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Bruschetta is the best appetizer for election night.

Tuesday, Nov. 3 is almost upon us. People are counting down the days, waiting to see what happens. When that night comes, chances are you will either be partying or huddled up on the couch. So I have created the perfect menu that works for both scenarios. I even made one of the recipes myself!

Drinks

Ruby red-tini

Try this ruby red-tini on election night.

To start the night off on a more fun note, I picked a red drink and a blue drink to remind us why we love America.

First off is the Ruby Red-tini from lovetoknow. This martini is the perfect mix of sweet and sour. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce ruby grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce grenadine 
  • 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin
  • twist of lime for garnish 

Instructions: 

  • Chill a cocktail glass
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, grenadine and gin
  • Add ice and shake
  • Garnish with the twist  

Second is the Electric lemonade from Tasteessence. This blue drink also incorporates sweet and sour to ignite your tastebuds. 

Electric Lemonade

Sizzle your tastebuds with this electric lemonade.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of sweet and sour mix
  • 2 ounces of 7-Up soda
  • 1 ounce of vodka 
  • 1 ounce of blue curacao liqueur 

Instructions:

  • Combine vodka, blue curacao liqueur, sweet and sour mix and strain into a glass
  • Fill up the glass with soda
  • Add ice cubes 
  • Garnish with a slice of lime and a cherry 

Appetizers

Time to set out some appetizers for your guests. These are sure to keep everyones hands busy instead of stressing out or pacing the room.

Bruschetta

This bruschetta appetizer was easy to make and tastes even better.

This bruschetta recipe from allrecipes is simple and the balsamic vinegar gives it a kick.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 1/4 tea spoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 tea spoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf of french bread 

Instructions:

  • In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, basil, cheese and garlic
  • Mix in the balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper. 
  • Serve on toasted slices of bread

This is the easiest artichoke dip from allrecipes and it tastes amazing with pita chips. 

Artichoke dip

Dip into this artichoke dip creamy goodness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
  • Combine the artichoke hearts, mayo and cheese and mix well
  • Spread mixture in a 9x13-inch baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown

Entree

Try a well-known favorite of President Trump: meatloaf. This recipe from allrecipes only takes an hour and 10 minutes to prepare. 

Meatloaf

The perfect main course for election night festivities, meatloaf.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread crumbs.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9-inch loaf pan
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. mix well and pour over the meatloaf
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

Sides

Here are a few sides originating from different countries (in case you want to move somewhere else after the election).

The Food Network labels these the "Perfect French Fries."

French fries

French fries are always necessary, especially on a night like this.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds russet potatoes
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • sea salt

Instructions:

  • Peel and rinse potatoes. Cut them into vertical pieces
  • Place the sticks in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak for 2-3 hours
  • Drain the water and lay the sticks on baking sheets lined with paper towels. Blot with paper towels to dry
  • Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees. Cook the potatoes until soft for around 4 to 5 minutes. Make sure not to brown yet
  • Drain on new, dry paper towels
  • Turn up the heat until the oil reaches 400 degrees. Cook the fries until they are golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels again
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy. 
Greek salad

Add some greens into your election night with this greek salad recipe.

Simply Recipes combines fresh ingredients for a delicious Greek salad. 

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large plum tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cucumber, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives (preferably brine-cured), coarsely chopped
  • A heaping half cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions:

  • First, make the dressing. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, oregano and dill together until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  • Then, mix the salad ingredients. Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell peppers and olives into a bowl. 
  • Toss with dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and serve

Dessert

Finally, dessert is here. It's not hard to find a picture of Joe Biden smiling and eating an ice cream cone. His favorite flavor is chocolate chip so of course I found a recipe from The Spruce Eats.

Chocolate chip ice cream

Time for a sweet treat, and nothing hits the spot like chocolate chip ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions:

  • Combine the heavy cream, milk, sugar, and corn syrup in a large saucepan. Place over medium heat until it begins to boil
  • Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl with the salt
  • Remove the cream mixture from heat and pour it into the egg yolks while you are whisking them
  • Whisk this mixture some more and then return to the saucepan on low heat
  • Cook, stirring until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Whisk in the vanilla extract
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl to cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours
  • Put this custard into an ice cream machine and begin churning
  • Place a bowl into the freezer so it will be cold when the ice cream is ready
  • Chop the chocolate and place it into a bowl over simmering water. Stir in the vegetable oil and continue heating until melted. Let the chocolate cool slightly
  • Put the chocolate into a small food storage bag, press out the air and seal
  • When the ice cream is softly frozen, snip a tiny corner off the chocolate bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the ice cream while it is churning. The chocolate will harden and form chocolate chips 
  • Transfer this ice cream mixture to the cold bowl and freeze until solid

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