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When it comes to hosting a home-gate with pizza, don’t forget the sides and a great dipping sauce for your crusts! I’ve got you covered with roasted Brussels and a jalapeno aioli.
I cannot believe I moved back to Columbus 9 months ago already. Beyond the nostalgia, one of the many benefits of doing research at my alma mater is football tickets = heck yea!! As staff I have the opportunity to buy season tickets and you better believe I pounced on that. As an alum I was only able to secure tickets to one game a year, which at the time was all I could attend anyway while living in Memphis. But now that I’m back it’s time to tailgate!
While I love tailgating at the game, surrounded by all levels of fandom, I also enjoy home-gating because I can actually see where the ball is (hello bad eye sight) without the cramped seating and obnoxious traffic – not to mention the parking situation. But most importantly is the food. I adore the grilled sensations served at tailgates, but sometimes it’s just easier to cook at home, grilled or not. As such, I sometimes host tailgates at my place instead.
The advantage of tailgate food is that it’s simple enough to grill outside your car while still being delicious enough to please everyone. Pizza, burgers, brats, and wings are some of the more popular items that come to mind when I am planning a tailgating menu, and while I do love making homemade pizza (as made evident by my recipe index), sometimes there just isn’t enough time to prepare it along with everything else I have planned. So when I was shopping at Walmart I picked up a Red Baron® Brick Oven Pepperoni Pizza and even a Edwards® Reese’s cream pie. Cause you know, that whole peanut butter and chocolate thing.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Red Baron pizzas. Along with their classic toppings they have four different crusts, perfect for thick to thin lovers. And speaking of those crunchy crust pieces – you’re gonna want to dip those in something. So naturally I made you a jalapeno aioli to do just that. Arn’t I thoughtful!?
Of course I didn’t stop there because a home-gate needs more than just pizza and some dipping sauce, no matter how outrageously awesome it is, but also roasted some Brussels sprouts which make for a perfect side dish to the pizza and also happen to love taking a dip in the same jalapeno aioli. The best part? The pizza can cook in the oven at the same time as the Brussels. I’m just looking out for ya ;-).
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One year ago: BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cornmeal Crust
Three years ago: Buckeye Cheesecake
Four years ago: Rustic Sourdough Bread
ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH JALAPENO AIOLI
16 oz. Brussels sprouts, bottoms cut off and halved
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh minced cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
Lime juice, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Put Brussels into a bowl and toss in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and spread out on cookie sheet.
- Roast for about 35 minutes. They should begin to turn brown.
- Meanwhile, prepare the aioli. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use.
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