Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NFL Season: what do you cook?

Game Day meals can be so much more than pizza or bratwurst. What's a bratwurst? If you're not from the Midwest, you probably don't want to know. It's kind of like really knowing the ingredients in sausage - a little too much information.

Last week Chuck made his version of Philly Cheese steak on French bread. Our Green Bay Packers proceeded to beat the Philadelphia Eagles on their home turf for the first time in nigh on 50 seasons.

This could become a tradition or even a superstition, if we're not careful. The second weekend of the NFL regular season, Gang Green and Gold lined up to play the Buffalo Bills. What to make? Buffalo burgers? No, Chuck isn't fond of bison meat. Buffalo chicken wings or nuggets? I'm not fond of nuggets, and Chuck didn't know what to do about the sauce. Well, that's never stopped us before, has it? Time to search the cookbooks and the Internet!

Chuck bought our Buffalo wings this time, but I did a little research so we could make them next time.

We found a Taste of Home recipe for chicken nuggets from scratch. I could handle these.

Then I looked into one of my go-to cookbooks, 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store for a buffalo chicken recipe. She had a buffalo chicken sandwich, and it looked easy enough for a game day lunch!

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients;
4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup hot sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup butter
4 rolls (or hamburger buns)
4 slices lettuce
4 slices onion

Combine flour, garlic salt and pepper. Coat chicken well in the flour mixture. Heat butter and hot sauce in a small pan on stove just until butter melts; turn heat to low, cover and keep warm on stove top. Heat oil in large skillet, and cook chicken breasts for approximately 15 minutes, turning once or twice until browned and cooked through. Drain chicken briefly, then immediately toss in buffalo sauce mixture and remove. Serve on rolls with lettuce and onion.

In my house? On game day? Serve with tomatoes and cheese, of course!

As for the hot sauce, I like to play it safe. I'm not a huge fan of spicy food, so I'd use a regular barbecue sauce. Chuck is still looking for something better. Let him know if you find something perfect for Buffalo Chicken.

This is not a sponsored post. Kelly Donlea sent me the cookbook for a review last summer, and I continue to use it. You can find her web site and blog and even order her books here. And if you're wondering, The Packers beat the Bills, 34 - 7.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

On game day here we play cribbage and the loser has to go get Stuc's.

9/22/2010 10:09 AM  
Blogger Crista said...

I told DH about this and we then proceeded to have a half-hour long conversatin about what you would make for each city, complete with pulling up the Packers' schedule to see exactly which teams they are playing. LOL. Thanks for the conversation starter :). Now, the question is, if you keep this up, when you play a team (or a "city," because I believe you play the Jets and the Giants, who are both technically NJ, but we don't talk about that, lol)a second time, do you eat the same thing or come up with something new?

9/23/2010 11:01 AM  

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