Recipe Box, Greens, Birdies and Sand Traps

at the Masters


If there is a golfer in your family, you know about the Masters, THE golf tournament of the year…

The fans gather around every green or their TVs, watching every shot on the edge of their seats, awaiting the winner and this year’s proud wearer of the Green Jacket, the winner of the most coveted title in the world of golf…Masters Champion at Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Georgia.

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These Master’s themed recipes can bring some  ⛳️  to your table

Pimento Cheese sandwiches are a long standing tradition at the Augusta National, and you can make them a little fancier by using croissants, and adding strawberry or Bacon Jam and Praline Pecans


pimento cheese croissants


Or make Crostini with Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam and Praline Pecans

Be sure to use Georgia Pecans!


pimento cheese & bacon jam crostini


Of course a golfer needs plenty of greens, like this 5 Minute Prep recipe Krazy Kale


krazy kale


To inspire some birdies, I recommend Marco Polo Chicken on a bed of salad greens



twisted chicken marco polo


And just for fun, make some sand traps



sand dollar dessert


and serve Sand Dollars for dessert!


sand dollar cookies


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Party Pimento Cheese Croissants

  • Servings: varied
  • Difficulty: easy
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fresh croissants

strawberry perserves, optional

Pimento Cheese

8 oz log Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar

8 oz log Cracker Barrel Vermont White Cheddar

4 oz chopped pimentos, well drained

1/4-1/2 cup Duke’s or Hellman’s mayonnaise

pepper to taste

Shred cheeses. Place cheese and drained tomatoes into a food processor with 1/4 cup mayo and pulse just a few times until just mixed.  Check to see if mixture holds together.  If it is too dry add more mayo, 1-2 T and pulse once or twice.  Check and add additional mayo until you get the consistency you want.  Use just enough mayonnaise to bind, you want to taste the cheese, not the mayo. Do not overmix!  Makes about 2 1/2 cups.  Keep in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Praline Pecans

1 cup pecan halves

1 T unsalted butter

dash olive oil

1/4 cup brown sugar

salt and pepper

Melt butter in skillet.  Add a dash of olive oil to keep butter from burning.  Add pecans and brown sugar.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook and stir over medium 4-5 minutes until nuts begin to caramelize.  Don’t walk away, this happens fast!  Remove nuts to a piece of wax paper to cool.  Salt.  Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid.  Makes 1 cup

Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam

1 lb sliced Maple bacon, cut into one inch pieces

1 sweet onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup brewed coffee

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup real maple syrup

2 T light brown sugar

1/4 cup bourbon

Cooked diced bacon over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until crisp.  Drain on paper towels.  Pour off bacon grease from skillet, reserving 2 T.  Cook onion until soft, 5-8 minutes, then add garlic and cook 1 more minute.  Return bacon to skillet with remaining ingredients and let simmer on very low heat for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally,  until liquid has reduced and mixture is jam like.  Transfer to a lidded jar and refrigerate for up to 1 month.  Makes 1 cup.

Slice croissants in half horizontally.  Spread bottom halves with pimento cheese.  Spread top halves with strawberry preserves or bacon jam.  Place several pecans on top of pimento cheese and place top halves spread side down on top of cheese and pecan halves.  Cut croissants into smaller sections, 1/2s or 1/3s  for serving.

Bacon Jam is wonderful on eggs, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, sandwiches and vegetables.  For a slow cooker version click here

Click on the green highlighted titles for links to the other recipes

You can see more recipes for Sunday at the Masters here


masters sunday


We’ll be rooting for our Birmingham buddy, Smylie Kaufman today,  do you have a  favorite golfer?


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&J, The ScoopA Stroll Thru Life 

Crafty Staci,   Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday

Full Plate Thursday, Share Your Style, Work it Wednesday

Home Matters, Idea BoxGet Your DIY On, Poofing the Pillows

15 Responses to “Recipe Box, Greens, Birdies and Sand Traps”
  1. Jodi says:

    what a yummy golfer’s delight!

  2. Hi Jenna, great round-up of good-looking recipes and the Marco Polo chicken looks delicious sitting on that fresh bed of greens.

    Lovely browse and I’m glad I popped over.

  3. Emily says:

    Wow, yum all the way. I love pimento cheese and the croissants will be on my menu soon.
    Enjoy your Sunday Jenna……..

  4. Lynn says:

    Oooh, I’ll have some pimento cheese please:@)

  5. lulu says:

    Just finished watching and I do love the thrill of victory! We didn’t have such goodies to eat!

  6. Mary says:

    Jenna, I’ve got to whip up some bacon jam and I love the idea of pimento cheese paired with strawberry preserves on a croissant! Your sand traps and dollars are adorable too 🙂

  7. Kitty says:

    Hi Jenna! You’ve thought of everything to satisfy the golf loving folks! Pimento cheese on a croissant with strawberry preserves, please, and I’d loved a sand trap with a sand dollar, for dessert! It’s always fun eating at your place!!

  8. Kim says:

    How fun! Thanks for leading me to your sand dollar desserts. They look divine! Also, forgot to mention in my comment there. I pinned it for later reference. 🙂

  9. Jenna, as always you are spot on with yumminess! I would love the pimento cheese…a favorite o mine! Happy Monday!

  10. Lisa says:

    Omg! I want to try the paminto cheese crassants and the kale dish! Looks soo good!!

  11. Claire says:

    So many yummy foods to look at. Everything looks delicious 🙂

  12. Rhonda says:

    Bacon jam??? Oh my, sounds too yummy! Got to try it! Everything looks delicious and so pretty, too! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  13. JESS44903 says:

    Everything looks so tasty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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