns
Dinner rolls, for serving
Grainy brown mustard, for serving
Horseradish sauce, for serving
Optional – arugula, sliced swiss or provolone cheese, sliced tomatoes
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
Brush the tenderloins with the olive oil, and then roll in the crushed peppercorns.
Place the meat on a roasting pan and roast for 20 to 25 minutes (depending on how “done” you like it). Let rest for at least 5 minutes before thinly slicing.
***Note: you can easily make the tenderloin the day before, bring to room temperature, then chill in the fridge and slice just before making sliders. You can also grill the tenderloins for excellent results.
Serve with dinner rolls, grainy mustard and horseradish sauce.
1 cup long-grain wild rice (6 oz)
1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins, optional
Simmer uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes, until the rice is very tender. Drain well and place the rice back in the pot. Cover and allow to steam for 10 minutes.
Peel the oranges with a sharp knife, removing all the white pith. Cut between the membranes and add the orange sections to the bowl with the rice. Add the olive oil, orange juice, raspberry vinegar, grapes, pecans, cranberries, if using, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper.
Allow to sit for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Taste for seasonings and serve at room temperature. I’ll make a day before my tailgate party and chill, then I’ll bring to room temperature before serving.
I got this recipe from a friend when I was in high school, but I haven’t fixed this dessert since my KIDS were in high school, quite frankly because I end up eating more than I should because they are just THAT GOOD. Good luck at your attempt to take all of them to your tailgate!
In a large pot, cook syrup and sugar (stirring) until mixture comes to a boil and sugar is dissolved.
|Photo Credit: Cate Bogue|
Stir constantly; do not overcook. Remove from heat, add peanut butter, and stir until smooth.
|Photo Credit: Cate Bogue|
Pour mixture over cornflakes in a large bowl.
3 leaves basil (plus more for garnish)
IF it’s warm, then I’m going with this one below. I found this adorable skirt on sale at Nordstrom a few week’s ago – it’s THE perfect GT colors! And I found these earrings recently as well, and I couldn’t resist – they’re on trend (looking like tassels), and they’re navy, so again = GEORGIA TECH!