This might be the first time I've done a WIAW inspired post, and I'll put a little spin on it. This'll be for the food I made for the tailgate since people were asking what my pictures were. I made a shrimp recipe, inspired by a mass email from Margaritaville, and key lime bars from Martha Stewart. If I'm at a Buffett concert, I gotta have key lime bars since Jimmy started this whole empire in Key West. The graham cracker crust makes these bars.
The recipe I used for the shrimp can be found here. I found it last fall when I was looking to make something similar to jerk shrimp, but a little different. I finished it off with pineapple chunks, white rice, and the cheddar biscuits from Red Lobster, since they sell the mix. I liked it, and only omitted the curry powder from the marinade since I didn't have it. I didn't miss it either. The mass Margaritaville email had their jerk shrimp products on chunks of pineapples, held down by tooth picks, so that's what I created with this recipe. Jumbo shrimp, marinaded for 30 minutes, and cooked in batches so the shrimp would cook evenly. Cut up a whole pineapple, get tooth picks, and voila!
These were very popular at the tailgate, and they didn't last long. I did save 5 for me for a dinner later since I had 5 leftover after a full tray had been done. 5 wasn't enough for me to bring out another tray, and I didn't want to waste them. Leftovers for dinner!
The key lime bars come from a recipe from my Martha Stewart cookie book, but can also be found here. I did not make the whip cream, but I bought some instead. I do make short cuts whenever they're available. Stores also sell graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle, so I didn't have to crush up whole graham crackers. Another short cut :) If you buy the pre-squeezed key lime juice, this recipe is pretty easy to make. These were also popular, but I think next year I'll omit these and make more finger foods, like the shrimp dish.