Couchgating and the Best Roasted Salsa Recipe

Along with Autumn comes football and along with football comes food, games and fun!  This week, I am partnering up with my friends at Wayfair, to bring you the best of tailgating at home, otherwise known as Couchgating!

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As a family, we have gone all out for football parties and sometimes we only go so far as to open up a bag of chips.  When you do want to go all out, it’s important to have the right tools at hand, to make your day as fun as it is easy.

This was our set up last year.

Couchgating and the Best Roasted Salsa Recipe

As you know I am usually not for buying entertaining items that are specific to an event, that way you can use them year-round.  When you look at the picture above, the only thing overtly “football” about the food table, was my sons toy football.  Somehow it still looks like a game day spread because of the colors I chose and one small accent.

Below are some of my favorite picks from Wayfair for a successful couchgating party!  All of these items are versatile for all kids of entertaining.

  1.  Frozen drink machine – Granted, I don’t actually own one, but I want one.  If you have more than a few people over, I’m sure it would avoid making individual drinks with the blender.
  2. Serving platter set – I found a couple of cute football shaped platters but in the end, I always choose the ever-versatile white platter.
  3. The couch – I know this is pretty obvious, but it’s crucial for being able to sit around for hours, and if you are like us, we all end up lying around the couch.  That’s one of the perks of having a huge couch.  On another note, although my couch is big, we are not super happy with how comfortable it is, so we end up using a bunch of pillows to add support.  Don’t be afraid to buy a couch from a trusted website, where you can also read reviews.  I purchased mine at a store and I’m sure that had I seen reviews, I would’ve chosen differently.
  4. The grill –  This simple round grill is still my favorite.
  5. Serving cart – Another one that I don’t own but have wanted for years.  Geez, I wish my husband read my blog!  So many gift ideas!  Actually, maybe that’s why he doesn’t. :-) )  A serving cart can bring the party to you.  It’s great if you are moving the party outside, or if you want to bring a few of the items from the big table, closer to you.
  6. Grilling tools and utensils –  I know that there are some awesome grilling sets available, but there is no tool that I prefer over a good ol’ pair of tongs.  That goes for indoor cooking as well, just a shorter length.

 

frozen-drink-machine                       serving-platter-set

Frozen Drink Machine                       platter-set

 

awesome-couch        awesome-grill

couch-wayfair    Grill

 

Serving Cart         grill-utensils-tools

Bar cart           Grilling tongs

 

One more thing!  I wanted to share with you my roasted salsa recipe which is perfect for your couchgating party.  Perfect for anything, really.  It’s my favorite and I have tried so many salsa recipes!

Couchgating and the Best Roasted Salsa Recipe

Roasted Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:

20 tomatoes (Roma tomatoes)

7 jalapeños

2 onions

7 garlic cloves

1 large bunch of cilantro

1-2 tablespoons of salt (depending on the size of tomatoes)

 

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 375.

Cut up the tomatoes and onions into large chunks and spread onto a baking sheet pan.  Remove the caps off the jalapeños, then cut the jalapeños lengthwise, and remove the stem and some of the seeds (read tip below).  Add the 7 whole cloves of garlic.  Toss everything onto 2 sheet pans.

Heat tip: In order to keep the heat off your hands, you may want to wear gloves when cutting up the jalapeños.  For really hot salsa, do not remove the seeds of the jalapeños.  For medium-hot salsa remove the seeds from half of the jalapeños.  For medium salsa, remove all the seeds from the jalapeños.  For mild salsa, hold the jalapeños under running water and remove the seeds and inside membrane of the jalapeño.   

Couchgating and the Best Roasted Salsa Recipe

 

Place the trays in the oven and roast for about an hour.  Check the trays after 45 minutes, so that the roasted tomato mixture does not burn.  You should see a bit of char on the edges of the onions or tomatoes, but nothing should look like it’s burning.

Remove the trays from the oven and allow to cool slightly.  When you can handle the contents, place them in a bowl and take them over to your food processor.  I suggest you do the following in 2 or 3 batches to avoid over filling the processor.

Place a good amount of the roasted tomato, onion, jalapeno and garlic mix into the processor, I then add a small bunch of cilantro and a bit of the salt.  Process until desired consistency and then add to a large bowl or container.  Continue to do this in batches until you have used all the roasted mixture and the cilantro bunch (and the salt to taste).

Couchgating and the Best Roasted Salsa Recipe

This makes about 4-5 large jars depending on the size of the tomatoes you use and the jars, of course.  I like to use a canning funnel for this because it makes pouring easier.  The salsa will still be somewhat hot at this point so be careful.

Nothing left to do but, enjoy!

Couchgating and the Best Roasted Salsa Recipe

I hope your team wins!  Either way, enjoy your couchgating day!

Game Day Fun

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Game Day Fun

We usually celebrate Game Day at our house because it is an excuse to get together, but also because it’s very close to my husband’s birthday.  Sometimes it’s more of a birthday celebration than game day, but this year it will be all about the football.  We are actually not even big football fans, but that day we watch the game with such emotion that you would totally think that we bleed the colors of the team we are rooting for.  It’s really a fun time and a great event to share with family and friends.  Also, it’s so casual and most of the time we are laughing, laying on the couch, munching on snacks – and that’s pretty awesome.

This year I am setting up this tablescape which will be right in front of our dining room.  However, this won’t be holding all the food.  I will set up this table and keep replenishing it throughout the day, but items like the chili and the meatballs, I will keep warm on the stove since this day is all about food grazing.

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The only item that I am making from scratch is my Game Day Chili.  It is such an easy recipe and it gets better as it sits, so it’s perfect for Game Day.

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Game Day Chili

2 lbs. of ground beef

2 tablespoons of canola oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic

1 can of diced fire roasted tomatoes

8 oz can of tomato sauce

2 tablespoons of chili powder

2 15-oz cans of kidney beans

Salt and pepper to taste

Cilantro as a topping

 TOSTITOS® Chips for dipping

 

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1 – Heat the canola oil in a dutch oven (or stock pot) and throw in the onions until they are translucent.

2 – Add the garlic and the ground beef and cook through and slightly browned.

3 – Remove excess fat from pot if necessary.

4 – Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, except for the beans.

5 – Stir, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

6 – Add the beans, cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Serve with toppings on the side – cilantro, sour cream and shredded cheese.

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Serve with chips…

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or in a bowl with toppings…yum!

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Of course I am also serving some yummy snacks that won’t last long on this table.  The rest I will keep in a warm oven, so that it lasts all afternoon.

Today, I am serving some delicious chicken wings.  Football and chicken wings are a no-brainer.  I am also serving TOSTITOS® chips and salsa.  No-brainer #2.  These are everyone’s favorites on game day.

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Also, I placed some skewers of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella inside a deep dish full of peas.  I also accented the dish with some faux grass as a nod to the game field.

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Mozzarella sticks are my boys’ favorite and they are center field!  On the side, I wrote out the word GAME using Skittles® and I know my boys will love that.

I will have a variety of drinks available, including small bottled waters and Pepsi™ cans so that everyone can pick their favorites.

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I made meatballs the night before and they are one of those food items that heat up great the next day.  Meatballs are another favorite at the buffet table!

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A big bowl of popcorn anchors the other side of the table and for those wanting something sweet, after eating that spicy chili, there are cupcakes, brownies and SNICKERS® chocolates scattered on the table!

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I encourage you to take any excuse that you can to bring your family together and make memories.  I hope this gave you some good ideas to kick-off the fun this weekend!

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