Nothing says “autumn” louder and more effortlessly than the sights and sounds of tailgate season. A great fall tailgate with family and friends is highlighted by wonderful game day staples, from hot dogs and burgers to chili and hot wings.
This year, why not try a different barbecue recipe? Rather than sticking to the ordinary, non-traditional barbecue choices may be the ones that make your next gathering over-the-top memorable. And remember, presentation and theme are key. Here are some great ideas for livening up your next tailgate barbecue.
Experiment with new twists on old appetizers. Deviled eggs are a traditional appetizer for many get-togethers and barbecue celebrations, but this Cajun twist on an old classic is sure to make your guests come back for more. What about a baby potato salad? With just a few ingredients that you either have at home, or can make from scratch, you can achieve a fresh new taste that will send your taste buds into another world. Pairing up some traditional appetizers with some not-so-traditional ingredients can make for a memorable start to your gathering
Create an unusual but fun presentation. This goes for food as well as for ambiance. Why not leave the ears of corn on the husk, or serve ribs and chicken in butcher paper instead of on plates? Color can bring a great deal of fun to your gathering as well. Use supplies in your team’s colors to show off your spirit, or use little chalkboard signs to label the various foods and drinks available. Have a brisket cutting station or a burger topping station with unusual options like pimento cheese or guacamole.
Take the whole party outside. Whether you’ll be tailgating from home or the stadium, you should still take the party outdoors! Lawn games, lounge chairs and outdoor table settings will make even the most traditional party feel fun and new. Serve dishes in single-serve sized mason jars with lids, individualize desserts, and prepare things ahead of time in a creative way to have it all ready for your guests.
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Thanksgiving is approaching, and we at Cirro Energy can almost smell the turkey in the air! It’s fun to dig out the old family recipes and cook the traditional meal, but this year, why not try something different? Here, we’ve gathered some delicious and easy Thanksgiving recipes that may inspire you to start some new traditions!
What do you eat before the big dinner? It’s common to plan for the more important meal without giving much thought to what everyone will eat throughout the day. A Breakfast Casserole can make the morning a little brighter, and these easy Pumpkin Muffins make a tasty snack if you’re getting peckish while prepping the food.
Take some of the heat out of the kitchen by utilizing your crockpot. Certain dishes, like sweet potatoes, can easily be prepared in a slow cooker, leaving your oven free for more pressing issues- like the turkey.
Do you still buy the canned cranberry sauce? Making your own is easier than you think, and with this recipe for Apple Orange Cranberry Sauce, your guests will think you went to a lot of trouble.
No matter how you serve it up, Thanksgiving is all about celebrating family and getting back to your roots. Here at Cirro Energy, our roots are deeply entrenched in Texas. We love being close to the communities we serve, providing energy to families across this great state. To connect with other Cirro customers, follow Cirro Energy on Facebook and Twitter, or learn more about how Cirro Energy can help your family find the best utility plan by visiting the website.
Texans know how to celebrate, and the holiday season is a great time that is full of fun and wonder. If you’re getting ready to throw a party, Cirro Energy has some wonderful holiday recipes to share, from some talented folks over at Food.com.
Start your night off right by spicing things up with a Bacon-Pecan Cheese Ball. Inspired by a Paula Deen recipe, this appetizer serves 10-12, and can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time. In a large bowl, beat together 8 ounces of cream cheese, and ½ cup of milk. Add in 2 ¼ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, ¼ cup blue cheese, ¼ cup chopped green onion (white parts only), 2 ounces pimientos, drained, ½ cup chopped pecans, and 5 slices of bacon, cooked and finely crumbled. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then transfer mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap, forming into a large ball, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. In the meantime, combine another ½ cup of chopped pecans and 5 more crumbled slices of bacon, then mix in ¼ cup fresh parsley and 1 tablespoon poppy seeds. Carefully unwrap cheese ball and roll in this mixture, then refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.
Bring a homey touch to your party by incorporating a side dish like Fanny Farmer’s Baked Mac and Cheese Casserole. While your oven is preheating to 400°, cook and drain an 8 ounce package of macaroni noodles, and set aside. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter, then whisk in 4 tablespoons of flour, seasoned with ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper, to taste. Gradually pour in a cup of milk and a cup of cream, stirring constantly, as you bring the mixture to the boiling point and boil for two minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, still stirring constantly, then slowly add in 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and simmer for five more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from heat and add macaroni, tossing it with the cheese sauce until it’s coated, then transfer to a buttered baking dish and sprinkle with ½ cup buttered bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
Incorporate one of the season’s favorite flavors by serving decadent Pumpkin Cookie Truffles. First, process ⅓ cup gingersnap crumbs and ¼ cup bran flakes in a food processor, creating a fine meal. Then, transfer to a big bowl and mix with ¼ cup pumpkin puree, 2 ounces cream cheese, ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Shape this mixture into small balls, using your hands, and then dip each ball into melted white chocolate. Finally, sprinkle the truffles with a dusting of pumpkin pie spice. Delicious, and easy to make!
If you’re looking for delicious holiday recipes sure to please your crowd, the right place to look is Food.com. If you’re looking for low fixed rates on your electricity, a commitment to customer service, and account management that works for you, look no further than Cirro Energy. For more information, visit the website at www.cirroenergy.com. For a deeper connection, join Cirro Energy on Facebook and on Twitter.