Bronco Bites: Rending The Raiders

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Pirate Grub

It’s Raider week in the Mile High city, where the Broncos will take on the Black Hole denizens on Monday Night. This will be the 17th Monday Night affair between these two division rivals. The Broncos have the edge in the series, with an 8-7-1 record. So what’s on the menu this week? A bit of California fare as well as something from the sea. And perhaps something with a little Rum, since the Oakland emblem resembles a Pirate.

So fire up that grill and let’s get cooking!

Avocados are as much a part of California cuisine as black is to the Raiders. So I thought this appetizer would be a good way to Kickoff this Tailgate. Just don’t go out of bounds with this one.

Tequila Guacamole

  • 1/4 cup chopped jalapenos

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion

  • The juice from 1/2 lime (1 Tablespoon)

  • Dried Oregano (to taste)

  • Fresh chopped Cilantro (a small handful)

  • 1/3 cup Tequila (your choice)

  • 5 Avocados, pitted and peeled

  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

  • Salt (to taste)

In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients and let marinate for about 10 minutes.

Coarsely mash the Avocados with a fork, then add to them to the marinade mixture. Stir in the oil and Salt to taste. Serve with Chips or as a condiment for Tacos, Burritos, omelets, etc.

Now for a bit of Ocean Fare.

Skewered Orange-Basted Shrimp On The Barbie

  • 12 wooden skewers

  • 2 Lbs. (13-15 count) frozen jumbo easy peel Shrimp

Orange-Ginger Baste

  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed Orange juice (about 4 oranges)

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)

  • 2 Tablespoons of Rum

  • 2 green onions finely chopped with some of the green

  • 2 Tablespoons of freshly grated ginger

Directions:

Soak the skewers in water ahead of time, about 30 minutes.

Prepare the baste: In a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, orange juice, orange zest, lime juice, rum, green onions and ginger. Reserve half of this mixture to pass around the table.

Fire up the grill.

Thread the shrimp onto the skewers and brush liberally with the baste.

Grill the skewers for 2-4 minutes on each side, basting again after turning, or until the shrimp is firm and opaque, with good grill marks. Serve the skewers drizzled with the reserve baste. Peel off the shells and eat. Serves six as a meal, 12 as an appetizer.

Now I know that Seafood isn’t everyone’s idea of good vittles. Don’t worry. I haven’t forgot about ye Landlubber’s. How about some Beef? It’s what’s for dinner and this concoction fits with the Pirate theme. As long as it’s the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Grilled Beef Steaks

This meal serves 6 and only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. coconut-flavored rum

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage

  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 4 slices onions

  • 6 beef top sirloin steaks, 8 oz. each

Directions:

1. Whisk together the rum, salt, pepper, cinnamon, powder, oregano, sage, vinegar, and lemon juice in a bowl; pour into a gallon-sized, resealable plastic bag. Add the onion and steaks to the marinade. Seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible. Allow to marinate in refrigerator 3 to 4 hours.

2. Fire up the grill and sear steaks to your preference. Depending on thickness, about 4 minutes per side for medium rare.

Now while you’re waiting for these puppies to cook, have something to chill out with. Here are two mixtures that should be well received at your Tailgate.

A Day at the Beach

  • 1 oz Coconut Rum (Malibu)

  • 1/2 oz Amaretto

  • 4 oz Unsweetened Orange Juice

  • 1/2 oz Grenadine

Shake rum, amaretto, and orange juice with ice. Pour into a highball glass over ice. Top with grenadine. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a strawberry.

Bahama Mama

  • 1/4 oz Coffee Liqueur

  • 1/2 oz Dark Rum

  • 1/2 oz Coconut Liqueur

  • 1/4 oz 151 Proof Rum

  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon

  • 4 oz Pineapple juice or crushed pineapple

Combine all ingredients and pour over cracked ice in a collins glass. Decorate with a strawberry or cherry and serve.

 

All that’s left is to enjoy the game. Until next week, good eats and…

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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