Football Bowl & Playoff Party Foods and TV Snacks – Blue Cheese Drumsticks et.al.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
~ Erma Bombeck
Winter foods that warm hungry bellies are hot orders. Football playoffs need great food that will make get-togethers memorable for non-sports fans, too.
Some of my favorites are Hungarian goulash and American chicken prepared with blue cheese.
Aunt Ann’s Guylas (Hungarian Goulash)
My mothers godfather’s wife was a terrific Hungarian cook. One thing that became a staple before Notre Dame Football games was lunch at Judge Nihkos’ with a big pot of Hungarian Goulash. I wonder if Ann ever poured some dry red wine into it? It will take more than three hours to make this but it is worth it:
- Brown the beef stew meat.
- Melt butter over a medium heat.
- Sauté onions.
- Pour in some beef stock.
- Add spices like paprika, garlic, caraway seed, marjoram, black pepper and salt.
- Place all of these ingredients into a large covered pot, cover the meat with water, and allow it to simmer on the range for two and a half hours.
- Add sliced potatoes and cook everything about 45 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
- Go ahead and re-season it with paprika, pepper and salt.
My Mom and Grandma would spend countless hours planning menus and cooking for TV time and Notre Dame football tailgate parties.
I’ll suggest something that is easy to prepare in less than an hour (only 12 steps), that does not require much shopping, that can be stored safely for hours, that is easy to clean up, and that will result in many compliments:
Blue Cheese Drumsticks
- First, remove a couple dozen chicken legs from the refrigerator.
- Rinse thoroughly and then wash your hands well.
- Melt 2/3 cup of butter; take your time over a low stovetop heat.
- Place 6 ounces of blue cheese in a saucepan.
- Remove a cork from a bottle of white wine.
- Pour about a half-cup of wine into the saucepan.
- Roll in 2 cups of cracker crumbs (buttery club crackers are my favorite).
- Keep the burner on medium-low until the cheese finishes melting.
- Lay the drumsticks in a foil-lined baking dish.
- Pour the melted cheese sauce over the legs. (Caution: Not your legs but the drumsticks!)
- Foil wrap the baking dish.
- Bake for about an hour at 375 degrees.
Take note: Set a timer by the bar because more cocktails and lager may affect your better sense of time.
No time is wasted to set the table. Drumsticks require only small plates and no silverware. All the more time to imbibe, converse, and laugh. The blue cheese drumsticks will stay warm wrapped in foil.
This is something that can be thrown together while serving cocktails.
“I have never been drunk, but I’ve often been over served.” ~ Comedian George Gobel
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