Feeding the Humans at the Stock Show: Easy Stall Side Recipes
Each of us have a packing list when it comes to stock shows. My husband Mike and the boys check our show box and feed supplies. Each of us pack our own travel bag. And then, I pack the menu for the time we’ll be gone. Showing livestock is expensive enough without adding in the cost of eating out all the time. Over the years, we’ve discovered a lot of recipes that freeze
well and can then be cooked in the crockpot while we’re washing or showing. So here you go, a
short menu for stall side meals.
Breakfast burritos: This one can be challenging, but we’ve done breakfast burrito filling in the crockpot to warm up and lay the packet of tortillas on top to heat them up a little. A jar of salsa and a little sour cream and cheddar jack will top them off nicely. Here's a great recipe from The Pioneer Woman.
If you do a low carb diet you can just leave out the potatoes and put the fillings in a bowl. Success for all!
Breakfast muffins: We also have done breakfast muffins and just reheated them in the crockpot too. To make, them you simply whisk some eggs with a little milk. Brown a pound of sausage along with an onion and a pepper or two. Allow to cool slightly. Mix into eggs. Add cheese and spoon into a mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 350 for about 10 to 15 minutes until golden and eggs are set. Freeze and pull out as needed.
This is usually our quickest meal of the day because you never know what will be going on midday. We may be between classes, we may be getting ready for another contest or we may just be chillin' in the stalls.
Sandwiches - In the summer, cold meat sandwiches make an appearance once or twice, but for the colder months, we rely on the crockpot yet again. BBQs, spoonburgers, sloppy joes - whatever you call them, we use this recipe to make them. I’ve served these to youth groups, 4-H groups, FFA kids, family gatherings and stock show lunches. It makes a good sized batch which is good for sharing with other families and getting to know them a bit better.
Italian Roast Beef: Another recipe that a friend suggested was this Italian Roast Beef. It also feeds a crew.
Beef Taquitos - And yet another friend suggested these taquitos. Sides can be anything from fresh fruit and veggies to Cowboy Beans, chips to 5 Minute Pressure Cooker Potato Salad.
At multi-day stock shows, we usually have a grill along with us. We’re fire it up and do
some burgers or steaks, Hobo Surprise packets, or brats. Sides can be fried tators with a cast
iron skillet on the grill, sautéed squash with onions, peppers and onions, fresh veggies or even a
baked potato from the crockpot.
Oh, what about that crockpot? There’s usually NOT hot water at the show, right? Just fill it up
with some water, turn it on high and let it heat up for a bit. Add soap, wash, rinse with cold
water and you’re ready to go again! And while you’re at it, you could get Mom a new crockpot
that just goes to shows and some zip lock baggies for leftovers for Christmas, kids. (Hint, hint.)