Last Sunday Erik and I hosted friends over to watch the Vikings game. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that Erik is pretty fanatical about his football team. He has season tickets and never misses a game. I love the social aspect of football season; hanging with friends on Sundays and football food. But no so much football itself.
I set up a bloody mary bar with a bunch of add-ins and we had a chili bar with all the fixings. I also served corn bread, pumpkin scones and vanilla pumpkin malts. Stay tuned for the vanilla pumpkin malt recipe (so easy!) on Friday.
The bloody mary bar included a spicy mix, vodka, pickled asparagus, olives, shrimp, cheddar, pickles, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. We lined up mason jars and let guests build their own
I also set up a chili bar with a huge crockpot of chili (recipe below), sour cream, cheddar, onions and pickled jalapenos. We also had corn bread and chips with a spicy sausage queso dip that my friend Libby brought. It was delicious. Erik grilled up a bunch of hot dogs so that people could make chili dogs. The guys especially seemed pretty happy about that. I’ve made quite a few chili recipes in my day. This one is really good. It’s made with 2 bottles of lager beer, which gives it great flavor. I ate this chili for a few days this week and the flavor gets better over time. You can definitely add cayenne or other spices to give the chili more heat. I wanted Juliet to eat it so I kept the cayenne out. She’s had it for dinner the past couple of evenings and likes it!
The corn bread recipe is below. It’s an easy recipe that starts with cornbread muffin mix. Add yogurt, corn, eggs and you are all set. I over-cooked the corn bread a bit so it was a tad dry, but overall very tasty.
Beef chili (recipe via Real Simple)