My husband and I recently attended a Tailgating Extravaganza Cooking Class at the Shenandoah Club in Roanoke, Virginia. Chef Roger Light shared with us his favorite tailgating recipes. And this was no “mess o’ chicken wings”…this was fancy tailgating with surprisingly simple recipes! Thank you Chef Light!
We were greeted with our choice of Sangria: Traditional Red Wine and Fresh Fruit Sangria or Falling Pear Punch.
Here’s Chef Light’s recipe for his fabulous Falling Pear Punch ~
Falling Pear Punch
20 ounces GREY GOOSE® La Poire (Pear)
15 ounces Sparkling Wine
5 ounces Grand Marnier ®
5 ounces Pear Puree
5 ounces Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
7.5 ounces Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a punch vessel and chill using a large block of ice. Stir gently. Serve in cocktail cups with pear slice garnish/ground cinnamon on top.
This would produce a punch that has a volume of 57.5 ounces.
I consider Sangria to be the 5th food group since it has so many ingredients that are good for us! So I was very happy to get Chef Light’s recipe:
1 bottle Red Wine
1/3 bottle Orange Juice
1/3 bottle Vodka
1/3 bottle B&B Brandy
1 Green Apple, diced
1 Orange, zested
1 Cinnamon Stick, cracked
1 cup Simple Syrup
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cover and chill for several hours in the refrigerator. Pour sangria into a pitcher and serve ice-cold in chilled cocktail cups.
The first tailgating tidbit we were served was pickled shrimp. Perfect for stand-up snacking at the game. Followed by delicious deviled eggs, warm bar nuts, ham and gruyere baguettes with mustard butter and avocado and bleu cheese dip with apples.
Then came the GRILL! We feasted on grilled beef tenderloin and salmon. One of the most delightful treats of the evening was the Texas Barbecue Dry Rub Ribs ~ grilled over charcoal.
…here’s Chef Light’s recipe ~ serve with Harvest (Vinegar Based) Slaw
Texas Barbecue Dry Rub
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Black Pepper, freshly ground
1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1 teaspoon Cumin, ground
1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper, ground
And for dessert ~ moist chocolately caramel sea salt peanut brownies.
Chef Light sent us home with “Chili-Cornbread Jars” to enjoy at our leisure. What a fabulous idea – spicy chili layered with homemade cornbread topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onion. Perfect for a hearty snack before the big game!
Kitten Update: Ziggy Elman (grey kitten) and Artie Shaw (tabby kitten) are lovin’ life in their new forever home (day 3). They are devouring their food, ignoring kitten toys because the other kitten’s tail and my fingers and toes are much better to chew on! Ziggy likes to put both feet in his water bowl (go figure)!
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