Word on the street is that there is some sort of game on this weekend.
Well, I don’t know anything about sports, but I do like to think that I know a thing or two about snacks.
So, for your convenience, I have gathered a few of my game-party friendly recipes in one place!
Is it chili in here?
What is better than a big pot of chili when some friends come over to watch the game? It is easy to make a big batch, and simple to keep it warm for a long time. You may not believe this, but I just so happen to have a few different recipes for chili, such as my Game Day Chili.
If you are one that believes chili should not even be sitting next to a bean, you could try my Coney Island Chile. It is just as tasty on its own as it is on hot dogs, burgers, potatoes or anything thing else that you feel is lacking in chili.
For those of you who are ok with beans in your chili, how about throwing in some corn too, just like in my Everyday Chili?
Or How About Some Pulled Stuff?
Another crowd-pleaser is pulled pork. And guess what? Coincidentally, I happen to have a recipe for just such a dish. This is a tasty pulled pork with a North Carolina style vinegar-based sauce.
For something slightly lighter (but just slightly), you could whip up my Pulled Turkey recipe, which has a South Carolina mustard-based sauce.
So take your pick.Chili or BBQ! And enjoy the game, whatever sport it is.
Also coming this weekend, a new recipe for Hainanese chicken.
OK, I’ll admit it right off the bat. I never understood the attraction of “The Game”. I don’t watch “The Game”, and just stand there with a blank expression on my face when someone asks me what I thought of “The Game”. And now I am led to believe that this coming weekend is not only “The Game”, but “The BIG Game”. Which means a week of people at work asking me who I “like” in “The BIG Game”, and once again I will offer my patented blank expression.
Although I may not understand the attraction of “The BIG Game”, I most definitely understand the attraction of drinking beer and eating tasty snacks. I have noticed over the past few days an increase in the number of views for my “Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork“, which leads me to believe that due to the Great Chicken Wing Drought of ’13, people are looking for alternatives to serve during “TBG”.
I have long delayed posting a chilli recipe, mainly because I am constantly tweaking my recipe, trying to come up with the perfect bowl of chili. Secondly, because many people have a very specific definition of what constitutes chili, and anything that I post is not going to fit into some people’s definition of proper chili.
But, “What the hey?”, I thought. If people are looking for chicken wing alternatives, at least I can broaden their choices a little bit, so I decided to call this particular version of my chili recipe “Game Day” Chili. Why did I call it “Game Day” chili? Why, just to jump on the bandwagon, of course!
I made this with no beans, for no other reason than that is how I like it. If you prefer beans, stir in a can or two of your favorite beans after pressure cooking and let it simmer for a few minutes. It won’t send me on a wild rampage up the nearest clock tower screaming “CHILI DOESN’T HAVE BEANS, DAMMIT!!!” To each his own, I say. I’m sure some will already give me flack for using ground meat instead of cubes, not to mention the inclusion of tomatoes. This recipe is a bit of an amalgamation of various styles, for instance, I borrowed the allspice from Cincinnati chili, but now it is something I put in all my chili, helping to create what I consider my perfect chili.
For the beef, I bought some bottom round and ground it myself, which is something I’ve been doing lately, and if you already own a stand mixer, I highly recommend that you spring for the meat grinder attachment. I got one for my Bosch, and if you have a Kitchen Aid, they make one also. I think it makes a big difference compared to just buying a package of pre-ground “hamburger”, but if you don’t have a grinder, don’t worry, it will taste fine. I went many years without one.
This recipe makes 4-6 servings. If you have a big gang coming over, you can easily double (as long as your pressure cooker is large enough).
So, give this a try for “The BIG Game”, and as always your comments are welcomed and encouraged. Enjoy!