Sausage Balls

While gearing up for the big Super Bowl game, I reached out to my Grandma for the sausage balls recipe that we enjoyed devoured on Christmas Eve.  The guys barely got to eat any after they came back from golf – we almost polished them all off.  These are great to make ahead of time and just pop in the oven when you’re ready, or bake them the day before and just warm up before the game!

Sausage Balls

Ingredients:
  • 1 C baked sweet potato, mashed
  • 1 lb sausage, uncooked
  • 12 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ~2 C Bisquick

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Combine sweet potato, cheese and sausage.  Add ~2 cups of Bisquick, slowly working it in by the half cup until the mixture adheres together well.

Shape into 1 inch balls, place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. 14.5 minutes was the right time for my oven.

They even freeze well – baked, or unbaked.  Wrap them in foil, place in a baggie and use when ready!sausage-balls

Edits : Rollene doesn’t use the whole 2 cups of Bisquick, so really add that part slowly while mixing the sausage mixture well.  Also she uses a piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet!

Results : These were just as good as I remembered and we finished them just as quickly as in Georgia.  Since the Falcons won the NFC championship when we ate them in Charleston, looks like I’ll be making another batch for Super Bowl Sunday!  Oh, and did I mention the sweet potato makes you feel healthier?  Perfect for no guilt football snacking 🙂

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Football Painted Jars

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone!  Hunter is pretty excited because the Panthers are playing in it (he’s had quite the year for his football teams, right??) and I’ve decided that I would like the Panthers to win as well… because the Falcons already beat them, ha.  Okay so in the spirit of the Super Bowl, I wanted to share an easy last minute football craft for anyone hosting a party, and realized I never shared the football jars I did last year!

Football Painted Jars

What you’ll need:

  • Jars
  • Brown & white acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

Yup, just three things you probably have around the house, and about 30 minutes and you’re good to go.  I even knocked out 2 birds with one stone, and used the leftover cans and jars from the sweet corn salsa I made for the same party.

Wash out and dry your cans, then paint the outside in brown paint. I found that 2 coats were just the right amount needed to cover any blatant brush strokes.  Once the brown paint is dry, paint on the laces with white paint.  Told you it was easy..

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I originally made these for our house warming party last year, and they have basically come out any other time people have come over, and football was on (aka from September to January).  They hold utensils, and straws and add just a little bit of fun to the food table.

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Happy football, commercial, and halftime show watching!

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Healthy Chocolate Muffins

Back in the club volleyball days one of our coaches only allowed healthy food for snacks on our team table, but teenage girls love their chocolate and Mrs. Cheatham found the perfect solution: Weight Watchers Chocolate Muffins, aka Magic Muffins.  These tasted so great that our team would demolish them, but our coach was fine with the chocolate consumption  since it was healthy — a true win, win situation!  Pegs got the recipe and passed it along to me when I was craving them in college, and now I’ve made them for a tailgate.

Healthy Chocolate Muffins

muffins2Ingredients:

  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 box Devil’s food cake mix
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 egg

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin pan with paper baking cups or use non-stick cooking spray.  Mix the pumpkin and water well, then add in the cake mix and egg and stir until it’s smooth and well blended.  Spoon the batter into the muffin tin and bake for 18 minutes for mini muffins or ~25 minutes for regular muffins.

Edits: These will make ~36 mini muffins (my bite-size favorite) or 12 regular sized muffins.  According to some sources online, you can also make cookies with the batter: bake 9-12 minutes @350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet.  I personally prefer the muffins, but might try the cookies one day.  And if you’re feeling crazy, add in semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Results: Turns out I still love these!  They will definitely curb your chocolate craving, without making you feel bad afterwards.  I made them the night before we left for Greenville, they were out at the tailgate Saturday morning and gone by the time we went into the game: Success!

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Sassy Tailgate Sandwiches

In honor of the NFL kicking off tonight (and Dad’s birthday), here’s another tailgating recipe. These were a hit from the housewarming party (I think there were 3 varieties there), they’re easy to make, and they’re quite delicious, so I wanted to share the recipe!

The first time I had them was actually at a Clemson tailgate, when Lindsey made them.  I knew they were somewhat common during football season, and googling “tailgate sandwiches” provided the results I was looking for.  One website included “sassy” in the name, so I decided to keep that trend going..

Sassy Tailgate Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • tailgate sammies

    24 small Hawaiian sweet rolls (2 large packages), cut in half crosswise

  • 1 lb ham (we got black forest)
  • 1/2 lb provolone cheese
  • 1 8-oz. container spreadable cream cheese
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 T yellow mustard
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 T dried minced onions
  • 1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • Poppy seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Cut the Hawaiian rolls in half, crosswise, so there’s a top and a bottom.  Line the bottom of the dish with the bottom halves of the rolls.  My 9×13 pan held about 18, so I got a smaller pan and put the other 6 bottoms in there — I wanted to cook all of them.

Top the rolls with ham and then provolone cheese.  I folded the ham instead of just laying it flat so it looked prettier and gave each sandwich more meat.  Spread the cream cheese on the bottom of each top of the roll.  I didn’t end up using the whole package, but probably half of it.  Put the tops on top of the provolone cheese layer, in the same formation as the bottoms.

In a medium bowl, combine the butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onions and Parmesan cheese. Mix well and spoon evenly over tops of the sandwiches. Again, I didn’t use all of the mixture.  I basically spooned some on each roll’s top, and made sure it was spread evenly, without being excessive.

Then just sprinkle some poppy seeds over the top, to your liking.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the sandwiches are warmed through and the cheese is melting. Cut at the seams and serve warm!

Results: These were seriously super fast to make (like in 10  minutes before people came over), delicious and great to eat later.  I’m sure I’ll be making these several more times for future football games..

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House Warming Party / College Football Kickoff!

First of all, thank you to everyone who came out this past weekend to see the new house and celebrate the kickoff to football season!  And a shout out to my friends that brought some appetizers and drinks to feed the masses — Y’all are the best.

As many of you know, we take college football pretty seriously here in the South.  Hunter and I do our best to watch the Georgia Tech, Clemson and USC games each week and share a hatred for UGA… so when we were choosing a date for the party, the Clemson / UGA game seemed like a natural choice.

Although I bought purple napkins and plates (I think orange is kinda ugly), I did make a banner to hang under the mantle — and it can be used several times during the college football season.

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I also had fun putting other football touches around the house.  An easy idea is to paint some cans like footballs to hold silverware and straws.  I even brought out the burlap wreath and hung it on the door to the garage.  We also picked up some orange and purple flowers from Publix that I attempted to arrange and put around the house.

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I mentioned that my friends are awesome and they are — We had so much good food.  I continually “grazed” throughout the night, snacking on whatever was closest.  The spread included a Chickfila nugget tray (duh), corn salsa, sausage dip, corn muffin dogs, Funfetti dip, bacon wrapped – pimento cheese stuffed jalapeños, cookies, proscuitto wrapped melon, tailgate sandwiches and more.  Needless to say, there was something there for everyone.  You can check out other tailgating food ideas from ze blog here!

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Even though Clemson lost, I believe a fun time was had by all!  Thanks again to everyone who came and made the night so special!

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Happy College Football Kickoff!

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