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Sep 12

Simple shortcuts make Game Day cooking easy

They’re here, you better feed them! Image by witpim, used under Creative Commons

As we move into the two seasons, college and pro, we have to get ready for the long grind. The glitz at the start of the new season is wearing off, and the tensions of getting into a bowl or making the play-offs hasn’t really revved up yet.

Sure, every game counts. But this is when the season starts to grind, and we’re going to have to pace ourselves, to make sure we have something left at the end of the season, and be ready for bowl season and play-off time.

So what we need are good, workman-like recipes for mid season football watching. The need to impress at the season’s beginning is gone, and we don’t want to show all our tricks before the Big Game. But opening a bag of potato chips and dipping them in ketchup doesn’t get it done.

Let’s get serious about game day basics in the kitchen.

Bar-Be-Que Popcorn

Tasty, easy

This is quick and simple, made quicker and simpler by using simple microwave popcorn. And it’s delicious, which is always critical for a mid-season recipe!



 Sweet And Sour Meatballs

Easier than we’re led to believe

Let’s utilize the KIS method (Keep It Simple) with this recipe as well.

The sauce is great, but let’s make the whole process a whole lot easier and buy some frozen meatballs. Then it’s simply a matter of defrost, sauce up and heat up. Lose the rice– this is a football game, not a healthy meal. Great sauce, with easy meatballs,  gets you a very serviceable mid season snack.

French Bread Pizza

Not much simpler than this

They don’t come much simpler than this. But when you go to this recipe (which I chose because I liked the picture) it says use home made sauce. Nope, in mid-season, it’s Emeril or Bertolli sauce, right out of the jar. And I usually make pepperoni pizza boats (what they were called in my neighborhood growing up), because it’s less cooking. Though maybe, just maybe, you could grill the sausages on the BBQ, because that means no dish to clean. And no fresh grated cheese either, just a bag of shredded Italian cheese, please.

Quick, simple and delicious, the perfect dish to please the fans without emptying out the playbook.

Starting to see the pattern here

Locating shortcuts is what gets us through the doldrums of the season. You need to find easy cooking motivation when you’re playing the last place team in your conference, and it’s just not a game.

So, find a good recipe, based on the fundamentals, and then look for an easier way to make it happen. It may not be the most awesome you’ve ever had, but remember, you’ve got the bowls coming up, and the playoffs. You need to save a few pages from the playbook so you have them to pull out when you need them– when the fans are in the stands and need to be impressed.

What shortcuts do you take to make sure mid-season snacks make it out to the table? Let us know in the comments.

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