I’ve never been to Virginia. I know nothing about Virginia. Despite this it is my responsibility as Head Chef at Blue Turf Nation to provide you with some good eats and libations to get you prepared for our battle against the Cavaliers of Virginia. There are a lot of local favorites I could go with here – Smithfield ham or Virginia style barbecue would be good – but with Fall here and the nights getting cooler I though a nice stew would do. We are going to go with Brunswick Stew, a traditional Virginian dish. Just like last week our game is on a Friday, so we will do a crock pot version in case you are short on time.
Authentic Brunswick stew was/is made with squirrel, opossum or rabbit. I am going to take a wild guess that you either can’t or don’t want to source these proteins, so we are going to go with some good old pork shoulder. Much easier to find at your local Albertsons than rodent flesh! By the way if you do want to use squirrels my sources tell me you will need 2-3 for a meal (Thanks JP).
Get yourself about three pounds pork shoulder and cut into two-inch pieces. Peel and dice three medium-sized potatoes, and one yellow onion. Throw these into your crock pot. Add a 28 ounce can of crushed or diced tomatoes, one 18 ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, one can of chicken broth, a can of drained and rinsed lima or kidney beans, one package of frozen corn, and one package of frozen okra. Stir in 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 tsp salt. Cover and cook on low for about 10-12 hours. If you are short on time cooking on high for about four hours will do, but the meat might not be as tender. Ladle in to bowls and serve with cornbread!
BEER OF THE WEEK: SIERRA NEVADA OKTOBERFEST!
As far as I can tell there are not any beers from the Old Dominion that are available for purchase in Idaho, so if you will be staying home and table-gating we need to go with something we can get here in Boise. Tis’ the season for Fall seasonal’s, and my favorite right now is an Oktoberfest collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Brauhaus Rieggele. For a hop-head like me it is by far the best Oktoberfest – perfectly malty like a you would expect, but still a little hoppiness.
COCKTAIL/SHOT OF THE WEEK: GREY GOOSE/DIRTY MARTINI
Business insider tells us that Virginia’s favorite liquor is Grey Goose Vodka. I can’t think of anything better than a dirty martini, but since we are tailgating we don’t need excessive expenditures or ingredients, so we are going to cut out the dry vermouth and combine the classic martini with a shot. First fill a rocks glass (or solo cup) with ice water to get it chilled. If you are lazy, just throw some ice in it. If you are really lazy and/or don’t care skip this step all together. Pour in a shot’s worth of Grey Goose, some juice from a jar of green olives, swirl, and shoot! If you want to go with the real deal, add a splash of the dry vermouth, a couple of olives, throw your pinky in the air and sip away!
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