Tide & Tigers Today Tailgating: Game Day Crostini Bar

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October 29, 2016

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Game Day Crostini Bar

University. Armed with rich culture & history anything is possible and a lovely game day social includes more than just a few nibbles gracefully displayed on your grandmother’s heirloom silver under a tent in The Grove. Auburn’s Tigers & Crimson Tide tailgaters know that it starts with a line up of carefully chosen contenders that reflect these same high standards. Artisan bread serves as the backdrop for a fine selection of simple foods that pair flawlessly for easy, tasteful nibbles. Tradition takes the lead with a collection of flavor combinations that speak to both Auburn & Alabama academic excellence. Offer a line up that starts with Samford Hall Crostini where buttery little toasts are topped with southern-style pimiento cheese, grilled steak, arugula & toasted pecans for a lavish game day bite. Alabama football fanatics can huddle a decadent spread option of spicy artichoke dip, grilled chicken, smoky bacon & arugula over the crispy bread for a high-brow Capstone Crostini all the while taking a rest from the gridiron. There’s no denying that everyone will score big when the tailgating table is stacked with these first-rate provisions.

The Game Plan

Marinate the steak & chicken up to 24 hours ahead of time.

Prepare the pimiento cheese the night before & place in the serving dish.
Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate.
Blend the artichoke dip & place in the casserole dish.
Pop it in the oven the next day for easy warming.

Fill small bowls with toppings & arrange on slate or wooden boards.
Scatter plenty of crostini toasts about. Fill in with a selection of crackers.
Finish with a stack of small plates & napkins.

Create an instant bar on a small outdoor table away from the food.
This will allow each space to be accessible with ease.
Organize a tray of non-breakable barware with a bucket of ice close by.

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Game Day Crostini Bar

Game day socials can be tasteful events with a few simple ideas. Grilled chicken & steak rank high with football fanatics. Topped over spread options such as southern pimiento cheese & a spicy artichoke dip, you’ll be well on your way to winning the crowd over to your sidelines.

Grilled Rosemary Steak & Chicken
Orange & Blue Pimiento Cheese
Crimson & White Artichoke Popper Dip
Buttery Crostini Toasts
Highfalutin’ Tailgating Toppings
Jalapenos * Toasted Pecans * Bacon * Arugula * Scallions

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makes 8 appetizer servings

Tailgating On The Go

Traveling to campus for a beautiful outdoor celebration is a cinch. Pop the chicken & steak in separate zip-top bags the night before with the marinade. Toss into the cooler on your way out the door. If grills aren’t permitted on campus, cook them up to one day ahead of time.

1 lb New York strip steak
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper, divided

Rub the steak with 1 Tbsp rosemary, 1 Tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper & place on a plate. Repeat with the chicken & the remaining ingredients on a separate plate. Cover & chill for 1 hour. Grill the steak & the chicken over direct Medium-High heat {350 to 400 degrees} 3 to 4 minutes per side or until the steak reaches the desired degree of doneness & the chicken reaches 165 degrees. Remove from the grill & let stand 10 minutes. Slice the steak & the chicken into strips.

The Extra Point

Think beyond game day. Everyday meal solutions just got a bit easier. Top salads, quesadillas & baked potatoes with these weeknight powerhouses or serve next to team mates such as grits, rice or grilled vegetables.

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makes 2 1/2 cups

The Basic Fundamentals

Classic steak flavors season this popular southern spread that can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Purchase an additional 5-oz container of blue cheese crumbles if you want to add the garnish.

1 {8-oz} package extra sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 {8-oz} package cream cheese, softened
1 {5-oz} container blue cheese crumbles
1/3 cup diced roasted red bell peppers
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 scallions, minced
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
Garnish: Blue cheese crumbles
Buttery Crostini Toasts or crackers

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Serve with Buttery Crostini Toasts or crackers.

The Extra Point

Pipe the flavorful favorite into celery sticks or simply offer with a healthy selection of vibrant crudite. Slather over toasted bread & layer with BLT classics for a yummy lunch sandwich. Try a tailgating tried & true by making pretty pinwheel sandwiches. Spread the pimiento cheese over flour tortillas & top with turkey, lettuce & bacon. Roll up & slice them just before serving.

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makes 8 servings

Run The Option

This tailgating favorite holds its own prep rally with extra team players such as garlic, scallions and lots of fiery heat from the jalapenos. For a milder dip, start with a few tablespoons of the minced peppers and have a taste… adjust accordingly.

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 {14-oz} can quartered artichoke hearts, drained & chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 3/4 cup Italian cheese blend, divided
2 scallions, minced
1/3 cup minced red jalapeno peppers
2 garlic cloves, pressed
Buttery Crostini Toasts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first 9 ingredients & 1 1/2 cups Italian cheese blend in a large bowl. Spoon into a lightly greased 1-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot & bubbly in the center. Serve with Buttery Crostini Toasts, crackers or corn chips.

The Extra Point

If a crostini party isn’t a part of your game plan, the dip can be served with corn chips, crackers or crudite for an equally delicious snack time out.

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makes about 8 appetizer servings

The Basic Fundamentals

Baking the toasts at a lower temperature allows the bread to dry out & crisp throughout. Broiling the last few minutes of the bake time lends a lovely golden brown.

1 {15-oz} quality baguette, cut into 5/16-inch slices
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Arrange the bread in a single layer on a half sheet pans. Brush the slices with melted butter. Bake for 10 minutes. Switch the oven to the broil setting. Place the pans under the broiler. Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until the toasts are lightly browned. Cool completely.

The Extra Point

Serve the toasts with salads for crunch time appeal. Slather with jam & top with a smidgen of crumbly cheese for extra style points.

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How To Be The Chalk Talk Of The Tailgate
Offer custom creations filled with team spirit

Tailgating is an all day affair in many cases so why not make it fun.
Offer a team building exercise with a platter of tasteful flavors.
Get creative & name custom creations after school landmarks.
Diagram the play option menu items on chalk boards to complete the pass.

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Game Day Provisions 101

Style Points

Samford Hall Crostini

Samford Hall was built on the campus of Auburn University to replace “Old Main” a building where classes had originally been held since inception in 1859 until it was destroyed by a fire in 1887. After construction, the new building was simply known as the “Main Building” until 1929 when it was named for William J. Samford, a former Governor of Alabama. Samford Hall currently houses campus administration.

Grilled Rosemary Steak
Orange & Blue Pimiento Cheese
Buttery Crostini Toasts

Toasted Pecans

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In 1989, Alabama sought to redeem their loss against the Ole Miss Rebels from the previous year under Coach Bill Curry. Some one was so enraged, they tossed a brick through his office window on campus to further underscore their distaste for the final outcome. Despite getting off to a shaky start, the Crimson Tide came from behind led by quarterback Gary Hollingsworth to close a 21 point gap annihilating the Rebels in a 62-27 win in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Style Points

Capstone Crostini

President George H. Denny for which many school landmarks are named across the University of Alabama campus coined the flagship of the state school system “The Capstone” to signify excellence in research & learning.

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Crimson & White Artichoke Popper Dip
Buttery Crostini Toasts

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