Football Foods Thatíll Earn You Points
Whether you’re rooting for your alma mater or your city’s pro players, football season is a chance to kick back and unwind with friends. While buffalo wings and bean dip are always crowd pleasers, maybe it’s time to think outside the box when it comes to game-time snacks. Here are some original ideas, as well as some new twists on old favorites from America’s most popular chefs:
- As host of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Food Network’s Guy Fieri knows how to whip up American classics and guilty pleasures. Instead of burgers, try making his Sloppy Joes with Maui Onion Straws. Give the sloppy-joe mix a kick with some cayenne pepper, ground cumin and Worcestershire sauce, then top it off with fried onions and peppers, all on a sweet Hawaiian roll. For something just for the adults, check out Fieri’s Tequila Bars, a delicious combo of vanilla wafers, pine nuts, lime juice and, of course, tequila. Find the recipes at www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/sloppy-joes-with-maui-onion-straws-recipe/index.html and www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tequila-bars-recipe/index.html.
- If you want to take your tailgating skills to the next level, learn how to prepare meat like the pros. At Food and Wine magazine’s website, you can browse countless recipes from both established and up-and-coming chefs. On the list of experts is Tom Colicchio, judge of Bravo’s hit show Top Chef. His Braised Short Ribs will get anyone’s mouth watering, and his trick is to marinate the short ribs along with vegetables in wine, then discard the vegetables and braise the ribs with a fresh batch. Colicchio uses dry red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon, to create his masterpiece. Impress your fellow football fans by using his recipe, found at www.foodandwine.com/recipes/braised-short-ribs.
- Paula Deen is known for transforming southern foods into internationally loved dishes, and her sons Jamie and Bobby have learned a thing or two from their famous mom. As avid Georgia football fans, the Deen brothers have designed the perfect snacks to accompany game-day entertaining. Try cooking up some of their Deep-fried Pickles with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce or Kickoff Chili Cheese Dip. Both recipes are listed as easy to make and suitable for large crowds. For something a little more advanced, try the End Zone Egg Rolls with Sour Cream Salsa Verde, made with ground chuck, Monterey Jack cheese and black beans. Check out more Deen family favorites, like the Backfield BLT Dip, at www.thedeenbros.com.
There are plenty of dishes that can be made quickly and easily, whether you’re hosting at the house or off tailgating elsewhere. Get creative and experiment with different ingredients to create football foods all your own.