Monday, March 7, 2011

Corned Beef Roll

This is another recipe that came from Aunt Nellie.  As I mentioned previously, she had a knack for appetizers.  This is something that Mom would always make when they would come to Athens for football games for the tailgate.  Mom and Dad would get in town on Friday and we would go to the store to get everything we would need for the tailgate the coming Saturday.  This was no small grocery list....there was always a large spread that usually included California Dip, a Corned Beef Roll, fried chicken, Dad's ham bake, Mom's legendary Bloody Mary's (most people's first choice as they were usually in need of a little hair of the dog) and a mimosa with only a splash of OJ for color!  When we finally had all of the ingredients we would head back to my house on Stanton Way and start getting the food ready.  As people would get out of class they would come over to see Momma and Papa Huggins and have a beer on the porch.  These were some of my favorite afternoons in Athens. Here is one of those memorable tailgating recipes....

Corned Beef Roll
2 (8 oz.) packages Philadelphia Style ORIGINAL Cream Cheese, room temperature
3 (2 oz.) packages of corned beef (chopped, pressed, cooked)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried chopped chives (fresh chives do not hold up as well in this)

In mixer or with a fork combine softened cream cheese, Worcestershire, garlic powder and chives.  For each roll, lay out the corned beef slices so they are not touching with five slices across and three down.
Spread cream cheese mixture on one corned beef slice at a time.  As you move to the next corned beef slice, overlap the edges and seal the seams with the cream cheese mixture. 
Once all the mixture has been spread on all slices roll it like a jellyroll (you might remember that from the sausage pinwheels...same concept!) 
Let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour (it is preferable to make these the night before and cut just before serving).  Slice in 1/4-inch slices and serve on Ritz Crackers.
And another gratuitous picture of my nephew.....
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