We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, holidays, you name it. As someone who loves to entertain, I find any reason to get my friends together for fun and fellowship.
Itching to entertain, I decided that Halloween was too far to wait and opted to take matters into my own hands. Since there were no birthdays approaching and the sight of nuptials weren’t any closer, I looked for a reason to gather some friends together.
Sunday, September 14, I gathered the group for an evening of judgmental stares and vicious comments…I mean, great food and wholesome togetherness.
The annual pageant and scholarship program is surrounded by pomp and circumstance, so why not capitalize on it and throw a party as you watch and wager. Although things did not turn out quite as we would have hoped, Alabama’s own, Caitlin Brunell, represented the Heart of Dixie with poise and grace…and not a plastic cup in sight!
In spite of the results, party goers had a fun filled night accented by great food. So as you consider planning your next gathering, regardless the purpose, check out these tasty treats that were a smash hit at the Miss America Extravaganza.
A great way to keep things connected is to create fun names for the dishes or sides you are serving.
These sliders are so simple to create, but will truly take home the crown with intense layers of flavor. The only item that is hand made is the cole slaw! Here’s the break down:
King’s Hawaiian Rolls,
Jack Daniel’s Ready to Eat Pulled Pork,
Cole Slaw (recipe below), and
Wickles Pickles (which happen to be made right here in Alabama)
The warmth of the pulled pork, coupled with the cool crunch of the slaw was heaven in a mouthful!
You can’t have bar-b-que without chips and these will not disappoint, unlike the talent portion of the competition Sunday night.
Easy is the name of the game with these homemade chips. Using a mandolin, slice sweet potatoes in uniform pieces. After frying them to a crispy texture, sprinkle with salt and fresh Parmesan cheese. Your guests will love them…assuming you don’t “sample” too many while you make them.
For the final side item, I chose to go with a warm dip that turned out to be a smash hit! The guests literally licked the platter clean.
As you may suspect, this recipe is also super simple. A little chopping, a quick sautee, throw it in the oven, and you are done!
Last, but not least, is a tasty treat to satisfy your sweet tooth!
These cookie dough truffles are amazing! I suggest you make them right now!
So whether you’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of your parents, or holding a viewing party for the season premiere of your favorite show, have fun with your food and entertain your guests with ease. Plan a party for any purpose and try these awesome recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers! Be a party animal this fall as you continue to stay stylish!