A Southern Tradition: Food and Football

It is play-off time here in the South! The SEC Championship is this weekend, Bama v. Georgia — As if we need another reason to eat during the holiday season!

So, if you are headed to a buddy’s house to watch these two teams battle it out on the grid iron and need something to take with you, take a look at these easy, no-bake and fairly cheap appetizers!

Texas Caviar

Ingredients

  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 3 bunches of green onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 ounces zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black-eyed peas, drained
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro

Directions

1. Get it together!

2. Chop and dice!

3. Mix it all up….

4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and enjoy! (This is phenomenal with the Tostitos Hint of Jalapeno Tortilla chips)

Yummy Cream Cheese Pinwheels (Recipe courtesy of my MawMaw Faye, Thanks!!0

Ingredients

  • 10 medium, soft, flour tortillas
  • 1 package fiesta ranch dip mix
  • 1 bar of cream cheese
  • 1 small can of chopped black olives

Directions

  1. Gather your stuff!

2.    Chop your olives when you realize you bought sliced by accident.

***Skip to #3 if you double check what you grab from the grocery shelf***

3.    Mix cream cheese, ranch mix and black olives together until smooth.

4.   Spread about 2 tablespoons of mixture onto each tortilla. (Avoid the edge)

5.   Roll it up!

6.   Cut off the very ends of the roll up and discard those two pieces. Slice the    remainder of the roll up into 5 pinwheels.

7.  Enjoy!

(You can always put a piece of sliced meat of your choosing before rolling themn up to make these more filling!)

What are your favorite game day goodies??

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Homemade Meatball Sliders

I have been trying to add approximately 4 new recipes to my monthly menu. One for this month was meatball sliders. The hubby and I saw some featured on the food network (go figure) and both agreed that we should try them. So glad we did. This will definitely be going in our arsenal of meals.

Sometimes I make meatballs ahead of time to freeze for spaghetti night. So, I decided to take that same recipe and alter it slightly. Here ya go… enjoy!

What ya workin’ with:

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package Lipton’s Beefy Onion Soup mix (or 1/2 cup minced onion-both are optional)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

The Work:

This makes approximately 25-26 meatballs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl combine eggs, water, bread crumbs, onion soup mix, cheese, salt and pepper and combine. Add ground beef, broken into chunks, and mush with your hands to combine. Form into meatballs about 1.5″ in diameter, I use an ice cream scoop, and place on a broiler pan (cover it with foil first for easy clean-up!). Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until meatballs are no longer pink in center.
Remove meatballs from pan and place into sauce pan with your favorite spaghetti sauce. I prefer the Classico brand (it is tasty and comes in a mason jar that can be used for crafting or drinking from afterwards). Cook on low/medium until flavors have blended. I usually sprinkle some parmesan cheese and/or more mozzarella at this point.
For your bread:
I like to use pre-sliced Submarine Sandwich bread cut into halves. I brush the bottom and top both with a light coat of butter and sprinkle parmesan lightly onto top half. Toast on 350 degrees for 4-6 minutes.
Now you are ready to put ’em together and enjoy!
Sorry no fancy green pesto kinda sauce for this family. If ya like that stuff, you are on your own there, Buddy.
I like to cook the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them in portions that we eat. (Approx a dozen in each bag) If you choose to do this, on the day you are having this meal, just simply pull the meatballs from your fridge to thaw an hour or so before you cook. Before adding the sauce, I cooked them for about 8 minutes in the sauce pan by themselves to get them started.
This makes for a quick, easy and delicious meal that is sure to please many!
(sorry no picture..Will definately get one and update the next time we have them!)
Let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite quick and easy meal?