The Kitchen Prep: Tailgate Thursday: Georgia Edition!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tailgate Thursday: Georgia Edition!

This weekend is going to be an exciting one in Jacksonville. It's the annual Florida-Georgia game, also known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party to those who take part in the insanity fun.

As a college student, I attended Florida-Georgia twice. I can attest to the fact that Jacksonville during that weekend, specifically at The Landing {a large shopping and dining complex that becomes the hub of the event}, is sheer madness.

College students + fans of opposing teams + copious amounts of alcohol + Halloween weekend = One hot mess.

But it's tradition.

And as we know, tradition reigns supreme in the South. {Though I don't think you could pay me to do it again. At least not in the same way that we did back then.}

So, in honor of THE Cocktail Party, I'm featuring the Georgia Bulldogs for today's Tailgate Thursday.

1. Georgia Bulldog Cocktail by Haute Cocktail , 2. Georgia "Caviar",
3. Bourbon-Peach Turnovers, 4. Cherry Keyhold Dress - Twelve Saturdays
The theme for this Georgia menu? Cocktail party, tailgate style!

We certainly can't have a cocktail party without... well, a cocktail! This week, Carla sent over a recipe for a drink she called the Georgia Bulldog Cocktail - a sweet mixture of vanilla vodka, peach schnapps, and Coke. {Which is pretty appropriate since the Coca-Cola headquarters is in Georgia, not to mention the fact that Georgia is famous for its juicy peaches.} I made mine with Sprite because I forgot to by Coke at the store, and it was still fabulous.

A fancy party calls for caviar... in this case, Georgia "Caviar"! Not to worry if fish eggs and football don't sound like a great combo to you -- this "Caviar" is more like a flavorful black eye pea salsa with just the right amount of heat from some diced jalapenos. It's so easy to throw together and is a make ahead so you can spend more time focusing on your cocktail attire {like the pretty dress from Twelve Saturdays, shown above!} than on your cooking.

Lastly, dessert called for the use of some of those fresh Georgia peaches I mentioned earlier. In this case, peaches drowned in a little bourbon and encased in buttery, flaky puff pastry... can you imagine anything better? These dainty little turnovers are simple and classy, just what a cocktail party needs!

This tailgate menu may have been planned with Georgia in mind, but it's definitely not for the Dawgs! For those of you heading to Jacksonville this weekend, have a fantastic time and don't forget to cocktail responsibly. ;)


Georgia Bulldog Cocktail
 created by Carla from Haute-Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
1/2. Peach Schnapps

In a glass with ice pour all ingredients. Stir and enjoy!

Georgia "Caviar"
adapted from Paula Deen

1 15 oz cans black-eyed peas, drained
1/2 cup whole kernel corn {from can or fresh}
1/2 cup Ro-Tel tomatoes
1  cups red bell pepper, chopped
1/4  cup fresh jalapeno, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 to 1/3 cup Italian dressing
2 tablespoons chopped pimentos, drained

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix together. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to marry. Serve with tortilla chips or assorted crackers.

Bourbon-Peach Turnovers
1 sheet of store bought puff pastry {such as Pepperidge Farm}, defrosted
1 large ripe peach {frozen will do if fresh are not in season}, chopped small
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 heaping tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons bourbon
a dash of cinnamon
a pinch of salt

Set oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Unfold puff pastry {it should come in thirds}. Cut along the folds {lengthwise} until you have three separate rectangles. Cut each rectangle in thirds. {You should end up with 9 squares altogether.}

In a smal bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Place about a tablespoon of peach mixture in the center of each square and fold over pastry so that tips meet and a triangle is formed. Using the tines of a fork, seal along the edge of each rectangle. Cut a small vent in the top of each triangle.

Place triangles on a baking sheet and bake for 14-16 minutes, or until puffed and golden.


Sloane@ Life Food and Beer said...

LOVE IT!! Oh you Florida's going down!!

The Kitchen Prep said...

Thanks, Sloane! If you - a Georgia native & a Dawgs fan - approve, then I know I did a good job. ;) And about the game... we'll see about that! Haha!

Sloane Mathis said...

**Oh and Florida is going down! :)

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