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Need Recipes for a Wild West / Cowboy Themed Party

I am having a Wild West / Cowboy Themed party. I am wondering if anyone has any great ideas to share to help us brainstorm while making up the menu. Thanks...

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  1. Lots of steak.

    I'll try to think of some more ideas/recipes and get back to you.

    1. We had a cowboy theme for our sons 1st birthday.We did bar b que sandwiches , bacon cheeseburgers, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, brownies , cake.

      1. Salt-pork and beans or beans cooked with beef or buffalo jerky, chili, cornbread or (unleavened) hardtack, cowpuncher stew.

        Cowpuncher stew: 1.5 lbs beef stew meat, 3 tbsp flour, 2 tbsp cooking oil, 1.5 cups strong coffee, 2 tbsp molasses, 1 tsp Worcestershire, 1 minced clove garlic, dried oregano, ground red pepper, 4 sliced carrots, 4 quartered onions, 3 cubed potatoes, 3 tbsp flour. Obviously brown the meat coated w/ flour; add coffee, molasses, garlic, Worc, oregano, chili, salt--simmer til tender (1.5 hours?); add vegetables and 1.5 cups water; simmer another 30 minutes; combine flour and 0.25 cups cold water; stir in; cook til mixture is thickened and bubbly.

        Make sure to sing "Yavapai Pete" while making the stew: "Ol Yavapai Pete was a cowpuncher neat, who lived in Arizona's fair clime. He lived in the saddle and puched all the cattle from here to the Mezkin line"

        1. I was planning to have a 50th Cowboy Birthday Party for my husband, but It never happened. These were some of my ideas
          Main Vittles: Cowboy Stew, Pork Ribs, Steak, Brisket, Chicken Fried Steak
          Belly Wash: Cowboy Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks
          Side Kick: Potato Salad, Cowboy Potatoes, Cowboy Beans
          Snacks: Cheese Dip, Hot Sauce & Tortilla Chips
          Sopping Material: Corn Bread, Baking Powder or Sour Dough Biscuits
          Cowboy Sweets: Apricot or Peach Cobbler, Cake

          Bee Well
          Dandelion

          1. There is a restaurant in the town I went to college in where they serve Cowboy cookies and Cowgirl cookies- they are basically the same recipe, but the Cowboy cookies have nuts and the Cowgirl cookies do not! He he! Here is an example of a cowboy cookie recipe: http://www.christmas-cookies.com/reci... Immature, I guess, but it always made me giggle! :-)

            1. Someone once brought "Snake Bites" to a party we were having. Slice a jalapeno in half, remove the seeds and then put a shrimp on top of the half jalapeno, and wrap the whole thing in bacon. Grill or broil until shrimp is cooked and bacon is crispy. They were great!

              Also, fry bread, empenadas, and for dessert, fried pies.

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              1. re: dukegirl

                The Snake Bites sound great. Thanks everyone for the great ideas!

                1. re: KellBell

                  Once you get the food down, think about the music. Nashville won't do.

              2. Serve your drinks in Mason Jars....

                1. This may be a little too abstract, but my parents always made what we called "Cow Chicken" when I was younger. Essentially, you take boneless skinless chicken breasts and cover them with a mixture of sour cream, monterey jack, green chilies, salt & pepper, and broil. They turn out spotted like a cow, because the cheese crisps up in spots. It's really good, but like I said, maybe a little too abstract for your theme.

                  1. How about the classic chuck wagon cook off dishes?

                    chicken fried steak, or a beef stew
                    some sort of potato dish
                    biscuits
                    beans
                    a fruit cobbler (made with dried apricots)

                    Dutch oven recipes would also fit (that is DO cooking with coals below and on top)

                    paulj

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                    1. re: paulj

                      Here are the rules for one of the chuckwagon cookoffs
                      http://www.cowboy.org/ncwcr.htm

                      1. Menu shall consist of: Chicken fried steak, pinto beans, potatoes (choice of method of preparation), fruit cobbler and cornbread or sourdough biscuits or yeast rolls.

                      3. Biscuits and pastry may be either sourdough, yeast or plain. Cornbread may be prepared in lieu of biscuits or rolls.