The Art of Cooking: Football Food!

While the hot and cold weather battle for a spot in the upcoming months, the Monday nights are starting to be spent cheering from the couch. Ah yes, the football season is now in full swing and you can finally look forward to Monday! In all this excitement you must remember your permission to eat dinner from the coffee table should not be wasted. Great snacks are an essential for game day, so get a few friends together and look like a champ with a few simple recipes!

The seeds in the jalapenos are the heat, leave them in for hot, take them out for mild, leave half for medium, you get the idea…

Pico de Gallo

2 cups diced tomatoes
1/3 cup diced red onion
1 1/4 tablespoons minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons diced jalapenos
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients and chill. Serve with tortilla chips.

Chicken wings are an irreplaceable part of this football season. These wings are very flavorful and spicy, meant to be cooled down with the blue cheese!

Touchdown Wings

1 lb. chicken wings, cleaned
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup hot sauce
About 4 Tablespoons honey
A few dashes liquid smoke

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Line a sided baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly grease. Spread chicken out on the pan so they aren’t touching. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Mix last 4 ingredients together in a bowl. Generously brush on wings.
4. Bake for about 25 minutes, basting twice.

Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery.

Here is a yummy way to serve some seasonal vegetables.

Sweet Potato Fries

5 sweet potatoes, cut into fries
½ tablespoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 450
2. Put potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with oil. Add the sugar, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss together.
3. Spread the potatoes evenly on a lightly greased sheet tray.
4. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, turning once halfway through baking time.

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