mmm-yoso!!! is the food blog you are reading. Today, Cathy is writing about what she (and 100 of her closest friends) ate in the parking lot of Qualcomm stadium before and after a football game at the end of 2008.
Hi. We do this every year . The Holiday Bowl 2008 football game is now a distant memory, and it was another good one(Oregon beat Oklahoma). However, the pre-and post game activities are why The Mister and I attend every year. It is a sort of 'American Tradition', the tailgate...a group of friends decide on a prearranged spot in the parking lot near the football stadium, claim that area, backing into the parking stalls, but not fully, so that tables can be placed in the aisle formed by the back to back car trunks. Food is brought and placed upon those tables...
The day starts out at about 6 a.m. for us. Actually, it started the week before Christmas, when rib roasts were on sale at Albertson's for $3.77/lb. We bought about 24 pounds of roast this year.
This is a very simple recipe, which you can easily remember: GOP: garlic, oregano, paprika. (as binders: olive oil, salt and pepper...you shouldn't have to remember those.)
Make a paste.
Heat the oven to 500°.
Coat the roast(s) with the paste.
Put the roast(s) in the oven.
Drop the temp to 350°
In the meantime, 6 pounds of white bread rolls are made fresh.
Then we drive to Qualcomm, park in our section (where nobody remembers our names, but do know us as the "garlic beef couple"), "Hello, Merry Christmas !" and "did you bring the beef?" are standard salutations.
Along with some mutterings about "sorry about the University of Michigan this year"...blah blah
We set up our two tables, started slicing the beef and soon everyone else begins to show up and filled up the parking spots and then spaces on more set up tables...
This one guy always brings his infamous 7 layer Mexican dip, topped with alfalfa sprouts.
He calls it a "hairy Mexican".
Yes, ladies, he is single.
One of the other "regular" dishes we have is a very large, still warm, freshly smoked turkey-smoked about 9 hours overnight. It is stuffed with a wonderful rice pilaf.
Always the turkey is accompanied by those sweet potatoes topped with the Betty Crocker canned coconut pecan frosting I told you about as a Thanksgiving side dish. Yes, I got that recipe here, from some wonderful old friends. More than 15 years ago, when you bought frosting in powdered form and that was mixed with the sweet potato 'juices'. This is how I know those sweet potatoes taste good hot or cold.
(yes we do have an excellent block of seats)
We wait for the parking lot to clear so we can all head home.
Another year of food, fun and a football game. With friends.