August 24, 2015

Tailgate Recipes: Meatball Sandwiches




I love easy when it comes to tailgate food. (Especially now that we have a toddler.) This recipe is definitely an easy one but also delicious too.

Ingredients:
1 small onion, grated
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 large egg
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
6 ounces ground beef
6 ounces ground veal
6 ounces ground pork
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Marinara Sauce
12 Italian rolls, split, warmed on grill
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
3 ounces sliced provolone


Directions:

To make the meatballs: Whisk the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese and bread crumbs. Mix in the beef, veal, and pork. Using about 2 tablespoons of meat for each, shape the meat mixture into 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a baking sheet and broil meatballs until brown on top, about 7 minutes (browning times can vary dramatically, depending on broiler strength). Once cooked, add the meatballs and the marinara sauce together and refrigerate until gameday.

Tailgate Tip: The sandwiches can be assembled then wrapped individually in foil beforehand. Or if you have a generator, you can keep the marinara and the meatballs on the "keep warm" setting in your slow cooker/crock pot.

To make the sandwiches: Spoon meatballs with some sauce over the bottoms of the rolls. Place 1/2 slice provolone on top of meatballs and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Spread more sauce over the roll tops, then fold the tops of the rolls over and serve.








August 5, 2015

Gameday Fashion: Dooney and Bourke Collegiate





Dooney and Bourke recently launched a collegiate line. While I'm excited that bigger name designers are embracing the gameday trend, I don't LOVE these styles. I think to be universally flattering and appealing, the bags should have been a tad more understated. Maybe that's just me, though. The trend in gameday fashion, that last few years, has been leaning towards supporting your team with color choices, and not plastered in logos. 

For example the Georgia crossbody bag, would have looked better with one or two strategically placed logos on a dominant black or red background. Again, I may be in the minority. What do you think? Yay or nay on these bags?









July 1, 2015

Tailgate Toys: Igloo Party Bar






I saw an ad for this cooler recently and was super excited about it. I couldn't imagine a more perfect cooler for tailgating. It has LED lights that illuminate the cooler’s contents. It has removable dividers, removable lid, locking casters, and a bottle opener. This cooler is truly a "Party Bar".




June 15, 2015

All About That Base.....Ball With Majestic Athletic







Meghan Trainor’s, “All About That Bass” is quite the catchy song. The video too, is also really fun. Nonetheless, her “bass” and my “base” are quite different. She likes a little treble with her bass, and I like a little double with my base.

I’m all about baseball these days. Especially since, I need to get my tailgate fix somewhere, and baseball games are a perfect reason to tailgate. We love to tailgate the Texas Rangers games. We have the perfect spot picked out. Our area easily accommodates our big group, all of our gear, it has an easy in and easy out, and of course, it’s close to the restrooms.  By now, you guys know I love a theme party, so typically when I’m planning a baseball tailgate I stick the classic all American foods.

Some of my favorite baseball tailgate recipes include;
  1. Classic snack tray with popcorn, M&M’s and peanuts.
  2. Baseball cheese tray
  3. Hot dogs, with a full condiment bar
  4. Candy coated pretzel rods

Tailgating in the summer, in Texas, can be very hot, which is why I’m a fan of the apparel from Majestic Athletic. They offer some very “cool” (pun intended) baseball jerseys for women. Their jerseys are made of a new lightweight and breathable material (Cool Base). Anyone attending a summer baseball game knows how hot the temperatures can get. It’s so great to find a jersey that wicks away the sweat.

You can pick up a team jersey with your favorite player’s name on the back. Or, they also have personalized jerseys, in case you are the player….play on then. Their women’s jerseys are designed with a feminine fit, which is extra nice.  I can’t tell you how annoying it is to find a great sports tee but only in a men’s boxy fit.

Majestic has a large selection of MLB teams to choose from. They also have NFL, NHL, MBA and college apparel as well. The company recently promoted Jersey Day and encouraged all fans to support their teams. Sadly my Rangers came in 24th out of 30. Oh well, maybe next year! In the meantime, check out all of Majestic’s sports gear.













May 29, 2015

Tailgate Food: Slawsa





Slawsa is a bit hard to describe, but before I attempt to, I want y'all to know, it's very, very good! Slawsa is a unique combination of  slaw and salsa. It comes in 4 different varieties; original, spicy, garlic and spicy garlic. I've even heard a rumor they plan to introduce a "fire" flavor this summer. 

On Memorial Day, the hubby and I attended a barbecue. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try out Slawsa. I made their deviled egg recipe using the spicy flavor. The eggs turned out great! I almost wish they had a little more kick. To me, the "spicy" wasn't that hot. 

I added some Slawsa to my grilled sausage and even tried it on my chicken. I was surprised how well it paired with both meats. I think it's definitely a perfect topping to serve at your upcoming barbecues and a great way to "elevate your tailgate" from the typical boring condiments. 


*Slawsa provided me with three of their flavors to sample. All opinions are my own.


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