Game Day Tailgating: The MVP Chili Bar

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September 23, 2017

Alabama vs Vanderbilt
Auburn vs Mizzou

The MVP Chili Bar

When entertaining football fanatics in your home, a classic game day chili bar offers an effortless & crowd pleasing line up of tailgating morsels. Championship Chili can be prepared well in advance of the festivities & held in a slow cooker to keep warm during the party. Be certain to brush up on your know-how with The Tailgaters Quick Reference Slow Cooker Guide. Although the recipe sports many of the basic fundamentals, Alabama fans can taunt the Vanderbilt competition by luring them with a few of their own early morning southern breakfast staples. A Tennessee original, Muddy Pond sorghum, breaks the plain while hot coffee provides the mojo needed to clench the score. Garnish with a variety of traditional favorites as MVP toppings seal the deal for the extra point. Auburn sports a few trick plays of their own when Tiger Tails In A Blanket are thrown into the huddle. Brown sugar sweetens the biscuits snuggled with miniature sausages while course grain mustard adds grit. It’s a win-win if you follow my game plan so be certain to put this valuable play in motion. 

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Prepare the chili up to 2 days ahead of time.
Place in a slow cooker to reheat several hours before guests arrive.
Create a spot filled with toppings & items to accompany the chili to make it special.
Chop & prep the extras up to a day ahead.

The sausage filled biscuits can be made early in the day.
Reheat the pan just before guests arrive.
Stir together the marmalade, place in a ramekin & chill until ready to serve.

Organize bowls, mugs & spoons on a tray with a few napkins that sport a little team spirit.
Tuck in a few swags of homemade Football Bunting on the table.

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The MVP Chili Bar

Breakfast essentials take this rich chili to the next level. With a few quick moves, a variety of toppings tackle lean, mean appetites in an instant. Sausage filled biscuits complete the pass & cross the line for an easy game winning touchdown.

Championship Chili
Shredded Cheddar Cheese * Chopped Sweet Onion * Jalapeños * Sour Cream
Lime Wedges * Hot Sauce * Corn Chips * Saltine Crackers
Tiger Tails In A Blanket
Beer * Soft Drinks * Water 

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makes 12 servings

Game Changer

Inspired by a southern classic, red-eye gravy, hot coffee gives this chili mojo. Sorghum, another biscuit essential, helps balance & mellow the bitter notes for a flawless finish.

2 lbs 80% lean ground beef
1 large sweet onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, pressed
3 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 cups hot coffee
1 {12-oz} can beer
4 {15.5-oz} cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
2 {10-oz} cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 {15-oz} & 1 {8-oz} can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp sorghum
Toppings: Cheddar cheese, chopped onion, jalapeños, sour cream, lime wedges, hot sauce, corn chips & saltine crackers

Cook the ground beef & the onion in a Dutch oven over Medium-High heat 10 minutes or until the beef is browned. Drain the grease from the mixture & return to the pot. Add the garlic. Sprinkle the chili powder, cumin & salt over the beef mixture. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the spices are toasty-fragrant. Stir in the coffee & step back to allow the steam to escape. Add the beer, the beans, the tomatoes, the two cans of tomato sauce, the Worcestershire sauce & the sorghum, stirring well. Bring the mixture to a boil over Medium-High heat. Reduce the heat to Medium-Low & simmer, partially covered, with the lid. Cook 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with the desired toppings.

The Extra Point

If your team prefers to tackle a thicker chili, stir together 1/4 cup masa harina & 1/2 cup water. Add to the chili at the end of the cooking time & simmer an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the chili consistency further with additional water or masa paste.

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makes 14 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

Mary B’s Frozen Tea Biscuits offer a delicious taste without an added sweet flavor. The recipe works best & fills the pan perfectly with 14 miniature biscuits but often times you’ll get several extra biscuits in the bag. By all means double the recipe & bake the two pans together as directed if serving a larger crowd.

14 miniature frozen tea biscuits
1 Tbsp coarse grain mustard
1/2 tsp dark brown sugar
14 miniature cocktail-size sausages
1 Tbsp melted butter
3/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup orange marmalade
1 Tbsp minced jalapeño
Garnish: Jalapeños 

Place the biscuits on a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap & let stand at room temperature to thaw, about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the mustard & the brown sugar. Slightly flatten the biscuits. Brush with mustard mixture. Wrap the biscuit around a miniature sausage, pinching the edges to seal. Place the biscuits seam side down in a lightly greased 8-inch cake pan. Brush with the melted butter. Bake 35 minutes. Sprinkle with the cheese & bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese melts. Stir together the marmalade & the jalapeño in a small bowl. Serve with the biscuits. Garnish, if desired.

The Extra Point

Try a different combination of jams & jellies to serve with the appetizer. Peach or blackberry preserves would compliment without flaw & the jalapeño would add just the right amount of heat.

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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 Vanderbilt

The Coach Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide heads to Nashville for a matchup against the Vanderbilt Commodores led by Derek Mason on Saturday. The teams are both undefeated. The series includes 83 games with one game led by Coach Paul Bear Bryant who stepped in to the head coaching position at the last minute over an ill Red Sanders. The contest against Kentucky ended in a tie. The game is set to kick-off in Vanderbilt Stadium formerly known as Dudley Field at 2:30 pm on CBS.

Auburn vs Mizzou

The Auburn Tigers led by Coach Gus Malzahn head to Columbia, Missouri for a showdown against the Mizzou Tigers with Coach Barry Odom at the helm in the horseshoe-shaped Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field. The grassy south end zone features the iconic ‘M’ made from painted stone. The game kicks-off on ESPU at 6:30 pm with Auburn going in as the favorite.

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