Host a Masters golf party
November 03, 2020
One of the four major championships in professional golf, the Masters Tournament has been held since 1934 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Usually held in April, because of COVID-19, it was moved to November 12–15, 2020.
The tournament is known for its signature moments, including Tiger Woods becoming the youngest player ever to win at the age of 21 in 1997 and Jack Nicklaus becoming the oldest champion at 46 in 1986. There are also the signature sites, including Magnolia Lane, Amen Corner, and the Butler Cabin, where the Green Jacket is awarded to the winner.
Another aspect of the tournament, which doesn’t get as much attention, is the food that is unique to the event and would be the centerpiece of a Masters viewing party. Among the traditional dishes are pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches, pound cake, and the Azalea Cocktail. The recipes for these are below, along with some caprese appetizers that are served on golf tees.
We suggest that the table or buffet be presented “on the green,” which would include our Green Flower Market enamelware. For a little variety, add some Courtly Check in everything from plates to glassware.
With that said, let’s take a swing at hosting a Masters party. Or should we say “par-tee”?
Pimento cheese sandwiches
3 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded yellow sharp cheddar cheese
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (4-ounce) jar sliced pimentos, drained
1 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
10 slices white bread
Combine cheeses, pimentos, mayonnaise, and mustard in a food processor and process until smooth. Cover and chill. Spread on bread slices. Makes five sandwiches.
Egg salad sandwiches
12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and finely grated
½ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill pickle
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
10 slices white bread with crusts removed
Combine all ingredients except bread into large mixing bowl. Use the back of a fork to mash ingredients together until evenly combined and smooth. Generously spread a layer of the egg mixture on top of 5 of the bread slices, topping each with a remaining slice of bread. Cut sandwiches into halves or quarters and serve.
Did you know? At the Masters, the pimento and egg salad sandwiches are served in green cellophane bags. We wrapped them in strips of green scrapbook paper that’s secured with golf tees.
2 sticks butter softened to room temperature
2⅔ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 8-ounce carton sour cream
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter and sugar well.
Add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Stir soda into sour cream, allowing it to dissolve.
Add flour and sour cream to butter mixture and mix well to combine.
Mix in vanilla.
Pour into a greased and floured tube or bundt pan.
Place cake in cold oven, then turn on oven to 300 degrees and bake for 1 hour. Do not open door while baking.
Increase temperature to 325 degrees and continue baking for 15 minutes longer.
Cook on rack 15 minutes and remove to plate or cooling rack.
1½ ounces gin
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
Lemon wedge to garnish
Combine gin, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and grenadine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain contents into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with lemon wedge or cut strawberry and serve.
Caprese tomato bites
Cherry tomatoes, 1 pint
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small chunks
Thread cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves onto golf tees.
Makes 1 dozen.