Most people invites people over to watch a football game to their house so they can share in the suspense of seeing who will win…… These people are clearly not Alabama fans. When I married a die hard Alabama fan, it wasn’t hard to convert this couldn’t careless football watcher into a Bama fan as well. Their having their own style of hat trademark, signature houndstooth print, and an elephant as a mascot didn’t hurt in the conversion either. I truly mean no offense to my home team (Arkansas), but it’s a lot more fun to cheer for the winning team anyways. That all being said to explain when you invite people over to “watch” a Bama game you have full intent of socializing through it with the assuredness that your team seems to come out on top. It then becomes about the food and the company of course.
You should expect no less than a full spread, decked in Crimson and houndstooth accents at a Erwin football gathering
Wonderful spinach artichoke dip
Hand held Panini sandwiches
All of the little details one expects from an Erwin gathering. I have saved the best for last (except for the dessert but that will come later this week). When playing the razorbacks what could be more appropriate then serving a little pork. I served up a line of food but my star sandwich was a BBT.
BBT (Bacon, Basil, and Tomato jam)
Kruteaz Buttermilk Waffle Mix (4 cups or two batches)
2 Tbs Chopped Fresh Rosemary
3 Tbs Yellow Corn Meal
Thick Cut Peppered Bacon
1/3 cup of Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 cup Italian Mixed Cheeses
First follow the directions on the waffle mix, it calls for two cups per one batch, but I made two to get 12 waffles. Replace the oil in the mix with olive oil, add the cornmeal and rosemary then pour the batter into I your waffle iron. While these are cooking fry up your bacon on the stove, there is no way to get it crispier.
As you fry it in batches set aside on a paper towel lined plate to drain some of the grease
Smother half of the waffles with the tomato jam, I used a variation on Taylor’s Tomato Jam from savouringstlouis.wordpress.com. I changed it by cutting the chili paste and using a couple dashes of Cayenne pepper. I didn’t drain my can of tomatoes either so I let in simmer for almost three hours on low.
I then piled the bacon on the jam half, dispersed the cheese on top of each bacon pile, and pop then in the oven on 350 until the cheese melts on top.
I then added a few basil leaves on top and added the plain waffles on top.
Now pile on a plate to share with friends
And of course share with even the tiniest of fans even if they are cheering for the other team
Happy Game Day from our home to yours!
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