While I know I started off this week talking about detox recipes, it was brought to my attention by my husband that it might be fun to highlight some recipes from each of the states that have teams going to the ACC and SEC Championship Games this weekend. If you are having a party, I hope this gives you some ideas! And maybe you will learn something as I did too, because there are recipes here that I had never heard of before today.
But have no fear, even if you have no plans to watch football this weekend, I still have a great recipe for you 🙂
SEC Championship Party Ideas:
For the Missouri Fans ~
Apparently, a thing exists called gooey butter cake. Judging by the name (gooey plus butter plus cake), how can this be bad? This recipe looks delicious.
Another popular item in Missouri is a fried ravioli affectionately called Missouri Toasted Ravioli. Midwest Living Magazine has a recipe here that you may want to check out.
For the Auburn Fans ~
If you are a barbeque fan, consider making some grilled chicken with this Big Bob Gibson’s Alabama White BBQ Sauce. White bbq sauce is unique to Alabama and if someone named Big Bob came up with the recipe, it is probably good.
Cornbread is always a huge hit and pretty much goes with anything that you might have at a southern tailgate, so you could serve up some cornbread.
Just as an interesting sidenote, I discovered that Alabama has an entire festival devoted to butterbeans, but that didn’t strike me as something that you’d necessarily want to serve to your guests.
ACC Championship Party Ideas:
For the Duke Fans ~
This brunswick stew recipe looks delicious and hearty, perfect for a chilly game day. Be sure to have some Texas Pete Hot Sauce on hand, which is manufactured in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (not Texas!).
This Atlantic Beach Pie is similar to a lemon meringue pie, which is a dessert typically served on the North Carolina coast.
For the Florida State Fans ~
This slow cooker cuban chicken looks easy and can definitely feed a crowd if you have a lot of people coming over.
Or you could just go with a classic key lime pie.
If you are watching both games or don’t really have a team, make cheese straws!
I used this recipe from Food & Wine Magazine and they turned out great. I have two comments to the recipe. First, you might want to refrigerate the dough for 10 to 15 minutes before you roll it out so it doesn’t get too soft. Second, watch your oven carefully. These were done after about 12 minutes.
These homemade cheese straws are perfect to serve to any guests you may be having this weekend, even if you aren’t planning on watching football!
And with that I have to say, go Duke!! (yes, I am fully aware that FSU is favored by 29 points…)