Southern Tailgating Recipes: Best Game Day Football Party Brunch Menu

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September 13, 2014
Alabama & Auburn Tailgating

Effortless Game Day Brunch

Hearty breakfast specialties score big on game day with hungry football fanatics. Take grits to a new level with a little beer that’s used to prepare the southern favorite. Finish the tailgating feast with a decadent slice of Bourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake for a sweet victory everyone will appreciate.

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Cajun Sausage & Peppers With Stout Grits
Bourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake
Yellowhammer Sweet Tea Cocktail

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Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickCajun Sausage & Peppers With Stout Grits
makes 6 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

Quick cooking grits may be used in place of the stone ground, if desired. Reduce the cooking time by 15 to 20 minutes.

4 {12-oz} bottles of beer
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups stone ground grits
3 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3 tsp Creole seasoning, divided
1 lb hot & spicy Conecuh sausage
1 medium sweet onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded & sliced
4 garlic cloves, pressed
Garnish: Fresh thyme leaves

Bring the beer & salt to a rolling boil in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan over High heat. Whisk in the grits & reduce the heat to Medium-Low, stirring occasionally. Cook the grits until thickened & tender, about 40 to 45 minutes. Turn off the heat. Stir in the butter, the cheese & 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning. Set aside & keep warm.

Meanwhile, slice the sausage & brown in a non-stick skillet over High heat 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well & set aside. Place the same skillet back on the stove eye over Medium-High heat. Sauté the onions for 3 minutes. Add the peppers cook 2 minutes. Add the garlic & cook 1 more minute. Stir in the remaining 1 tsp Creole seasoning. Return the sausage to the skillet & give it a good toss. Cook until heated through. Serve the sausage mixture over the grits & top with fresh thyme leaves.

The Extra Point

Serve the grits with grilled or sautéed shrimp for an equally delicious meal.

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Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickBourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake
makes 16 servings

Run The Option 

Use additional buttermilk in place of the bourbon, if desired. 

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups dark brown sugar, packed
5 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups ap flour, sifted 3 times
3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted 3 times
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup whole buttermilk
1/3 cup bourbon
3/4 cup chocolate syrup
Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze
3/4 cup toasted pecan halves, coarsely chopped
A pinch of kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease & flour a 10-inch tube pan. Beat the butter & the brown sugar with an electric stand mixer on Medium speed until light & airy, about 5 minutes. Stop the mixer occasionally & scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the eggs & the vanilla blending on Low speed just until the yellow disappears.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder & baking soda in a medium bowl. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk & the bourbon. Blend in the chocolate syrup. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Drop the pan a few inches from the counter top surface to settle the leavening.

Bake 1 hour & 15 minutes to 1 hour & 20 minutes or until a wooden pick tests clean. Do not over bake the cake. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Prepare the Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze as directed. Quickly drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake & allow some to spill down the sides. Sprinkle the pecans & salt over the warm glaze.

The Extra Point

Serve this stunner throughout the year. Accompany with ice cream for an even more decadent dessert. 

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makes enough to cover 1 {10-inch} pound cake

The Basic Fundamentals

Be careful not to over blend the mixture as it will begin to tighten up & become a whipped ganache instead.

1 cup dark chocolate morsels
3 Tbsp heavy cream
2 Tbsp bourbon

Microwave the chocolate & the cream in a small bowl for 30 seconds on High. Stir the mixture & cook an additional 15 seconds or until melted. Add the bourbon & whisk the mixture until it begins to smooth out. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Use this glaze over Buttermilk Pound Cake for a delicious twist.

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How To Slice An Onion 

Safety is key when slicing any vegetable. Start with a well sharpened chef knife. Follow these pointers for success in your own kitchen.

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Place a damp kitchen towel under a clean cutting board. This will keep the board stable & prevent it from moving when in use. Cut the ends from the onions & slice in half. Peel the outer skins & slice each half, flat side down, into very thin half moon shapes. 

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