The Tailgate… with Andrea

We’re welcoming the NFL season by bringing back our weekly food post. This week, I’m going to kick things off by showing you how to make a Cheezy Football and a pitcher of Sparklers.  Let’s start with the Sparklers, so that you can drink while you make your Cheezy Football.

Mmm, champagne.

Mmm, champagne.

You will need a bottle of champagne (use regular champagne, not pink or sparkling wine, because the drink is already sweet enough as it is), a bottle of Malibu Rum, and a cannister of pineapple juice.  Make sure all of it is chilled when you make the drink so that you can serve right away.

The bubbles are in the pitcher itself...

The bubbles are in the pitcher itself...

Fill your pitcher with the champagne, letting the foam go down.

Pink Elephants are the best decoration for barware.

Pink Elephants are the best decoration for barware.

Add 8 shots of Malibu Rum.  I normally make this recipe with regular Malibu, but I saw Mango Malibu in the store and tried it.  It was just as good this way.  Also, that pink elephant glass is two shots, so I put 4 in the pitcher.  Either way, it’s about half a bottle of Malibu.

This should use up about half your can of pineapple juice.

This should use up about half your can of pineapple juice.

Fill with pineapple juice, stir and serve.  If you don’t serve the entire pitcher right away, put it in the fridge, but don’t forget to stir it every time you pour a glass because the pineapple juice will separate a little.  Also, you should have about half a bottle of Malibu and half a can of pineapple juice left over.  You can mix those into a drink too, they just aren’t fizzy like the Sparkler.  Also, if the drink is too strong, 7-Up or Sprite can be substituted for the champagne.  Same effect, less alcohol.  Though why you’d want less alcohol is beyond me.

Now you have a drink while you make the Cheezy Football!

Mmmm, pale ale.

Mmmm, pale ale.

You will need two packages of fat free cream cheese (the dip is full of cheese, so use fat free cream cheese), an 8 oz package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a 6 oz package of shredded parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, a jar of pimentos, a jar of bacon bits, green onions (they got left out of the picture on accident), garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and crackers to eat the dip.  The beer was just for me, since I hadn’t made the Sparklers yet.

Were gonna need a bigger bowl...

We're gonna need a bigger bowl...

In a mixing bowl, combine both packages of cream cheese, the cheddar and parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup chopped green onions, and a 1/2 tsp of black pepper.  I like to slice the onions with a knife, then chop them with this handy little curved-blade device.

Our neighbors gave us this for pet-sitting.  We use it ALL the time.

Our neighbors gave us this for pet-sitting. We use it ALL the time.

Mix until well-blended with your hand mixer.  At this point, you will season to taste.  What I like to do is add a teaspoon of garlic powder (it’s garlic salt in the picture, but that made the dip too salty, so I would use garlic powder) and also add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.  That makes the dip decently spicy, though, so you might want to start with 1/2 a teaspoon, mix that in, and then taste it.  At this point, it’s all about personal preference.

Its going to look pretty mushy, but thats why we refrigerate it.

It's going to look pretty mushy, but that's why we refrigerate it.

Once that is thoroughly mixed, cover the bowl with saran wrap and refrigerate over night.  (If you’re really crunched for time, 2-3 hours should suffice, but I let mine sit over night).

Be sure to scrape all the dip together before you dump it on the tray.

Be sure to scrape all the dip together before you dump it on the tray.

The next day, use a spatula to scrape the dip into a ball and dump it onto your serving platter.  Wash your hands, then use them to form it into a football shape.

Make sure you have washed your hands.  Dont be gross.

Make sure you have washed your hands. Don't be gross.

Cover the dip football with bacon bits (see how it looks like a football?)

Eat a handful of bacon bits.  You know you want to.

Eat a handful of bacon bits. You know you want to.

Then lay the pimentos across the top as laces (LACES OUT!).  I think if you had one of those cake decorating sleeves, you could also do this with a little bit of mayonnaise and it would look better, but I don’t have one of those sleeves, so I stuck with pimentos.

Voila!  Cheezy football!

Voila! Cheezy football!

Add crackers all around the football and serve.  Now, I realize that this is kind of a sad-looking football.  I really think the white laces would help in appearance and the pimentos don’t add to the taste at all.  But the dip is really good, so even if you didn’t want to serve it in football form, you could just put it out in a nice dish and sprinkle bacon bits on top.  Enjoy!

23 thoughts on “The Tailgate… with Andrea

  1. Hooray! This is one of my fav Ladies… features! I will have to try both this weekend.

    Sweet knife. Any idea where they got it? (Seriously, I often end up maiming my finger with the back side of the blade whilst chopping.)

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  3. Can I use something else other than pineapple juice? I actually hate pineapples. Apple juice? Cranberry? Grape?

    And is the Kraft Mayo w/ olive oil good? I’ve been looking to try it out?

  4. If you don’t like pineapple, I’m sure cranberry would work very well. I don’t know how well grape or apple would go with coconut or mango rum. But you could always try mixing just one drink of it and see how it goes.

    I do enjoy the mayo made with olive oil. But there is so little mayo in the recipe that I’m sure you could use regular mayo, olive oil mayo or even miracle whip. I don’t think it would change the taste much.

    Anthony, it’s good shit.

    Thistlewarrior, they brought it back from Canada. The handle actually has “Canada” carved in it. It works TREMENDOUSLY to chop stuff, particularly leafy things like cilantro.

  5. Thanks, Andrea – I just found what I’m taking to my event on Saturday. It can only serve to prove to the rest of the folks there that I am *so* serious about football, I not only live, sleep, and dream it, I cook it too!

    Yeah, I’m prepared for the eye rolls, groans, and jokes. Whatever, girl (the guys hate it when I say that to them).

  6. Thanks! I guess I will have to go on a shopping scavenger hunt for something similar. Or take a road trip to the great white north! :)

    SA-maybe try something like limeade? Lime & coconut go well together. (Oh no, I just turned my comment into a cheesy 70’s song!)

  7. I am soooo glad this is back. I love the tailgate. Extra bonus points for the Ace Ventura reference. Einhorn is Finkle, Finkle is Einhorn!

  8. Yes, I think my sister-in-law (grew up in Alaska) has one of those ulus. I think she was actually considering bringing me back one from her trip home this summer, but she decided the Bear Claw salad tossers would be less alarming to airport security.

  9. I’ve got an ideal replacement for the pimentos – way better than mayo/miracle whip – string cheese!! Just pull it into strips, and “lace up”!

  10. I hate Miracle Whip too, but some people love it and they could use it if they want to. I don’t think it would change the taste of the dip.

    Stephanie, that’s a great idea.

  11. So, uhh, weren’t you supposed to make a snowman out of it too?

    Sounds good, but how could it not be good with those ingredients? yum. I think I’d use real bacon though.

    If you don’t have a piping bag with the tips you can use a ziploc bag and cut a small hole in one of the bottom corners.

  12. Real bacon pieces would be awesome, Doug. But I like the more true-to-a-football color of the bacon bits.

    Good advice on the ziploc bag, I’ll have to try that.

    A cheese snowman would be good for a holiday party. Not for FOOTBALL season. : )

  13. Allow me to say that a football made of processed cheese and porklike crumbles is making me all misty.

    East Carolina visits Tulane this weekend. Someone should bring a cheese football.

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