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Simple, winning recipes that score off the sports field

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After a year of anticipation, the fall sports season is back again. The excitement that comes with being a dedicated fan deserves an equally incredible meal to indulge in on game day. These three recipes are a simple take on classic fan food to accompany any sports match.

 

Slow Cooker Chili

https://vimeo.com/298261207

 

This recipe is the ideal dish to bring to a potluck watch party. Portions are easily adjustable to accommodate a large or small group of people. The chili is prepared in a slow cooker and has a prep time of about 20 minutes.

This chili is a sure tummy-warmer that everyone will love.

This chili is a sure tummy-warmer that everyone will love.

Ingredients

28 oz. can of kidney beans

28 oz. canned diced tomatoes

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1/2 onion

chili seasoning (Carroll Shelby’s Chili Kit recommended)

 

Directions

Brown the lean ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked and place in the slow cooker. Dice half an onion and sauté the pieces over medium heat until golden brown. Add the onions to the slow cooker, as well as the can of diced tomatoes and kidney beans. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly and add all of the chili seasoning. Set the slow cooker to high, heat and cook for two hours.

 

Kickin’ Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo wings are arguably the most recognizable game day food. Although usually served fried, grilling them is just as delicious. The key to perfect wings is using the right sauce. Frank’s RedHot Wings Sauce is considered to be the original wing sauce, which can be found online, if not at most supermarkets. It is important to remember that the spicier the sauce, the more authentic. However, this recipe can be replicated with other brand’s sauces as well.

Ingredients for the buffalo wings

Ingredients for the buffalo wings

Ingredients

24 chicken wings

2 tbsp olive oil

ground pepper to taste

salt to taste

2 small cloves of garlic

buffalo sauce (Frank’s RedHot Wings Sauce recommended) to taste

Dip in buffalo sauce to finish off these wings.

Finish off these wings by dipping them into buffalo sauce.

Directions

Rinse the chicken wings and pat them dry with a towel. Place them in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add in salt and pepper, then crush the garlic into the bowl with a garlic presser. Mix the oil, spices and garlic well so that they coat each of the chicken wings. To cook the wings, grill over medium heat until brown and crispy. Another option is to use the oven, where the wings are broiled for the first 20 minutes, and baked for the last 20 minutes. Roll the wings in sauce to finish.  For those who do not prefer spice, they can be enjoyed plain as well.

Crispy Potato Wedge Fries

These potato wedges are a fresh twist on typical french fries, and are instantly addicting. With a quick prep time, these wedges are considered a bit more healthy than the original fried version. Not only are they fitting on game day, but also appropriate for meals on all occasions.

 

Ingredients

6 Yukon Gold potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

2 small cloves of garlic

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Start by rinsing the potatoes and cutting them into eighths; they should resemble apple slices. Place the slices in a large bowl and add olive oil, then salt and pepper to taste. Use a garlic press to crush the garlic cloves into the bowl and mix thoroughly. Grill over medium heat until crispy and light brown and serve with ketchup or any dipping sauce.

 

All these recipes can be modified to fit any occasion or personal preferences. Although the dishes themselves stand out, they are not complete without a heart-pounding sports game. So go grab a bunch of friends, share some mouth-watering food and cheer on a favorite team!

 

About the Contributor
Maria Alexander, News Editor

Maria Alexander is a junior at Redwood High School and a news editor for the Bark. She plays varsity soccer at Redwood and is a volunteer at The Marine...

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