6 Unique (and Delicious!) Ways to Garnish a Bloody Mary

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A year or two ago my eldest sister introduced me to bloody marys. The thought of drinking tomato juice disgusted me. But when she told me it could be SPICY (a buzzword that equates to “I must try this thing” in my lingo) and is basically a meal in a glass, I was intrigued enough to try it. AND I FELL IN LOVE.

Fast-forward to present day, on the cusp of summer, when I start to get cravings for this spicy treat on ice and see visions of me sitting on the patio with my feet up on the table. Although the drink always stays the same (Mr. & Mrs. T’s Bold & Spicy bloody mix and a glass rimmed with celery salt), I like to experiment with various accoutrement – and I also just like saying “accoutrement.” So here are several different ideas to serve alongside your favorite bloody mix and vodka. (But seriously, try using celery salt on the rim. It will change your life.)

 

The Traditional

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Ingredients:

  • layer green olives
  • pepperoni
  • baby dill pickles
  • marble jack cheese, cubed

This is my sister’s go-to accoutrement. On a wooden skewer, layer green olives, pepperoni (folded once), baby dill pickles, and cubes of marble jack cheese. This arranges all the traditional favorites into a colorful (and yummy) spectrum.

 

The “In a Pickle”

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Ingredients:

  • Hard salami, sliced
  • neufchatel (or cream cheese)
  • baby dill pickles

This is a twist on an hors  d’oeuvres my family makes every year for Christmas. Select some sliced hard salami at your grocery (I like salami rolled in black pepper which gives it an extra kick). Depending on size, you might need to cut the pieces of salami in half, creating two half circles. Spread Neufchatel liberally on the hard salami pieces and place baby dill on top. Roll up and skewer. Munch, crunch, and enjoy!

 

The Jalapeno Popper Burger

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Ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Feta cheese
  • Jar of jalapeno slices
  • Bread crumbs
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder

This was the first experimentation into what I like to call Burger Balls, for lack of a better term. Mini hamburgers are growing increasingly popular to serve alongside bloody marys at sporting events, so I thought I’d try a variation that doesn’t require a grill or a tiny bun.

Begin by grabbing a 1 inch hunk of ground beef. Flatten this out and place feta and a jalapeno slice on top. Then roll it up, so none of the ingredients pokes out (you might need to add a little more meat depending on how stuffed it is). In a small bowl, mix some bread crumbs, garlic powder, and chili powder. Roll burger balls in bread crumb mixture. Lay balls on greased cookie sheet and bake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes.

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The Pizza Burger

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Ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Pepperoni
  • Parmesan
  • Marble jack cheese
  • Tube of croissant dough (or your own from scratch!)

Another excuse to eat croissants, this burger ball is wrapped inside croissant dough instead of rolled in bread crumbs. Grab a 1 inch hunk of ground beef and flatten it out. Place chopped pepperoni, grated parmesan, and a cube or two of marble jack cheese. Lay balls on greased cookie sheet and bake at 375°F for 6 minutes. Remove from oven.

Once cooled enough to handle, lay on a triangle piece of croissant dough and roll up so it looks like a tricorne pirate hat (at least that’s what it reminded me of). Bake following croissant directions, or until croissants turn golden brown. Once cooled some, skewer with an olive on top.

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The Flamethrower Burger

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Three pepper Havarti cheese
  • Tabasco
  • Pickles
  • Tube of croissant dough (or your own from scratch!)

Also wrapped up in a croissant, this burger ball combines spicier fare to complement the bloody. Flatten a 1 inch hunk of beef and place cheese and diced pickles on top. Shake a few drops of tabasco on for good measure. Roll up and bake on greased cookie sheet at 375°F for 6 minutes. Remove from oven.

Once cooled enough to handle, lay on a triangle piece of croissant dough and roll up into more tricorne shapes, or perhaps diaper shapes? I suppose they look similar… Place back on cookie sheet and bake following croissant directions, or until croissants turn golden brown. Once cooled some, skewer with an olive on top.

 

The Ultimate

Cram them all into a mason jar with a handle, cuz you’ll need it. LUNCH IS SERVED.

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Experiment with your own ingredients and tell us your favorite combinations!

 

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