Naturally, cowboy hats, jeans and boots are the preferred western garb, so ask your guests to dress for the occasion. For the table, use red and blue bandanas as placemats and napkins and choose western decorations like lassos, hay bales, and miniature cowboy boots to decorate. Many online party supply companies have complete western decorating kits to help get everyone in the right mood, right down to western-themed plates, napkins and cups.
Cowboys ate on the open range from a chuck wagon complete with cook (that's you). These recipes will help you rustle up your own cowboy grub with authentic results.
Tex-Mex Buffalo Wings
1 package taco seasoning mix of your choice
12 chicken wings
1 jar prepared salsa
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 13x9 baking sheet
2. Place taco seasoning in a heavy-duty plastic bag
3. Add 2 or 3 chicken wings and shake to coat. Repeat with remaining wings
4. Place wings on baking sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until wings are cooked through and crispy
5. Serve with salsa for dipping
Beef Steaks with Chipotle Rub
3 teaspoons finely ground coffee
3 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper (or chipotle chile powder)
1/4 cup paprika
2 teaspoons toasted cumin seeds
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
4, 8-ounce beef steaks, or enough to feed your crowd
1. Combine coffee, ground chipotle, paprika, cumin seeds, sugar and salt.
2. Rub mixture into steaks and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to blend.
3. Grill steaks until desired doneness.
Easy Cowboy Beans
4 slices bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
2, 16-ounce cans pork and beans
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1. Cook bacon until crisp and drain
2. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons of the drippings
3. Crumble bacon
4. Cook onion in the reserved drippings until tender, but not brown.
5. Add to remaining ingredients, blending well.
6. Place in casserole.
7. Bake uncovered on grill with hood down for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or you can simmer on your side burner.
Frontier Apple Crisp
5 pounds baking apples
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter
pinch of Kosher salt
2 cups sifted flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons nutmeg
1. Peel apples and cut in slices.
2. Mix apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons flour in Dutch oven.
3. Combine margarine, flour and brown sugar, mashing until crumbly.
4. Sprinkle this mixture over apple mixture.
5. Bake 35-45 minutes with coals in Dutch oven.
Add to these authentic recipes with some sourdough bread from the store, grilled corn on the cob, and a green salad for a cowboy party your friends and family will remember for years to come.
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