Tide & Tigers Today Tailgating: Upscale Southwestern Brunch

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September 17, 2016

Alabama vs Ole Miss
Auburn vs Texas A&M

Upscale Southwestern Brunch

Get ready to kick-off a football Saturday filled with SEC conference match ups featuring ritzy fiesta tailgating provisions. Watch out or you may be penalized for excessive celebration with Margarita Mimosas on the roster. Topped off with a little bubbly, they add glorious spirit to southern players that are well received anytime of the day especially when fan-favorite flavors star in the lineup. Southwestern-style shrimp & grits take to a field of endless possibilities when smoky game day grilling comes into play.

Alabama Crimson Tide fans will be eating up the competition in good taste with a Mississippi icon, Grit Girl which serve as the basic fundamentals for the classic combination. Next, Auburn fans can take a local original, Alabama Gulf Seafood, to give the competition a good grilling over a hot bed of coals with spicy shrimp kabobs. When topped over the grits with fresh from the garden flavors that the Tiger competition owns, you have a No. 1 team taunting, pre-game feast that sports a distinctive new spin perfectly aligned for winning.

The Game Plan

Classic white mugs paired with mismatched silver spoons
elevate this game day ensemble effortlessly.
Organize the pieces on slate boards & pull out the cast iron.
Mixing the wares keeps the look rustic & true.

Thread the shrimp ahead of time to make game day grilling breezy.
Prepare the grits ahead & reheat before serving.

Chill the champagne well in advance.
Ice down in a beverage tub with the margarita mixture
so fans can help themselves to the signature cocktail.

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The Menu

Upscale Southwestern Brunch

Pop the cork & top off margaritas with a spot of bubbly to kick-off high style hobnobbing. You’ll never look at mimosas quite the same way again. Borrow a few tips for the opposing team… if only just to poke in good fun. Polish the chafing dish to keep these homegrown grits warm during your tailgate.

Grilled Chipotle-Garlic Shrimp Kabobs
Charred Corn & Avocado Pico De Galo
Aged Gouda-Cheddar Grits
Margarita Mimosas

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makes 8 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

Soaking the wooden skewers in water will help curtail uninvited grilling flare ups. Do not skip this step. 

16 {6-inch} wooden skewers
2 lbs {26-31 count} fresh wild American shrimp, peeled & deveined
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp minced chipotle peppers in adobo
1 Tbsp adobo sauce
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges

one
Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.
Thread the shrimp on the skewers & place in a shallow dish.

two
Whisk together the honey & the next 6 ingredients in a small bowl.
Pour the marinade over the shrimp & brush the mixture on all sides to coat well.
Chill 2 to 24 hours.

three
Grill the shrimp over Medium-High heat {350 to 400 degrees}
3 minutes per side or until no longer pink.
Sprinkle with the cilantro & serve with lime wedges.

The Extra Point

Nix the skewers & sear the shrimp in a cast iron skillet indoors for a fast weeknight meal solution. Serve with hot cooked rice & roasted vegetables or top over a baked, sweet potato with a handful of lightly dressed mixed greens.

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makes about 3 cups

The Basic Fundamentals

The pico de galo can be prepared up to 2 days ahead of time. However, do not add the avocado until just before serving for the brightest, freshest color & flavor.

2 ears fresh corn on the cob, shucked
1 avocado, diced
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/3 cup diced red onion
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp minced jalapeno
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp kosher salt

one
Grill the corn over direct Medium-High heat {350 to 400 degrees}
10 minutes, turning often, until charred.

Cool 30 minutes.
Cut the kernels from the cobs.

two
Stir together the avocado & the lime juice in a large bowl.
Fold in the corn kernels & the remaining ingredients.
Taste & adjust the seasonings.

The Extra Point

Top nachos or lunchtime salads with this tasty combination. 

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makes 8 servings

Game Day Provisions 101

Serve these high flavored grits topped with the Grilled Chipotle-Garlic Shrimp Kabobs
& the Charred Corn & Avocado Pico De Galo for a game changing brunch option.

8 cups water
2 tsp kosher salt
2 cups yellow stone ground grits
2 cups shredded aged Gouda cheese
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter

one
Bring the water & the salt to a boil in a Dutch oven over High heat.
Whisk in the grits & reduce the heat to Low.
Simmer partially covered with the lid & stir occasionally for 25 minutes or until tender.
Remove the grits from the heat.

two
Stir in the cheeses & the butter.
Transfer the grits to a chafing dish or slow cooker.
Hold on the Warm setting.

The Extra Point

The grits make an excellent sideline dinner option. Pair with grilled pork tenderloin or chicken for a winning meal the entire family will love. 

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Style Points

Prepare the grits the day before the game.
Cool 20 minutes & transfer to a plastic container with a lid.
Chill overnight.

Reheat the grits in a very large cast iron skillet over a hot plate
with a little water or beer until hot.

Serve directly from the skillet for a rustic approach
topped with the vibrant pico & shrimp that’s been grilled ahead.

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makes 12 servings

Trick Play

Run a lime wedge around glass rims & dip in kosher salt or sugar for an easy special touch. If you have trouble locating prepared limeade, make a substitution with margarita mix or stir together a batch using frozen concentrate that has been thawed ahead of time.

4 cups limeade
1 cup orange juice
3/4 cup tequila
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Champagne, chilled
Garnishes: Lime slices

Stir together the first 4 ingredients in a small pitcher.
Pour about 1/2 cup of the mixture into glasses filled with ice.
Top with the champagne. Garnish with lime slices.

The Extra Point

Get game day punchy. Pour the margarita combo & the bubbly into a large punch bowl. Keep chill with a little ice.

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How To Pass The Time In Good Fun

Spending a day on campus means extra curricular activities are in order.
Be sure & pack a few additional goods beyond the flat screen & the pigskin.

Challenge friends to a game of cornhole & horseshoes.
You can also set aside space for beer pong…
That should really liven up the bunch.
Be safe.

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Alabama & Ole Miss share a feisty, storied rivalry. In 1969, the Crimson Tide defeated the Rebels with a 33-32 victory led by a crushed Ole Miss quarterback, Archie Manning during the first nationally televised prime time game. The contest took place the same season teams from across the country commemorated & celebrated the 100th anniversary of college football.

In recent years, Ole Miss has come out on top over Alabama but it hasn’t stopped the Tide from rolling on to sweet victory. In 2014, Saban’s team earned their 10th SEC Championship title representing the Western division. The very next season, Alabama clenched a 16th National Championship despite the early season loss against Ole Miss. A renewed focus on team accountability & resilience are attributed to the Tide’s bounce back to become victorious in the long run.

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Style Points

Borrow a good idea from the opposing team by using mismatched heirloom silver spoons when gritty game day fare comes into play. Houndstooth paper products tucked between a crimson linen or two offer refined, authentic style.

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Auburn vs Texas A&M

Gus Malzahn’s first season as Auburn’s head football coach in 2013 proved what he could really do on the ball field. The No. 24 ranked Tigers upset the Manziel led Texas A&M offense knocking them out of the No. 7 spot in the polls. The Aggies were beside themselves to say the least. A final score of 45-41 was indeed a signature win for Malzahn but it would be two more years before the Tigers would be on top of the series again. In 2015, the showdown took place at the Aggies own Kyle Field where Auburn walked away with a 26-10 win.

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Style Points

Well appointed white mugs paired with linen beverage napkins in navy or orange set the tone for a spirited shindig. A string of pennants scattered throughout the space offer casual charm.

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