Gameday Grub: Prepare Thy Wassail!

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Updated: November 22, 2012
Keep the holiday chill at bay with a steaming mug of Chef Aaron Bowers' old-fashioned Wassail.

Keep the holiday chill at bay with a steaming mug of Chef Aaron Bowers’ old-fashioned Wassail.

I can hear the question already: “What is a Wassail?”

Well, in short, a Wassail is an old English tradition. It is a spiced punch similar to a hot apple cider. This Wassail is perfect to keep you warm on those cold holiday nights. This is a fairly simplified version of an old classic, but just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s not tasty.

What you need 

  • 6 small apples, cored (preferably Fuji but any small, tart apple will do)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 72 ounces ale (if you can find an apple-flavored ale, by all means use that)
  • 48 oz hard apple cider
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 whole allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches long
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs, separated

To the kitchen 

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Put the apples into an 8-inch by 8-inch glass baking dish. Spoon the brown sugar into the center of each apple, dividing the sugar evenly among them. Pour the cider into the bottom of the dish and bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

Pour the ale and cider into a large slow cooker (a 5-quart CrockPot will do). Put the cloves, allspice, and cinnamon into a small muslin bag or cheesecloth, tied with kitchen twine, and add to the slow cooker along with the ginger and nutmeg. Set the slow cooker to medium heat and bring the mixture to at least 120°F. Do not boil.

Add egg whites to a medium bowl beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Put the egg yolks into a separate bowl and beat until lightened in color and frothy, approximately 2 minutes. Add the egg whites to the yolks and beat with hand mixer just until combined. Slowly add 4 to 6 ounces of the alcohol mixture from the slow cooker to the egg mixture, beating with hand mixer on low speed. Return this mixture to slow cooker and whisk to combine.

Add apples and liquid from baking dish to the wassail and stir to combine. Ladle into cups and serve.

Gameday Chat

While you’re sipping your mug on this chilly Thanksgiving Day, join us for some hot gameday chat!

About the author(s)

Born and raised in Ashland, Wisconsin, where he still lives today after 29 years, Chef Aaron Bowers serves as the culinary correspondent for the Water Cooler Sports Network. Surrounded by Green Bay Packers fans his whole life, he by default became a Packers fan — just in time, too, as his first football memory was the game in which quarterback Don Majkowski injured his ankle and was replaced by a young backup named Brett Favre. When not watching football, he enjoys cooking, having made his living in the food industry for about six years, before moving on to a more comfortable day job. He also enjoys other sports such as mixed martial arts and major league baseball. He is the brains behind our weekly Gameday Grub feature and can be reached with questions, comments or suggestions for future recipes at .

118 comments
Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

when was the last time Kent St was a ranked team?

 

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Gabes, the new article is messing up the homepage because it doesn't have any of the pictures chosen as the main picture.  

Childerz...
Childerz...

You know what sucks....... I have to work on my birthday that sucks. 

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

To be honest, I don't know if that was an intentional kick by Suh.  That being said, I am also unsure that Suh deserves the benefit of the doubt either.

G & G
G & G moderator

Jim Schwartz:

Houndog
Houndog

Good Morning, I just got up, Has Jerry Jones given Jason Garrett hi "Vote of Confidence" yet? Or are we still waiting?

Doctor ϟ Professor ☧
Doctor ϟ Professor ☧ moderator

is Luke here? i offered him a trade in FF and today is the last day..if he pops up tell him for me. i think its fair but he can counter offer as well.

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

So now the Detroit Lions are officially mathematically eliminated from the NFC North Crown.  With 2 matchups between Minnesota and Chicago, 2 more between Minnesota and Green Bay and one between Green Bay and Chicago, there is no possible way that the winner is less than 9-7, but more importantly, that it is impossible for whoever gets there to be worse than the Lions' 2-4 in the division.

G & G
G & G moderator

Suh is a scumbag. He lost the “benefit of the doubt” about 15 cheap shots ago!!!

Johnathan Wood
Johnathan Wood moderator

Speaking of the Jets, it's gotta almost be Tebow Time, right?

G & G
G & G moderator

  Today?

Childerz...
Childerz...

  No 100% intentional... you don't accidentally FLAIL your leg like that... you just don't. 

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  It looked intentional, as he was going over, he gave shaub a good hard look. He knew he had to swing his foot that direction in order to hit him. 

G & G
G & G moderator

   He lost the “benefit of the doubt” about 15 cheap shots ago!!!

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

  I really think we need to ask the man upstairs about this matter.

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

  I think the way Jerry Jones runs the Cowboys is as much, if not more to blame for any coaching blunders.  He micromanages that team and the fact that he insist on being the GM prohibits the Cowboys from acquiring top notch coaching talent.  He is a fantastic business man, and he would be fine making business decisions, but you let football guys make football decisions.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  and the trolls come out.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  pfft whatever, incidental hit. Who gives a fuck.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

  there did seem to be a noticeable "jerk" in his leg as it was falling to he ground 

Childerz...
Childerz...

  yes sir.... the big 27... although after the meal I ate yesterday I feel about 78

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

  I agree, but I just didn't see any forcible kicking motion.

Houndog
Houndog

  100% in agreement, he should go back to doing what made him his money, and leave the football to football people. The dough-boys ain't been shit since Jimmy Johnson's team began to age and dissolve.

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

  Shall we troll the gulag? I'm on there right meow. I saw you were there.

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

  How is that trolling?  This is a site where we cover the NFC North.  The Lions now have no shot of winning it.  That's news

G & G
G & G moderator

  Incidental?

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

    Isn't the something in the Bible about ribs?

G & G
G & G moderator

  "Rise Lord Childerz"

*Emperor Palpatine voice*

G & G
G & G moderator

  Happy Birthday Lord Childerz!!!!

G & G
G & G moderator

  Yes

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

  I agree.  Like we both said, if it is 50-50, the NFL, with Suh's reputation will err on the side of intentional

G & G
G & G moderator

  With Suh nobody knows...

Childerz...
Childerz...

    - Jimmy Johnson however, took that talent and molded them into a Dynasty.... Jones had 0 to do with that. 

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

  And to be honest he butted heads with Jimmy Johnson so much that he left.  Jones tries to take way too much credit for that early 90s Cowboys team.  While he did engineer that Herschel Walker trade, I think it was more ineptitude on Minny's behalf than it was genius on his.

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

  Fair enough. I'll do enough for the both of us. 

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  the quality of humor has gone waaaaaay down there.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  nah, i need to get back to work.

G & G
G & G moderator

    Denial:

A refusal to comply with or satisfy a request.A refusal to grant the truth of a statement or allegation; a contradiction.

Law.

The opposing by a defendant of an allegation of the plaintiff.A refusal to accept or believe something, such as a doctrine or belief.

Psychology.

An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings. 

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

    Explain to me how I troll?  I don't put things out there trying to get a bite.  I put things out there because that is that is genuinely what I feel on the issue.  Saying the Lions are mathematically eliminated from the division.  That is current news based upon what we cover here.

G & G
G & G moderator

    Whatever...

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

    I've had years to deal with this stuff. I'm just calling it as I see it. Everyone knows gabes is a troll. I'm not even trying to be mean about it. I thought he knew.

G & G
G & G moderator

    Calm down Evil, it's not Gabes' fault that your team sucks!

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  Well that it is a shame you don't see it.

Gabes22
Gabes22 moderator

  How is that trolling?  And no, I don't agree I troll.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  Gabes, your a troll and you know it. It's what you do.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

  if it's unrelenting dread then yes!

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq.

  Walkin in Memphis... do you really feel the way I feel?

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

  i'm thinking more of a Memphis style 

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

   yeah something like on the 7th day god invented a smoker and taught Adam how to barbecue ribs and it was good. or something like that