Western Food Ideas

Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Recipes | 16 comments


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Having a Western party? Here are some Western Food Ideas that are fun to serve.  I did many of these for my last Oma and Opa’s Camp (Grandma & Grandpa) .  I like to have kids prepare some of the food themselves so many of these work well for kids doing part of the preparation. They have fun participating in making their food and it helps me, too!

For an adult party, I have served chili or Bar-B-Que Beef, too. Those foods don’t work too well with kids, especially in the summer. However, for adults or kids, it’s fun to add a few of these western food ideas .



1. Wagon Wheels

I found this snack that looked like wagon wheels. They were perfect for a kid’s snack and would be great for an appetizer snack at an adult party. They come in both peanut butter or cheese filled! They look like wagon wheels to me!

Western Food Ideas


2. Cactus Juice

This green drink looked good and tasted great! The kids wanted the recipe (don’t tell their moms that it had a bunch of sugar)! Take green Kool-aid (mix according to directions), add lime sherbet and mix in some Sprite or lemon-lime carbonated drink!  So simple!

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3. Cowboy Bedrolls

Cowboys roll up their beds and carry them with them so I thought these looked like bedrolls! The real name is Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups. The kids helped make these and they were so-o-o-o GOOD! The recipe is found here. Great for dessert served with a little ice cream!

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 4. Nuggets

What kid doesn’t like chicken nuggets? These nuggets are far better than those bought pre-made in the store!

Simply cut boneless chicken breasts into approx. 1 inch cubes. Dredge chicken in flour, dip into an egg wash and roll in Panko bread crumbs. Place in a little hot olive oil or vegetable oil and fry turning to brown all sides! Keep warm in oven until served. De-lish! The Panko bread crumbs are the best!

Use these “Nuggets” as appetizers for adults or as a main course for children.



5. Little Doggies

Cowboys refer to the cattle as “little doggies” so I used this old idea of rolling up hot dogs in crescent rolls. I cut the hot dogs in half and then each child rolled their “doggies” up!

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6. Cowboy Pizza Pockets

For this meal, we ate by the campfire. I used several pie irons. They are available through many outdoor and hunting stores. I had spaghetti sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and cooked spaghetti that they could put into their “pizza pockets”. Spray each side of the pie irons with a no-stick cooking spray. (Hint: The square ones work the best!) Then butter one side of the bread and lay the buttered side down on each side of the irons. Spread spaghetti sauce on each side. One one side put the fillings of choice. Close up the iron and lay in the coals for approx  3-5 minutes turning once during that time. (times vary due to how hot the coals are). Open and cut in half! You can cut off the crusts ahead of time or cut off burned crusts before opening.

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7. Western Omelets

These were omelets made in a freezer bag. See directions here.

Western Food Ideas   Western Omelets


8. Cowpies

The cowpies are cookies. I found several different recipes on Pinterest. Since I didn’t have enough Rice Krispies as the recipe called for, I substituted some honey oats along with the Rice Krispies. I think any cereal would work!  Here is the recipe I followed with those substitutions.  Click here.


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 Almost forgot one………

9. Armpit Ice Cream!

The kids really wondered what this was going to be.  I told them that out west, they had to make their own ice cream. I gave them a towel so it wouldn’t be so cold on their armpits or hands when making it.

Take three freezer bags ( one quart and two gallon) In the quart bag, mix 1/2 cup half and half, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and seal the bag very well!

In the gallon bag, place ice cubes, approx 3 tbsp. Coarse Salt (I used ice cream salt).  Now place small bag into the ice and seal the gallon bag very well! Get as much air out as possible. Place in a second bag and seal well. Now, place under armpit and shake and squeeze. Shake in you hands, too. Just be careful that the bags don’t break! Shake for about 10-15 minutes until ice cream forms. Take small bags out of the large and place in freezer for about 30 minutes. Serve “armpit” ice cream with the bedrolls!

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Other ideas include corn as “gold”, cucumber slices as “silver dollars”, beef jerky as “boot leather”…….etc.  I’m sure you can come up with more ideas, too! If you want to make it really Western, serve your meal on aluminum pie plates and use red western bandanas for napkins!

Have Fun!

Phyllis (Oma)

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  1. All great ideas! I never heard of “armpit ice cream”, but I know some little boys that would have so much fun with that! Pinned. Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

    • Keep them guessing what Armpit Ice Cream is going to be. That’s half the fun!

  2. What a GREAT idea! I have 4 tiny granddaughters so I could do a cowgirl party!!! This is my first time visiting, I came over from Monday Funday! Thank you for linking up! ox

    • Glad to have you stop by! Come again!

  3. My little boy would have a blast with the armpit ice cream! Very clever food ideas!

    • Yes, he would! Be sure to double bag it and provide some protection from the cold!

  4. What a fun post full of fantastic ideas! Your littles look like they are having a blast.

    • Thanks and ,yes, they had a lot of fun!

  5. I never thought of a cowboy party but this would be great for my kids. In fact, I’d quite like a Wild West party for my own birthday. I love that Western vibe even if I do live in the UK! Thanks for all the ideas and for linking up at the Creative Home and Garden Hop. You just got featured so please come and grab your button at http://mumtopia.blogspot.com/2013/09/guilt-free-chicken-nuggets-and-creative.html

    • Thank you and I’ll pop on over!

  6. This is really cute! Where would one get pie irons?

    • You can get them online or if you don’t want to pay shipping, Gander Mountain or Cabellas if they are near you!

  7. What a wonderful list of food ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. We call the cowboy pizza irons Hobo Pies. My husband likes to make some with Boar’s Head Garlic Baloney and cheese. I love how crispy the edges get in the fire.

    • Oooh! Those sound good! I think you can put just about anything in them! Thanks for your comment!

  8. What fantastic ideas! I love armpit ice-cream and the kids must have loved eating out by the camp fire so much. I haven’t done that for so long. I might have to get my family some pie irons!

    • Yes, you can use those pie irons with pie filling inside, too! Makes a tasty dessert!

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