Tailgating for Two
I wanted to share this fun little idea of Tailgating for Two, since this year tailgating may look a little different than it has in the past few years.
Since this year we are looking at the new normal in many ways, I thought I would share our fun little ideas for some intimate patio tailgating for two. Utilizing our custom made tailgate truck bench, which is the perfect little sitting area to chill for enjoying a little outdoor time as the weather begins to cool off .
Now that we have added these super thick cushions to the wood base, the bench is much more cozy than it had previously been. We now have the ability to stretch out and relax in front of the television for game day. You may remember for the $100 Room Challenge Covered Patio Reveal last fall, we also installed some overhead string lighting and an outdoor fan to keep the space nice and cool.So, for game day we decided to do a few flatbread pizzas; which we decided to smoke on the Big Green Egg outside, which were delicious by the way. My tip is to go ahead and pre-assemble them on a cooking sheet of foil to make transferring to the grill easier, or if you just want to cook them in the oven you can for the same 10 minute time on 450 degrees. You just will lose the smoky char quality that comes from the Big Green Egg, but it is still tasty either way.
White Truffled Arugula Flatbread
- 2 Nan Flatbread (garlic flavored)
- 2 tbsp White Truffle Oil divide per flatbread
- 8 oz Cremini Mushrooms Sliced, Pre cooked- sauteed in 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 Shallot diced cooked in mushrooms
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning added to Mushrooms while cooking
- 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan
- 1 cup Italian Cheese Blend
- 2 oz Arugula
- 1 Lemon zested and juiced tossed into Arugula with salt and pepper
Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced mushrooms, shallot, and Italian Seasoning. Saute, stirring, until browned and softened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Place flatbreads on grill safe baking sheet of aluminum foil Drizzle with Truffle oil, top with parmesan cheese and mushroom mixture.
Top with arugula and Italian Cheese Mixture.
Place on Big Green Egg for 5-10 Minutes watching closely to prevent burning.
I served it up on my vintage artisanal pizza boards, used for a brick oven, which has not exactly gotten built yet, but soon we will get there one day. For now it is a fun way to serve up the smoky grilled version of this flatbread.
What else got paired into the picnic basket as tailgating snacks? You may be sensing a theme, an Italian theme that is. I also whipped up a couple of Procuitto and Fig Sandies with a side of fresh from the garden Caprese pasta salad. The fresh Caprese Pasta salad is a nice light cold salad that has no mayo, so it keeps well in the Georgia heat while showcasing those fresh grown tomatoes from the garden. If you missed my post on: What To Do with Your Plethora of Tomatoes, you should check it out. Not only can you find my fresh caprese salad seen below, but my tomato pie, tomato basil soup and homemade spaghetti sauce. It is the perfect way to preserve those tomatoes right now. For the Prosciutto and Fig Sandies, I used some fresh Ciabatta rolls, and layered the remaining Arugula mix from our pizza recipe above, along with fresh sliced deli Gouda, thin sliced Prosciutto, which happens to be Ron’s Favorite and a heaping layer of fig jam. The combination is delicious! We picked up the easy little recipe from a restaurant named Fig while traveling in Asheville several years back and made it a staple ever since. It is so simple but looks really impressive when you make it and the fig jam, which adds a complex flavor along with the Gouda cheese.
Another fun little Tailgating Trick I love to do is Jack & Coke Gummy Shooters. I actually showed this recipe and technique in my Easy Tailgating Recipes for Game Day post. This is also a favorite around here, which is Gummy Cola Bottles and Jack Daniels, pre-soaked for 24 hours in the refrigerator, then put into individual shot glasses. It is kind of like a dessert and drink all in one, but be careful they can quickly sneak up on you.
Finally, I just want to remind you about the cute little DIY on how to create your own fabric team pennants. Since this year is so different, I know a lot of parents are looking for crafts and DIY’s to keep the little ones busy and these are a fun cost effect way to do just that on the morning of the televised game. Maybe you can set up an outdoor DIY craft table to make a few of your own for your cheering section at home, you can get the Free Downloadable Patterns here and see the DIY. PIN ME for later and be sure to follow us on Pinterest at Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS