It's that time of year again! Time to gather ‘round the television and cheer for your favorite teams. Between now and the end of March, sports lovers will spend their weekends and some week nights watching exciting match ups in football and basketball. No game watching would be complete without friends and good food. A game day spread doesn't have to mean hours spent in the kitchen but can encompass tasty treats created with very little effort. Whether you're hosting a party or attending a gathering, be sure to check out these recipes and helpful tips:
- If you're throwing a party and supplying the food, take it easy on yourself by making no more than 2 items then purchasing and assembling the rest. Purchased items include assorted cold cuts, cheeses and olives; maybe a vegetable or fruit tray, chips or sandwich platter. Valli Produce* in Arlington Heights has a great selection of meats and cheese for a fabulous antipasto.
- Have a potluck assigning each guest a savory or sweet dish.
- To be sure you have enough, plan on 3-4 servings per appetizer per person
- Alcoholic beverages like beer and wine coolers are common. For those attendees who desire a non-alcoholic beverage try a fruity punch mixture made up of equal parts fruit punch, pineapple juice and sprite or ginger ale.
Game Day Nachos
1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
1/8 t. season salt
1/8 t. garlic powder
Dash black pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
1 16 oz. pkg. processed cheese, cubed
1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
Corn tortilla chips
Topping suggestions: green onions, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, sliced black olives, sour cream, salsa, pico de gallo
1) Season the meat with season salt, garlic powder and pepper. Brown ground meat and drain off any fat. If using ground turkey, add 1 T. olive oil to the pan before cooking.
2) Add the onion to the meat and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes
3) In a medium non-reactive saucepan (stainless steel, enamel coated cast iron), add the cheese and can of tomatoes and chilies with liquid. Place on med-low heat.
Note: You can also add the ingredients to a microwave safe dish. Microwave at 70% power stirring occasionally until completed melted.
4) Add the meat mixture to the saucepan and stir until the cheese has completely melted
5) Fill a plate with chips then spoon the cheese sauce over the chips. Enjoy as is or garnish with the suggested toppings.
Dee's Teriyaki Wings
2 lbs. fresh chicken wings, washed, disjointed and tips removed
1 c. soy sauce
1 c. apricot juice
½ medium onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, crushed
½ t. ginger, minced
2 T. Hoisin sauce
¼ c. sugar
Cayenne pepper to taste
1) Combine last eight ingredients in a gallon size sealable plastic bag or a plastic, glass or stainless dish. Add the wings, seal or cover and let marinate overnight in the refrigerator or at least 4 hours.
2) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees then line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
3) Remove the wings from the marinade and place on the baking sheet. Lightly season the wings with salt and black pepper. Pour the marinade in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil for 5 minutes, then turn the heat to low.
4) Bake the wings, basting with the marinade every 15-20 minutes. They should bake approximately 45-60 minutes.
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