Game Day Tailgating: Texas Two-Step Cajun Tacos

Game Day Entertaining By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Southern Hostess Editor-In-Chief Southern Cooking Baking Entertaining & Tailgating BrandGame Day Entertaining

November 4, 2017

Alabama vs LSU
Auburn vs Texas A&M

Texas Two-Step Cajun Tacos

Regional fan-favorite flavors collide & luckily the battle ground is directly on your plate. You’ll want to savor every last morsel of these street-style tacos with a cajun twist. The Alabama Crimson Tide faces off against the LSU Tigers so naturally it’s bound to get a little spicy. Blackened Catfish Tacos with Magic Zydeco Seasoning keep everyone on their toes & the winning spirit alive. These tasty delectables feature farm raised fish from the yellowhammer state while the seasoning blend gives fanatics a chance to devour the competition. The Auburn Tigers will be waltzing away with a tailgating score of their own. A menu featuring  Blackened Carne Asada Tacos borrows a few lone star state specialities to take a jab at the Texas A&M competition. It’s a win-win for both Alabama & Auburn fans when a host of fiery flavor combinations headline in this tantalizing game day fiesta.

The Game Plan

Prepare the dip & sauce up to 2 days ahead.
Chop the taco toppings up to 1 day ahead.
Place in ramekins so they’re table top ready. Cover & chill.
Dice the avocado & toss in lime juice just before serving. 

Season the steak & catfish up to a day ahead.
Sear or grill them just before the main meal is to be served.

Char the corn tortillas in a hot cast iron skillet.
Stack between damp paper towels to keep pliable.

Organize the food on wooden boards & aluminum pans with rich patinas.
These hardworking surfaces easily go from the grill to the table.

Prepare several pitchers of the margaritas up to a day ahead.
Ice down beverages & soft drinks to complete the pass for any easy score. 

Game Day Entertaining: Texas Tow-Step Cajun Tacos. Blackened Catfish & Steak Street Tacos By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Editor-in-Chief Southern Lifestyle Tailgating & Entertaining Brand Tailgating Expert Southern Game Day Hostess Tide & Tigers Today Hostess WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham Alabama Crimson Tide FootballThe Menu

Texas Two-Step Cajun Tacos

Spicy blackened catfish & steak mingle with two fan-favorite regional tastes. Street-style tacos line dance with classic Cajun flavors creating a magical game day feast. A standard Texas MVP accompanied with crisp tortilla & corn chips plus sweet tea margaritas get the party started.

Blackened Catfish Tacos
Blackened Carne Asada Tacos
Texas Two-Step Toppings
Avocado * Tomato * Red Onion * Jalapeños * Cilantro * Shredded Cabbage
Magic Zydeco Seasoning
Gridiron Crema
Championship Caviar
Tortilla Chips & Corn Chips
Big Batch Sweet Tea Margaritas * Beer * Water

Game Day Entertaining: Blackened Catfish Tacos With Magic Zydeco Seasoning & Swag Town Sauce By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Birmingham Alabama Southern Lifestyle Tailgating & Entertaining Brand Tailgating Expert Southern Game Day Hostess Sports Entertaining Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Raycom News Network Football Original Food, Recipes Crafts & Tailgate Party Ideas

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makes 4 servings

Run The Option

Tilapia or red snapper would make excellent substitutions for this fiery fish dish.

Magic Zydeco Seasoning
1 lb catfish fillets
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
8 {6-inch} corn tortillas
Gridiron Crema
Texas Two-Step Toppings
Avocado * Tomato * Red Onion * Jalapeños * Cilantro * Shredded Cabbage

Prepare the Magic Zydeco Seasoning as directed. Coat the fish with the seasoning. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add the fish & cook 2 to 3 minutes per side. Meanwhile, char the corn tortillas in a smokin’ hot cast iron skillet. Place between damp paper towels to soften. Prepare the Gridiron Crema as directed. Flake the fish with a fork & divide between the tortillas. Drizzle with the sauce & serve with Texas Two-Step Toppings.

The Extra Point

Try serving the catfish in a more traditional manner. Accompany with simple roasted potatoes & green beans for an easy weeknight meal.

Game Day Entertaining: Magic Zydeco Seasoning By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Tailgating Menus Sports Entertaining TV Cooking Personality Tailgating Expert Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham Alabama Crimson Tide Football
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makes 2 1/2 Tbsp

The Basic Fundamentals

The spice blend packs some heat. For a milder variation, reduce the ground red & black pepper a smidgen.

1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Try the spice mixture on chicken & pork tenderloin then grill the meat for a tasty smoky flavor. 

Game Day Entertaining: Blackened Carne Asada Tacos By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Editor-in-Chief Tailgating & Entertaining Brand Southern Game Day Hostess Tailgating Expert Writer Sports Entertaining Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham Alabama Original Recipes, Crafts & Tailgate Party Ideas Crimson Tide Football

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makes 4 servings

Run The Option

Sear the steak in a tablespoon of hot oil in a large non-stick skillet over Medium-High heat 2 to 3 minutes per side, if desired.

Magic Zydeco Seasoning
 1 lb ribeye, top sirloin or flank steak
8 {6-inch} corn tortillas
Gridiron Crema
Texas Two-Step Toppings
Avocado * Tomato * Red Onion * Jalapeños * Cilantro * Shredded Cabbage

Prepare the Magic Zydeco Seasoning as directed. Coat the steak with the seasoning. Grill over direct Medium-High heat {350 to 400 degrees} 2 to 3 minutes per side. Meanwhile, char the corn tortillas in a smokin’ hot cast iron skillet. Place between damp paper towels to soften. Prepare the Gridiron Crema as directed. Thinly slice the steak & divide between the tortillas. Drizzle with the sauce & serve with Texas Two-Step Toppings.

The Extra Point

The steak is wonderful with the Championship Caviar over mixed salad greens. Try the spicy beef with a simple baked potato for an effortless weeknight supper. 

Game Day Entertaining: Texas Two-Step Cajun Tacos. Swag Town Sauce By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Birmingham Alabama Editor-in-Chief Southern Lifestyle Tailgating & Entertaining Brand Original Recipes, Crafts & Tailgate Party Ideas Sports Entertaining Tailgating Expert Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Alabama Crimson Tide

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makes 1/2 cup

Game Changer

Dice grilled onion slices & fold into the sour cream mixture for a zesty Southwestern inspired potato chip dip. Add a pinch of chili powder, cumin & ground red pepper for extra zing. 

 1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, pressed
Kosher salt

Stir together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Drizzle over sandwiches or salads for a tasty option. Try the sauce with grilled chicken for a delicious weeknight supper. 

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makes 8 servings

Run The Option

Toss a diced peach into the huddle just before serving for a southern twist on this crowd pleaser. Mango or pineapple would make for excellent additions, too.

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp honey
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp kosher salt
2 {15.25-oz} cans black-eyed peas, rinsed & drained
1 {15-oz} can black beans, rinsed & drained
3/4 cup diced red or green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp minced jalapeno
Garnishes: Roasted pepitas & queso fresco
Tortilla or corn chips

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Fold in the black-eyed peas & the next 5 ingredients. Cover & chill 1 to 24 hours. Stir the dip well & adjust the seasonings. Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish, if desired. Serve with chips.

The Extra Point

The kick is good! File this fan-favorite dip under special teams. Spoon over baked sweet potatoes, layer with cheese for quick quesadillas or top mixed greens to clench the win for fast weeknight meal solutions.

Sweet Tea Margarita By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Tailgating Expert Game Day Hostess WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham

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 Big Batch Sweet Tea Margaritas
makes 8 servings

Run The Option

Swap out the tequila for bourbon or moonshine.

Combine 1 1/2 cups Jose Quervo tequila, 1 cup Grand Marnier, 4 cups sweetened tea & 2 cups limeade in a large pitcher. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices & orange curls, if desired.

The Extra Point

Serve the cocktail in Mason jars for easy, casual game day style. Add a few Pennant Swizzle Sticks to complete the pass.

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{helpful advice}

How To Talk A Good Game Of Football

Learn some facts & get in the game. Be certain you’re up-to-date with the team matchups each week. While perusing the tailgating spread option with a cocktail in tow, it’s always a smart idea to have a few tidbits of information to offer when small talk beckons with Uncle Jebediah who’s inevitably reaching in for another rib. Here are some team facts & a smidgen of history to help you navigate a game winning conversation full of football know-how.

Alabama vs LSU

 The rivalry runs deep between these schools & became heated when Alabama Head football Coach Nick Saban left after securing a national championship title for LSU. The Crimson Tide & the LSU Tigers face off in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium with a 7 pm kick-off on CBS.

Auburn vs Texas A&M

Auburn, led by Coach Mike Donahue, played the Texas A&M Aggies for the first game between the two schools in 1911 & have met only a handful of times since. The Tigers & the Aggies meet on the gridiron in College Station, Texas on Saturday with an 11 am kick-off on ESPN.

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