One of the greatest things about the food business is the people – we are fortunate to rub shoulders with suppliers, customers, and other food companies that are crazy about food! In Fischer & Wieser’s never-ending quest to Inspire Your Culinary Adventure, it is a great privilege for us to bring other foodies “to the table”, so to speak, to share great food ideas from other points of view.
This month, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to Monique Sandhu, a food blogger, and self-proclaimed food nut, from Austin whose blog goes by the name of ATX EATS & TREATS. We first met Monique at our Summer Media Roundup at Das Peach Haus, and quickly discovered that we have a lot in common – namely food – and how fun it is to share with others.
For this month’s blog, we thought it would be inspiring for Monique to give you her unique view on tailgating, and to share some amazing and simple tailgating recipes…take it away Monique!!
Being from Texas, I love all the things that makes this state great, namely football and food. There are some foods that just shout Texas, and I’m here to help you create those for your next tailgating party! Let’s be honest, the best part about tailgating season isn’t the football – it’s the food we get to make, share, and enjoy. Whether you’re vegetarian, a meat lover, or somewhere in between, I have the recipes you’ll love. These versatile and easy recipes can be made ahead of time, whether you’re out by the field or if your hosting a party at home! And a party for one is totally acceptable! 😉
Texas Caviar with Quinoa includes fresh favorites like limes, avocados, beans, and two delicious Fischer & Wieser sauces. I love having this on the side of a big hotdog (it’s all about balance, right?)
For the dressing:
1\2 cup lime juice
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine (or rice) vinegar
1 teaspoon Fischer & Wieser’s Champagne Honey Mustard
For the Texas Caviar:
1 small can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 small can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup Fischer & Wieser’s Das Peach Haus® Peach Salsa
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and chopped
In a large bowl, whip together the dressing ingredients. Then add all remaining ingredients except the avocado and toss to coat. Cover and chill 4-24 hours. Add the avocado right before serving. !
Another great option (and a Texas staple to most cookout’s) are baked beans. It’s not only quick and easy, but full of flavor thanks to our great subtly spicy FoodTRK ¡Oh So Picoso! Chipotle Ketchup. Beans also provide a lot of protein and vitamins so again, you can totally rationalize having a huge hotdog (or two).
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 (15-ounce) cans of baked beans
3/4 cup FoodTRK ¡Oh So Picoso! Chipotle Ketchup
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup onion, chopped
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine all ingredients in a 3 quart ovenproof casserole dish. Stir well and place the dish in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly thickened. Serve hot (shout out to crockpots).
Fool all your friends into thinking you spent all day making this delicious snack when it actually only takes a few minutes! And what’s better than a huge wheel of cheese? Nothing. Nothing is better. All you have to do is grab a bottle of Fischer & Wieser’s The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and pour it over a big wheel of brie. Have some sliced baguette’s or crackers on the side and boom, you’ve got the world’s easiest (and most delicious) snack! Also try it with Fischer & Wieser’s Cherry Balsamic Preserves or Fischer & Wieser’s Pomegranate and Mango Chipotle Sauce!!
Kabobs are the essential game day food. There’s something about meat on a stick that reminds me of football. Make your meat-sticks extraordinary with Fischer & Wieser’s Papaya Lime Serrano Sauce and Fischer & Wieser’s Mango Ginger Habanero Sauce!
2-3 medium yellow squash, sliced
1 medium onion, divided into petals
1 green bell pepper, cut into small squares
1 red bell pepper, cut into small squares
6-8 mushrooms, rinsed and sliced
1 link beef or pork sausage, sliced
1 lbs. medium shrimp, deveined
1.5 cups Fischer & Wieser’s Papaya Lime Serrano Sauce
1.5 cups Fischer & Wieser’s Mango Ginger Habanero Sauce
Skewers (if wooden, soak 3-4 hours before threading).
Prepare squash, onion, bell pepper, red bell pepper, mushrooms, sausage, and shrimp as indicated; marinate shrimp in Papaya Lime Serrano Sauce for about 15 minutes. Thread all ingredients, alternating as desired, onto skewers. Heat grill until coals are grey; place threaded skewers over fire; brush with Mango Ginger Habanero Sauce. Cook until shrimp loses its pink color, and sausage sizzles, approximately 10 minutes. Hand skewers to your friends but keep most for your self because they will be delicious! Some other noteworthy sauces for hamburgers and hot dogs that I love to use include Fischer& Wieser’s Brat Haus Beer Mustard, Mesquite Horseradish Mustard, Sriracha Honey BBQ Sauce, or Savory Fig and Onion Spread.
I hope you enjoy these delicious recipes at your next tailgating party!
Monique Sandhu is a private chef and food blogger in Austin. She specializes in meal prepping for clients – she makes sure to not sacrifice taste for nutrition. She also caters for events and plans occasional pop-up dinners around town. You can see her work at www.atxeatsandtreats.com. If she’s not eating or cooking, she’s playing with her dog Obadiah.
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