Friday, September 30, 2011

Let Tony Chachere Put Some Hotty in your Tailgate Experience

     When you think of fall- what sounds come to mind? I imagine myself walking down a sidewalk and enjoying the crinkling and crunching sounds of leaves beneath my feet. Footsteps are more audible now from further distance with boots and heels coming back into our wardrobe for the chillier days. The cheers and uproar of laughter echo all over on a college football game day. All of this happens for me in The Grove at Ole Miss; which has been voted the top tailgate location in all of college football. 

Game Day at Ole Miss

      Nothing makes a day of tailgating better than a good recipe to share with friends. This year I turn to my favorite cookbook, Square Table, as it’s part of the Tony Chachere Tailgate Recipe Challenge. With all the hype in tailgating, I’ve been trying to find ways to incorporate Tony Chachere seasoning into recipes. Specifically recipes that are easy to duplicate, but still are delicious and appreciated for more than just something you can only eat at breakfast while tailgating. I found my ideal recipe called “Bacon Tomato Cups” in Square Table Cookbook.
     “Bacon Tomato Cups” is an easy, adaptable recipe that I recommend keeping on hand for any tailgate or party occasion. Proportions stay the same, but this recipe allows room for interpretation. I highly suggest adding some Tony Chachere to give it that extra little kick of “woo” for those early morning grove experiences.  This recipe along with many other tempting southern dishes is in Square Table.  The cookbook is featured as part of the Tony Chachere’s Tailgate Challenge which invites football fans to vote for their favorite tailgate recipe. After you receive the compliments for making “Bacon Tomato Cups” at your tailgate party, I hope you will make sure Ole Miss keeps their tailgating legacy by voting for the Square Table recipe in the contest. Please vote for Ole Miss and Square Table’s recipe at

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Bacon Tomato Cups

1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
½ cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
½ small onion, chopped
1 10-ounce can refrigerated flaky, layered biscuits

Optional add-in: ½ teaspoon Tony Chachere

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, stir together the tomatoes, mayonnaise, cheese, basil, bacon onion, and ½ teaspoon Tony Chachere’s seasoning. Separate each biscuit into 3 layers. Press each layer into a lightly greased miniature muffin tin and fill with tomato mixture. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 24 servings

*Permission to use the Bacon Tomato Cups recipe granted by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. Square Table Cookbook is a community cookbook and a fundraiser for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and can be ordered on their website