Daddy’s Bloody Marys

Daddy’s Bloody Marys

Serves 6
Hands-On: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

4 cups vegetable juice
3⁄4 cup fresh lime juice (from 7 limes)
1⁄4 cup prepared horseradish
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1⁄2 cups (12 oz.) vodka
1 teaspoon celery salt
Lime wedges
Celery stalks
Pickled okra spears
Spicy pickled green beans

Combine the vegetable juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a pitcher. Stir in the vodka just before serving. Sprinkle the celery salt on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass; invert glasses onto celery salt so salt adheres to rim of glasses. Fill each glass with ice and about 1 cup vegetable juice mixture. Garnish with the celery stalks, pickled okra spears, and spicy green beans.


Recipe excerpted from What Can I Bring? by Elizabeth Heiskell. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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Marinated Vegetables

Marinated Vegetables

Serves 10
Hands-on: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours, 15 minutes

1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and halved
1 cup halved green beans
1 medium English cucumber, cut into 1⁄4-inch-thick slices (about 3 cups)
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 2 cups)
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 2 cups)
2 cups pitted kalamata olives
1 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
3⁄4 cup Versatile Vinaigrette (see below)

1. Fill a medium saucepan with water; add the salt, and bring to a boil. Add the asparagus; cook until bright green, 30 to 45 seconds. Remove the asparagus from the pan, and immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Add the green beans to the boiling water; cook until bright green, about 1 minute. Remove the green beans from the pan, and immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain the asparagus and green beans.

2. Combine the asparagus, green beans, cucumber slices, tomatoes, bell pepper strips, olives, and artichoke hearts; add the Vinaigrette, and stir gently. Let stand about 2 hours.

Versatile Vinaigrette

Makes: 3 cups. Hands-on: 5 minutes. Total: 5 minutes
 
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4  teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil or canola oil
 
Whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth.
 
NOTE: You can use a food processor to combine the oil and the acid, but it’s easy to over process the liquids and they can become thicker than gravy. If the dressing gets too thick, add water to thin the dressing; do NOT add more oil because that will only make the problem worse.

Recipe excerpted from What Can I Bring? by Elizabeth Heiskell. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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Mint Julep Fruit Salad

Mint Julep Fruit Salad

Serves 10
Hands-on: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour, 10 minutes

1 1⁄2 cups packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 tablespoons (1 1⁄2 oz.) bourbon
4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
2 cups chopped fresh strawberries (about 12 oz.)
2 cups sliced peeled fresh peaches (about 2 medium peaches)
1 cup fresh blueberries
(about 6 oz.)
1 cup fresh raspberries
(about 4 oz.)
Garnish: fresh mint

1. Bring the mint, sugar, and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and cool 20 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, pressing the solids to release the liquid. Discard the solids.

2. Stir together the bourbon and 1/2 cup of the mint syrup in a small bowl. Store the remaining syrup in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

3. Toss together the watermelon, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and raspberries in a large bowl until combined. Pour the bourbon mixture over fruit. Let stand 30 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Recipe excerpted from What Can I Bring? by Elizabeth Heiskell. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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Bacon Bites

Bacon Bites

So here it is in all its glory... our most talked about, sought after, and begged for recipe. We love these served in mint julep cups or silver goblets.

Serves 22
Hands-on: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour

2 cups packed light brown sugar
22 bacon slices
22 very thin breadsticks (from a 3.5-ounce package)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the brown sugar in a large pan or baking sheet. Wrap 1 bacon slice around each breadstick, starting at 1 end of the breadstick and barely overlapping  the bacon. Roll the breadsticks in the brown sugar, pressing to adhere. (At this point, you can cover and refrigerate overnight, if desired.) Place breadsticks on an aluminum foil-lined 12- x 7-inch baking sheet.
2. Bake in the preheated oven until bacon is cooked through and almost crisp, 35 to 40 minutes. Immediately remove the warm sticks from baking sheet, and place on wax paper. (They will stick  like glue if not moved immediately.) Cool to room temperature.

Recipe excerpted from What Can I Bring? by Elizabeth Heiskell. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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BLT Lettuce Wraps

BLT Lettuce Wraps

Recipe courtesy of Jordan Shirley, a student at Liberty Tech Magnet School

1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon vegetable seasoning
Salt and black pepper to taste
Bibb lettuce, cooked bacon, sliced avocado, & tomato wedges

Whisk mayo, sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, basil leaves, and vegetable seasoning in a small bowl.  Season lemon cream with salt and pepper.

Assemble wraps by layering lettuce with bacon, tomato slices and avocado. Add lemon cream mixture.

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Cajun Shrimp Skewers

Cajun Shrimp Skewers

Contributor: Keeth Smart.

This recipe is fitting for a guy like Keeth Smart—he is an American silver-medal-winning sabre fencer. (Get it? Skewers—sabres?) Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Keeth competed for the United States in the 1999 Pan American Games, where his team won a bronze. In 2002 and 2004, Keeth won the US National Sabre Championship and in 2003, he became the first American to be the top-ranked fencer worldwide. Keeth competed in three Summer Olympic Games, earning his silver in Beijing in 2008. It’s your choice how to cook the shrimp in Keeth’s recipe. You can grill them on a gas or charcoal barbecue, or you can broil them in your oven.

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Pregame Honey-Lime Sriracha Salmon

Pregame Honey-Lime Sriracha Salmon

Contributor: LeBron James.

LeBron James requires no introduction. I’m fairly certain that the entire world knows who LeBron is. And rightly so—he has won two NBA Championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He’s also incredibly charitable and is featured in many international advertising campaigns by multiple brands and in feature films. (I think he was the best part of the movie Trainwreck.) He’s even hosted Saturday Night Live—and was funny! (If you missed it, go Google “LeBron James Solid Gold SNL” right now.) I asked LeBron (thank you, Maverick) to share his favorite game day meal, and he sent me this recipe for seared salmon over coconut quinoa with steamed broccoli, topped with a Sriracha-cilantro-lime drizzle and shredded coconut. It’s not only a tasty, colorful dish to serve at your fangate, but it’s also a fantastic dish to eat if you’re an athlete fueling up for game day. Enjoy!

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Bacon Guacamole

Bacon Guacamole

I mean, be serious. Guacamole is one of the most delicious foods on the planet. But as I discovered while I was tinkering around in the kitchen in preparation for an afternoon of World Cup viewing, guac can be so much better with bacon! I like this rendition of my more classic guacamole recipe (page 247) because it’s got great texture. Guacamole is a bit mushy, but when you add in the crispy bacon, there’s so many more layers to enjoy. And I don’t use just any bacon to make this recipe—it’s thick cut all the way for chunks of crispy, porky goodness in every bite!

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Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Contributor: Mark Schlereth.

If you’re like me and watch ESPN regularly, then you know Mark Schlereth. In fact, that’s where I met Mark—when I was up at the campus visiting. Mark’s both a talented radio and TV sportscaster. And certainly it goes without saying, with an NFL career like his, he was a pretty good football player, too. During his 12 years in the NFL, he played in two Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowls—one with the Washington Redskins and two with the Denver Broncos.

This is Mark’s black bean salsa recipe, which he recommends you serve with his Green Chile Eggs Benedict.

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Smoked Old-Fashioned

Smoked Old-Fashioned

Courtesy of THE TENNESSEAN Hotel

Wood chips
2 oz. Angel's Envy Bourbon
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup (1 part sugar and 1 part water)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters
Garnish: Orange twist and cherry

Invert an old-fashioned glass over smoldering wood chips for a few seconds until the glass fills with smoke. Set aside, upside down, to trap the smoke. Add the remaining ingredients to a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir. Strain into the prepared old-fashioned glass and add a large ice cube or sphere. Garnish with an orange twist and a cherry.

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Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Makes 1 (9-inch) cheesecake

Crust:
2 cups firmly packed vanilla wafer crumbs
1⁄3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Filling:
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1⁄2 cups plus 1⁄4 cup sugar, divided
6 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream

Garnish: sugared fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 300°.

For crust: In a small bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, 1⁄3 cup sugar, melted butter, and egg white, stirring to combine well. Press firmly on bottom and up sides of a 9 1⁄2-inch springform pan. Bake for 8 minutes; set aside to let cool.

For filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 1⁄2 cups sugar with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour, beating just until combined. Stir in sour cream. Spoon batter into prepared crust. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes; turn oven off. Leave in oven with door closed for 4 hours. Remove cheesecake from oven. Gently run a knife around edge of pan to release sides. Let cool completely in pan. Cover, and refrigerate for 8 hours.

Evenly sprinkle remaining 1⁄4 cup sugar on top of cheesecake. Caramelize sugar with kitchen torch until sugar is melted. Remove sides of pan to serve. Garnish with sugared fresh raspberries, if desired.

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Pumpkin Trifles

Pumpkin Trifles

Makes 8 Servings

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed and divided
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • Garnish: whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice, gingersnaps

 

In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, 1⁄2 container whipped topping, 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, remaining 1⁄2 container whipped topping, remaining 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.
In small glasses, layer cream cheese mixture, gingersnap cookie crumbs, and pumpkin mixture. Garnish with whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice, and gingersnaps, if desired.
 

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Sweet Potato–Sage Soup

Sweet Potato–Sage Soup

Makes 1 1/2 Quarts

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and
  • chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Garnish: cooked bacon, sage leaves

 

In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon, and set aside. Add onion to Dutch oven and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Add broth, sage, potatoes, and curry; cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool for 30 minutes. Puree potatoes with an immersion blender, or in 3 batches with a regular blender. Return to heat, and add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with bacon and sage, if desired.
 

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