I asked 1 Fine Cookie fans on my Facebook fan page for recommendations of storesÂ that soldÂ tropical printÂ last week. This is because I attended the Jimmy Buffett concert in Massachusetts last Saturday. No big surprise here that I used this as an opportinutyÂ to make bajillions of recipes inspired by Jimmy Buffett/summer fun.
If you are not a parrotheadÂ (Buffet fan) or parakeet (young fan, or child of a parrothead), then I feel sort of bad for you. This is by far one of the most fun events during the summer. You don’t even have to be a drinker to enjoy it.
Basically, everyone shows up at the concert parking lot as early as the venue will let them in. They spend the entire day experiencing one of the best tailgating parties. EVER.
The thing I love about it best, is that is not all about just getting wasted. People put in such great effort to create an experience. I have seen ships built on top of buses, sand with kiddie pools, Dj’s with dance parties, tiki bars.. the list goes on and on.
Before I introduce the food, here is a collection of photosÂ for you “Buffet virgins” to give you an idea of Buffet awesomeness:
(apologies for quality of photos, some of these came fromÂ other friend’s camerasÂ and even iphones)
Honey Badger shirts are always a nice addition too.
Sometimes you have to shove your head into one of these cardboard thingies. I am making a poopie face. Or maybe an evil shenanigans face.
There are a lot of baby boomers at these things. That’s what I like about Buffett. It’s people of all ages having a tropical drink and relaxing. At Country Fest, it’s just a bunch of underage kids trying to get as drunk as possible. At Buffett, it’s a bunch of old people and young people sharing a good time together. This includes old scary men. (well, not that old.. just older than me)
Ewe. Poor Kacey.
The things one does forÂ a photo.
Double ewe. No seriously, this guy was great.
Another old(er) dude. This one took the partying too seriously.
Last year, we stumbled upon a ship built on top of a bus.
Thankfully, nothing was expected of us to enter the ship as the only fee I will pay is a good kick in the nuts (did I just say that out loud?).
My friend Kacey and I enjoyed the breeze up there.
Even Ronald McDonald likes Jimmy Buffett.
Don’t forget to plan for games, like Cornhole or Beirut (aka beer pong).
A wonderful tactic for getting into your opponent’s head is to write mean messages on the solo cups.
Of course, Jimmy Buffett is about relaxing andÂ chillen’ with friends and family.
Me on the left, Rachel on the rightÂ hanging out under a canopy to stay cool.
Should you ever tailgate, bring a canopy. It gets pretty toasty, and I only live in New England.
I found some guy wearing a Hawaiian shirtÂ but no flowers, Â just Red Sox.
Ice luges are also a nice accessory to any Buffett tailgating experience.
I covered up this naked lady luge to make it “appropriate”
The liquor actually came out of the top chest region through a tube, if you get my drift.
Ah, screw it. So much funnier when it’s a naked lady.
Ummm… I was very tired at this point. Don’t ask.
Don’t forget the foooood.
Unfortunately, my friends were too hungry to wait for food the be grilled and set up when we first arrived.
I set out a dip to hold them over. They sort of gorged on it (buffalo chicken dip does that to you sometimes),Â so by the time I set it all up, it was barely touched.
It just sat there allÂ day 🙁
One guy came strolling by and offered me champagne for some of the food.
I was pretty pumped to seeÂ it not go to waste. Okay, and drink champagne.
He also gave me a shirt!
“We do not stop playing because we are old. We grow oldÂ when we stop playing.”
Strangers loved the food more than my own group. In fact, a lot of people loved my food and stopped by to take photos. Especially the cheeseburger cake, which I will be posting very soon.
This week, I plan on featuring some of the fun food I made. They are perfect for the summer, for tailgating, for parrotheads, or people who just love food.
For this post, I will show you how I made mini margarita pies with salted graham cracker crust. Shouldn’t all margaritas have salt with them.Â They are topped with liquor whipped cream, and sit inside of lime cups.Â The lime cups made a lot of people excited.
Now, I was all proud of myself coming up with this idea. “Jasmin,” I said to myself, “you are such a genius for this one.” Not so much. I intended on taking a classic key lime recipe and adding in margarita ingredients. I googled “margarita pie” to see if anyone came up with the same concept, and there were like 100’s of this recipe. Fail. So if you know who came up with the original (not someone who reposted it a week ago, the ORIGINAL), let me know so I can give credit where it is due. I still createdÂ MY way thatÂ I intended, but still giving credit to the original who came up with this idea is muyÂ importante. That means very importante in Spanish.
Here is what you need for the margarita pies:
For the crust,
– 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
–1Â 1/2Â sticks of butter (orÂ 3/4 cup)
–1 tsp of salt (this makes is SALTY, I purposely did this for the whole margarita effect. if you like, leave out the salt)
– limes (about 8-10)
For the pie filling,
– 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
– 3/4Â cup of heavyÂ cream
– 2 eggs
-Â 1/3Â cup of lime juice
– 4 tablespoons of Grand Marnier (or Triple Sec might be less expensive)
– 4 tablespoons of margarita mix
– 4 tablespoons of tequila
*Note: You may want to increase or decrease the amount of liquor, depending on how much you like the taste of liquor. I suggest starting off with less if you don’t like it, or more if you really like it. If you decrease, add a little cream in its place. Bake one pie to taste test how the batter comes out and see if you need to make adjustments.
For Whipped Cream,
– 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
– 1/4Â or less of a cup of confectioner’s sugar (I only used a little more thanÂ 1/8 because I wanted to cut down on sugar and emphasize the alcohol flavor)
-Â 2 tablespoonsÂ of tequila
-Â 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier (or Triple Sec might be less expensive)
– 4 tablespoons of margarita mix
Optional: An extra lime for garnish
Begin by cutting theÂ limes in half and scooping the pulp out. I did this by cutting around in between the outside skin and the pulp in a circle. Then, I cut X’s in the pulp to break it up. I also found that running it under cool water made it easier to loosen up. I used these limes to squeeze out the lime juice needed for the pie filling and whipped cream. Then I carefully peeled the skin which the pulp was attached to. Much easier than pulling out the pulp, piece by piece.
I will show you photos of how to do this in the next few days, if you would like a visual.
Should end up looking like this:
If you want to empty them ahead of time or the day before (recommended), store them in an airtight bag with wet paper towels.
Otherwise, they will harden and start to shrivel.
For the crust, melt the butter in a heat-safe bowl and pour into the graham cracker crumbs.
You can either buy graham crackers and run through the food processor, of buy this in the baking aisle of your local grocery store:
Mix it all together very well.
Add salt if desired (this is only for the adventurous).
Next, rip pieces of aluminum foil and mold to the lime cups. Then firmly press the graham cracker mixtureÂ onto the bottom and sides of the mold.
To remove crust from lime, carefully squeezeÂ both end tips towards one another then take the foil out with your other hand.
Bake the crusts for about 15-18 minutes until slightly brown at 300 degrees.
Grab your ingredients for the pie filling.
Combine condensed milk and cream in a mixer.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Then mix in lime juice, margarita mix, Grand Marnier,Â and tequila.
Trial test your pie by baking one in the oven and tasting it to see if the alcohol strength suits you. Then fill the rest of the pies (they should sit on a baking sheet) and bake. They should bake for about 10-15 minutes at 315 degrees, depending on your oven. If they look like they are about to start cracking, they need to be removed immediately.
Once pies are almostÂ ready, grab your whipped cream ingredients.
Place the bowl you will be beating the whipped cream in, the whiskÂ (or whisk attachment),Â and the heavy whipping cream into the freezer.
I let my heavy cream start to harden and crystallize a little.
Take out the bowl and scoop the semi-frozen cream into the bowl. Mix on high speedÂ until thick and forming hard peaks when you lift the whisk out of the cream. Then add the sugar, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and margarita mix into the whipped cream and mix for a few seconds. Taste to see if you would like it sweeter or have a stronger margarita taste. Add whatever is necessary.
Remove pies from fridge. VERY carefully peel the pie from the aluminum foil. Place inside of lime.
*Tip: I noticed that it helps to keep track of which lime was used to mold which pie crust. So When I create the crust, I place it on a baking sheet. Then, I place the lime back into the bag with the paper towel in the same spot. For example ifÂ I make 3 rows of crusts on the baking sheet then I line up 3 in the bag. If I place my first crust in the upper right-hand corner of the cookie sheet, then I place the lime back into the bag in the upper right-hand corner. Then move towards the left from there, one by one.
Use a piping bag (or ziploc bag with the corner snipped off) to garnish your pies. Cut up a lime and add as a garnish too, if you like.
I love food with alcohol, and I don’t even like tequila. This is seriously the first food with tequila in it that does not make me gag. I am not lying.
Also, it’s food in a cup which makes it like a bajillion times cooler. All you need is a fork.
Or not even.
I left out some of the food on a table as we headed to the concert. When we returned, rando scavengers had made their way through the entire table.
No forks provided.
You will be able to gain entry ontoÂ any pirate ship, into any party with these pies. People will be throwing jello shots and leis at you.
This is the ultimate parrothead, tailgating, or summer party treat.
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