Chef Bubba goes tailgating!
The Fabric Maverick dared me to throw a tailgate party. I am pretty busy at the Redneck Cafe, but Chef Bubba cannot refuse a dare from the Fabric Maverick. Dat woman, she is so sassy! Now whether you throw your tailgate party at the stadium or at home, there are safety tips. One of the most important is the one-hour rule. This is not a football rule. If a food requires refrigeration, it should not be left out more than an hour. You do not want the partiers ending up in the ER. It doesn't help your reputation as a host or a cook! Now the chef loves a good beer or glass of wine, but do not drink and drive.
One of my favorite things to fix for any party is chili. You can prepare ahead of time leaving the host plenty of time to socialize or watch the game. For the ladies, I have developed a low calorie chili. I call it "The Big Chicken" chili.
1 1/2 c chopped onion 1 can mild green chilies
3 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tsp. cumin
2 Tb. cornmeal 6 tsp. Tabasco "Chipotle" liquid seasoning
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts 1 tsp. oregano
4 15 oz cans of cannellini beans 3 cups chicken broth
3 tsp. canola oil
. In a separate pot, cook chicken breasts in chicken broth until tender. Allow to cool. Chop chicken into small pieces. Cook onions and garlic in oil until translucent. Combine chicken and the onion-garlic mixture in a large slow cooker. Add broth, stir in 2 tbs. of cornmeal. Mash 1/4 cup of the cannellini beans and add to the mixture. Stir in remaining beans. Add seasonings. Simmer in the slow cooker for 8 to 12 hours. Serve with cheese,sour cream, sliced green onions and a twist of lime (optional). Cornbread is also very good. From our pictures, you can see we had a very good time. The collegiate tablecloth fabric was the perfect touch for our table.
Of course, wherever I go it turns into a competition. All of the lovely ladies showed up with their 'special' chili recipes. If they give me their recipes, I will post them for you. Here is a small sample: