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Rodeo Wagon’s Award Winning Food

We wanted to take this opportunity to look back at the success we’ve had these past two years since transitioning from a mobile food cart to a full-service catering company. Check out the awards Rodeo Wagon was honored to receive from Taste of Madison over the years!

Trio Jambalaya
1st place, Best Seafood Meal, 2018

Family Style Trio Jambalaya with Rice

Deep flavors of the south include Rodeo Wagon’s custom blend of seasonings and feature
Andouille sausage, ham, trio of peppers and other vegetables. Served over seasoned rice
and topped with a whole crawfish

Cajun Sausage Pops
1st place, Best Southern-Style Meal, 2018

SausagePops_Plum_ToM2018Giant sausage link cut on a bias, skewered, and drizzled in plum-orange-ginger sauce

Texas Caviar
2nd place, Best Southwestern Meal, 2017 and 2018

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Freshly prepared with tomatoes, black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, peppers, onions, and flavors from our pals at VOM FASS! Choose whether this is served with chips or as a
salad on greens

Herb-roasted Chicken
3rd place, Best American Meal, 2018

Herb Roasted Chicken over Rice
Tender boneless chicken, marinated in a special blend of herbs before roasting. Served
with Rodeo Wagon’s seasoned rice

Triple Cheesy Mac
1st place, Best American Meal, 2017

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Not your everyday mac n cheese…featuring a blend of premium cheeses and pasta

Texas Beef
1st Place, Best Southwestern Meal, 2017

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Premium shredded beef seasoned with flavors of The South topped with chimichurri and served with Triple Crown Cornbread

Rodeo Beef Sandwich
1st place, Best Southwestern Meal, 2018

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Hot pulled beef slow cooked in flavors of Texas, loaded on top of a gourmet bun
sandwich. Served with optional barbeque sauces

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A special thank you to the judges of Taste of Madison, and all the diners that came out to support! We look forward to participating again in 2019. Hope to see y’all there!

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5 Easy Fall Favorites

Let’s celebrate this first day of fall with a list of recipes to try out for your friends and family. The best part about cooking comfort food is that you can incorporate your own version of each recipe. Whether you want to add mushrooms, bacon, extra herbs, or giving it a try in your slow cooker.

 

#1 Simply Delicious Chicken & Dumplings

Cozy up with a hot bowl of this fall favorite.

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#2 The Best Classic Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe is easy and nothing short of amazing! You can substitute the ground beef for ground lamb to give this recipe a traditional Irish taste.

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#3 Potato Soup

In my house, we love to add extra toppings whenever possible. Bacon, cheese, and onions are always my go-to. This recipe also goes great with a pan of sweet cornbread.

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#4 The Best Crockpot Chili

This recipe will be a fall favorite with your family!

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#5 Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

This recipe already calls for potatoes but I like to make mashed potatoes on the side for the gravy.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

Pumpkin Lovers, Get Ready!

It may be early September but I’m already thinking about my favorite fall recipes. With summer winding down to an end in a few weeks, now is the time to start thinking about how to incorporate pumpkin into your dishes. Nothing says fall like a hot cup of coffee with your favorite dessert! Mine happens to be the delicious Pumpkin Bars from Rosies! What are some of your favorite fall baked goodies?

Cooking Tips on Ways to Upgrade your Guacamole Recipe

Did someone say “Taco Night?!” But first, let’s talk guac. Guacamole is always a huge hit at parties… and with March Madness around the corner, it’s time to level up your guac game. We recently refined our guacamole recipe for 2019 and gathered our tips to share with you below! We will continue to serve with tasty Pasqual’s Southwest Tortilla Chips. Image is shown below:

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The basic guacamole consists of 3 ingredients: Of course, the holy avocado. Have you ever wondered why avocado is so loved by everyone? (Maybe it’s because it’s filled with vitamins and contains fiber, which ultimately helps control your blood pressure and keeps you full for longer… or maybe because it’s undeniably delicious!) Moving on to the second and third ingredients, add a splash of lime juice and a hint of salt. Add more for a stronger taste.

Salted chips made in grease might not be the best option if you are watching your figure. You can enjoy any of these recipes by substituting tortilla chips with carrots, celery, cucumbers, and more! Just about everything goes well with guacamole, am I right?

As tasty as the traditional guacamole is, check out our delicious recipes packed with bold flavors and still nutritious!

If you like your guacamole smooth and creamy, try adding Greek Yogurt! It’s a simple addition while keeping guacamole fresher for longer, due to the probiotics from the yogurt. This is a much healthier alternative than mayonnaise or sour cream.

Now imagine combining the 2 best dips of all time… guacamole + hummus = heaven! This combination is not only packed with flavor but also a powerful snack by helping fight hunger and keeping you full for a longer time.

Need a little kick? You can toss chili peppers into the mix or simply add Sriracha sauce. Sriracha already contains chili peppers along with a hint of garlic and vinegar. You can reference the red bottle with a bright green cap below for your next grocery trip:

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Do you prefer sweet over spicy? If so, you’ll love fruit guacamole. You can combine your favorite fruits, but we suggest pineapple, banana, and mango. Serve this to your friends and family on a sunny day, and everyone will leave feeling refreshed and full!

For all you meat-lovers out there, you’ll enjoy this guacamole twist. How does guacamole and BACON sound? Once you try it, you may never go back. Adding crispy bacon bits and Cojita cheese toppings make this guacamole a huge hit at tailgate parties.

All aboard seafood lovers! Have you ever tried crab to your guac? This lean meat adds a soft, delicate texture that fits well with this recipe. This combines a little flair and a great taste. If you’re more of a shrimp fan, this is a healthy route for weight-loss diets while remaining extremely tasty too. Shrimp is low-fat and low-calorie, in which you can enjoy frequently in your guacamole without worrying about the after-guilt.

Other small twists to add to your guacamole recipe:
corn, black beans, pistachios, or cashews.

If you prefer traditional guacamole and enjoy just the way it tastes as is, try serving it as chunky instead of smooth. This makes a nice display of all the ingredients inside all while still keeping the same and simple taste. Or, throw it on the grill! Grill the avocados and mix with the other ingredients, and you’ll end up with a nice guacamole spread for your tacos, toast, or power bowls.

By adding a twist to your guacamole, it can make your taco night an unforgettable (and yummy) night with friends and family.


What is your favorite twist to add to your guacamole recipe?

Tell us in the comments below!

 

Easy Kabobs to Make for All Seasons

Kabobs are the perfect party platter that’s simple to make so you have more time to party with your friends! Kabobs are great for the grill, with endless possibilities to make diverse meals to fulfill anyone’s plate. Kabobs aren’t only for on the grill; you can make a variety of kabobs besides the traditional style (that is still an inexpensive, easy recipe to make).

Even though kabobs are perfect for summer, you can still eat them all year long, using different fruits or vegetables, depending on the season.

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Veggie kabobs make the perfect appetizers to serve for all occasions. Not to mention, they are super easy to make.
Check out above: Caprese Salad Kabobs – Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. This is a healthy, easy alternative to serve to groups of people or even in a small setting.

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Fruit Kabobs are a fun way to get creative by simply selecting a variety of fruits and putting them on a stick! You can even have the kiddos help make their own creations. They’ll love it. Make every bite juicy for your guests, they will thank you!

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If you are missing summer and still ready to grill, make it easy on yourself! Pair your favorite protein with veggies and sprinkle seasoning for a special touch.

WARNING: Make sure you warn your guests when distributing kabobs with metal skewers; the skewers hold heat for awhile after they are removed from the BBQ rack. If you are cooking on the grill, we recommend using cardboard skewers instead of metal skewers. The potential of burning yourself with the metal skewer is more likely.

TIP: With any kabob that you make, you can have your own variety of sauces on the side to add special flavoring. Some examples are cilantro sauce, honey chipotle, chimichurri sauce, and peanut butter!

 

Here is a list of other kabobs we enjoy from all varieties of meats:

  1. Curry Pork
  2. Rosemary Lamb
  3. Chicken Fajita
  4. Turkey Meatball
  5. Greek Shrimp

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Let us know. What’s your favorite style of kabobs?

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-Rodeo Wagon

Fall in Love with Pumpkin Inspired Meals by Rodeo Wagon

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It’s pumpkin season, it’s time to get festive and fun! There are so many things that you can make with fall’s favorite flavor; no pumpkin-packed treat is off-limits! Hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Pancakes

One of the oldest recipes of time, Pumpkin Pancakes. Who doesn’t love tasty and fluffy pancakes, especially on Thanksgiving morning. It’s so easy to make batter, you can even have the kids help. Don’t forget to make a little extra. Pancakes are great for leftovers, too!

Pumpkin Spice Hummus

Pumpkin Spice Hummus (or “Pumpkin Dip”) is the perfect after-school snack. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and even more delicious to eat. It features flavorful ingredients such as chickpeas, cashew butter, and maple syrup. Blend all together till smooth. Pair the sweet hummus with honey graham crackers or apples, and you are in for a real treat!

Spicy Pumpkin Chili

It’s pumpkin season AND chili season. This is the perfect duo! For people that aren’t huge fans of the taste of pumpkin, this is the perfect recipe. Simply add a variety beans, such as kidney beans and black beans and seasoned ground beef. Saute’ diced green chilies, tomatoes, and garlic (this is what overpowers the pumpkin taste) and mix all ingredients in a crock pot. Allow time for flavors to fully brew. Serve hot, with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream if desired. Yum!

Classic Pumpkin Pie

There are a variety of twists you can put on this Thanksgiving classic. You can upgrade your pie by adding something simple such as peanut butter (the kids go nuts over this), or by making shapes and figures out of the pie crust as a topping. It makes the perfect centerpiece!


What’s your favorite pumpkin inspired meal?

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Labor Day Party Menu 2018

You’ve done it all this summer. You’ve thrown the ultimate birthday bash, barbecues, pool parties, and more. Now, it’s time to to have the end-of-summer shin-dig. Yes, we are talking about Labor Day.

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At this point, I’m sure you’ve become expert on the ins and outs of throwing a get-together for your friends. You need the guest list, location, fun decorations, and reassurance that the weather is going to be in your favor. Who knows what Fall weather will bring!

Once that’s all squared away, it comes down to the most important part: the menu. The Rodeo Wagon is here to help! We’ve put together a delicious menu options for all your guests to enjoy. Goodbye Summer, Hello Yummy!

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Appetizer: Loaded Quiche Cups

Baked deep dish pie crust, stuffed with a variety of healthy veggies, bacon, and melted premium cheeses. You can easily make this a vegetarian option by leaving out the meat and adding mushrooms instead.

Offering a salad bar is always a huge hit. Arrange the ingredients where it’s easy for guests to pile on toppings, just the way they like it, without holding up the line. Place dressings and seasonings at the end.

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Entree: Award Winning Sausage Pops

Cajun sausage pops, featuring a plum-orange-ginger sauce. This took 1st place award for Best Southwestern Food by Taste of Madison, 2018. Check out the rest of our awards here. Simply place a giant grilled sausage link on a stick, and drizzle it with your choice of special sauce. It’s easy to serve, and even easier to eat.

What’s more American than a cheeseburger? It’s time to take your basic burger to the next level. Add some nacho cheese, bacon, and some picked peppers and you’ve got everyone’s favorite meal.

Drinks: Fresh Lemonade

Nothing beats homemade lemonade, especially on a warm day. Guests of all ages can enjoy this beverage. Add some fresh fruit to it like blueberries or strawberries for an extra twist. You can make a special batch of Lemonade and Fruit, with a mix of tequila in the pitcher. 21+ guests will love the taste of this simple cocktail.

Don’t forget to have fun! Cheers!

Don’t feel like laboring on Labor Day?
Sit back, relax, and contact Rodeo Wagon here for our catering services.

Taco Bar: Fun and Easy Way to Serve a Crowd

With Fall approaching, I’m sure you’re planning your last get-together with your friends for the summer season. When having a large number of guests attending your party, you want to make serving food the easiest as possible, for everyone. That’s where the beauty of a taco bar comes in!

There are many types of food bars that you can indulge in, such as mashed potato bar, salad bar, fruit and veggie bar, but ultimately, taco bar trumps all. Taco bars are a crowd favorite, and allow all diverse pallets to enjoy the same meal in a variety of ways. Also, it gives you the opportunity to sit down and eat with your friends instead of plating food all night.

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One of the best attributes of a taco bar is how easy it is! You just need some key ingredients such as:

  • Choice of Taco Meat (or meat substitution)
  • Beans
  • Mexican Rice
  • Hard and Soft Shell Tortillas
  • Toppings such as
    – Diced White Onions
    – Cilantro
    – Diced Tomatoes
    -Lettuce
    – Guacamole
    – Salsa
    – EXTRA Cheese (you can never have too much)
    – Jalapenos

You can keep the ingredients (that are best served hot) over food warmers, and wrap the tortillas in foil to ensure freshness.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Use common sense when laying out the food. We suggest the following;

  1. Plate. napkins and silverware
  2. Soft and hard shell tortillas
  3. Varieties of meats
  4. Beans and rice
  5. Toppings (HINT: layout in order that you would apply onto tacos)
  6. Cheese
  7. Lettuce and tomatoes
  8. Optional toppings such as onions, jalapenos and cilantro
  9. Final toppings such as guac, sour cream and salsa

TIP: Offer tortilla chips as well just in case someone would prefer to make nachos instead of tacos.

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Viola! You’re taco bar is all set up! Kids and adults will love the DIY Taco Buffet.

Enjoy!

Party Ideas for 4th of July Summer Bash

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4th of July is less than one week away, but you still have plenty of time to prepare for your patriotic party. BBQ’s and Pot Lucks are the easiest for everyone to participate in having holiday fun. Ask guests to bring side dishes and drinks, and remind them to wear Red, White and Blue for extra holiday fun! Don’t feel like cooking? Hire a caterer to assist with throwing a fun, stress-free summer party with delicious food for everyone.

DIY decorations are the way to go when throwing party now-a-days. Stars, stripes, flags, and anything red, white and blue can be found at any dollar store. Just stock up on 4th of July products and get crafty! The options are endless; You can decorate mason jars with glitter, cut out stars from cardboard, tie RWB ribbon around chairs – don’t be shy to show your American pride!

You can always stick with the traditional BBQ buffet of burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, potato salad and sweet teas. But why not add a little twist?

Caprese Kabobs are always a hit! Easy to make, enjoy and clean up. Who’s complaining?

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If you wanted to incorporate the 4th of July theme with your kabob, you can just cut your fruit or vegetables in star shapes!

Holidays are the perfect excuse to be “extra” with your beverage presentation. Show your patriotic side by preparing easy 4th of July cocktails to your guests that are over 21, along with non-alcoholic drinks. Serving snow cones with cherry and berry flavors is an easy way to appease all age groups. This allows the kids to have fun making snow cones, and gives the option for adults to add alcohol to their snow cones. Everyone is happy! 🙂

Grab all your friends and huddle around the fire pit, it’s time for strawberry smores! This puts a fun, healthy twist on traditional smores where guests of all ages can still participate. Just place the strawberry on the skewer, slightly melt the marshmellow, and fuse the two together. Hold both over the flame while rotating, and cook till toasted enough for your liking! You might never go back to eating regular smores again.

Raise your flags high and have your party sparkle like a firework!
Do you have any 4th of July traditions? We’d love you to share!

 

BBQ Catering Trends in 2018

People are more in-tune than ever before with what food they are buying and eating among their diets. Food is now a form of entertainment. Ask yourself: how many cooking shows are on TV, nowadays? Most people are paying more attention to the kinds of food they are eating, the food companies that they are supporting, and how food is prepared. Rodeo Wagon is passionate about staying on top of food trends in order to stay in the ‘now’ of what people are interested in eating.

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Check out BBQ Food Catering Trends that are happening this year.

1. Global Fusion
One of the most important components of barbecuing is the way the meat is prepared. Barbecue techniques are changing – now, cooks are embracing all cultures from around the world and bringing it into the kitchen. Since people have more access to connect with people from all around the world, this inspires cooks to adventure with many diverse recipes that can influence the overall flavor of meals. Creating fusion inspired meals can add a special twist to any cookout event, and also allows you to cater to a wide set of pallets and dietary requirements.

2. Non-meat Eaters
Meat-free diners are becoming more common; It is important to offer meal options available for all dietary options. Having a surplus variety of vegetable options is recommended since individuals are becoming more serious about their health and environment. Don’t forget to add fusion flare to the vegetables, you’ll leave with a lot of impressed guests!

3. Local Craft Beer and Wine
People are passionate about supporting local brands, especially when it comes to food and beverages. Though beer and wine have been around for decades, their popularity with millennials is causing a shift in the market. Selling local beers and wines as a caterer is beneficial for everyone – considering caterers give off a “local” and friendly vibe. People are more likely to buy products that are made locally, so now is the time to support our neighbors!

4. Thinner Meats
It’s all about the flavor! When cooking thinner meats, you have the advantage of cooking quickly while still being able to hold onto all the delicious flavors and smokey spice. Thinner meats are more likely to be less fatty and easier to eat – perfect to serve when you have guests over for dinner and wine.

5. Forget the Buns!
After the huge health craze over the negative effects of gluten, many healthy eaters are ditching foods that have gluten in them, which includes bread. Use alternatives such as a lettuce wrap to reduce your calorie intake and enjoy a fresher, crisp meal. You can’t go wrong!

What are your BBQ recommendations? Rodeo Wagon would love to hear!

Reach out to Rodeo Wagon for your next catered event!