When Foodbuzz announced partnering with Hormel and pitched the idea for some of us to come up with recipes, I was all for it and said heck yeah. I immediately thought of pigskin tailgating and of friends sharing food. As we near the fourth quarter of this season, the feudal fury of college football makes everyone hungry on game-day. Hormel and football go, well, to fumble a cliché, hand in mouth.
Many thanks to Hormel and the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. I enjoyed coming up with these recipes and I think everyone who shared the fine Hormel foods enjoyed them as well. Hope you will play on this team.
|Olive & Pepperoni Tapenade|
|Ham & Black Eyed Pea Salad Pita|
|Ham & Cheese Ball Appetizers|
|BBQ Tenderloin for Sandwiches|
|Cajun Biscuits with Green Onion Mayonnaise|
|Toasted Bacon Crusted Figs|
Now for the playbook:
Olive & Pepperoni Tapenade
Based on Mediterranean style tapenade with a flavoring from pepperoni and the sweetness of ripe olives with mild bell pepper. Served on bite-size cheese toast for an exceptional taste.
2 ounces Hormel® Turkey Pepperoni
1 cup sliced ripe black olives
1/4 cup sliced Spanish green olives
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons capers
2 to 3 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Couple of good shakes red pepper or to taste
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
thin bread cut into bite-size rounds
Thin slices of Edam or Gouda cheese
Drain olives. Place pepperoni in the bowl of a food processor with metal blade and pulse coarse. Add olives, garlic, capers, basil, parsley, red pepper and lemon juice. Pulse to mix and add the oil processing to combine, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture becomes a chunky paste. Transfer to a bowl.
Place a thin slice of cheese over thin toast rounds and run under a broiler to toast the cheese. Top with a spread of the tapenade when serving.
Also: Serve the tapenade in a bowl with crackers, toast points, pita chips or even crudités.
Ham & Black-Eyed Pea Salads in Pitas
Serving fine ham and black-eyed peas together is a southern institution. This is my twist on marinated Black-eyed pea salad combined with a creamy ham salad - perfect for pita filling. Makes about 3 cups of each salad.
1 -14.5 oz can black-eyed peas, rinsed & drained well
1 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely minced red onion
1 jalapeño, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups Hormel® Cure 81® Boneless Ham, 1 inch cubed
1 tablespoon Creole grain mustard
1/4 cup pickle salad cubes, drained
Cayenne to taste
2 hard-boiled eggs, diced
1/3 cup mayonnaise
lettuce, tomato and pita bread
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Combine the the next 4 listings in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute on high. Mix the vinegar mixture with the peas, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
In a food processor with metal blade, add ham and pulse to chop in a spreadable consistency. Spoon ham into a bowl and fold in the mustard, pickles, cayenne, eggs and mayonnaise. Set aside.
Drain liquid from peas, remove bay leaf and set aside.
Cut each pita in quarters and stuff a good tablespoon of the ham salad along with a spoonful of the black-eyed pea salad into each serving; add a layer of lettuce and tomato if desired. Plate and serve immediately.
Ham & Cheese Ball Baked Appetizers
An all-time classic for any party but with the added great flavor of cured ham and the sweetness of roasted onions. Makes about 6 dozen or enough for a dozen football fans
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/3 cup finely minced sweet onions
1 1/2 cup AP flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Hormel® Cure 81® Boneless Ham, finely diced
1 (12-ounce) package Little Sizzlers® Tabasco Pork Sausage Hot or bulk hot sausage
12 oz extra sharp cheese, grated
In a small sauté pan, melt butter and cook the onions slowly to brown. Let cool completely.
Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the onions, ham and cheese to coat. Add the sausage and work with your hands incorporating mixture together to a somewhat dry mixture.
Spray 2 baking pans with cooking spray and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Roll about a tablespoon of mixture in your hands, place 1-inch apart on baking pan and continue shaping balls. Place one pan in center of oven and bake for 8 minutes. Use a spatula to turn balls over and continue baking another 7 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove to paper towels to absorb excess oil. Continue baking the next pan.
Serve with grain mustard, red pepper jelly or a barbecue sauce.
Note: These freeze well, just roll them out and freeze uncooked on a pan. Defrost about 15 minutes before baking as above.
Roasted BBQ Pork Finger Sandwiches
Serve about 15 guests with these easy petite sandwiches featuring succulent slices of spicy-sweet pork that makes southern style BBQ so wonderful. What ever you do, don't leave out the tangy sweet heat from these pickles. A true BBQ classic.
Couldn't cook for my friends without a little Creole or Cajun influence. This simple party appetizer takes the classic elements of varying southern tastes far beyond good hospitality. Serves about 18 guests
1 -24 oz Hormel® Always Tender® Onion Garlic Flavored Pork Roast
recipe for Cajun Mayonnaise
Creole or Roma tomatoes
Tea Biscuits (Bite size frozen biscuits)
Bake biscuits according to package directions. Slice each in half, spread a thin layer of Cajun mayonnaise on each half, add 2 or 3 slices of pork to bottom half and a 1/4-inch slice of tomato to the top. Run tops under the broiler to melt the tomato just a bit. Add a thin layer of the mayonnaise on top of the tomato before assembling. Serve immediately.
Toasted Bacon Crusted Figs
1 - packages dried whole brown figs
4 oz goat cheese
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
1 cup Hormel® packaged Real Crumbled Bacon
In a small bowl, mix the goat cheese with the pecans and pepper. Slice the figs in half and using your finger, press onto a baking sheet making an indention in each piece. Stuff about 1/2-teaspoon cheese mixture into each one. Dip cheese topping into honey and press fig in crumbled bacon. Place on baking sheet bacon side up.