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March 2017 cooking challenge – Championship Party food.

Millionsknives, thank you very much.  I am surprised and very happy.  I am not sure whether it was the quality or the quantity, but I had fun.  The competition was fierce and it would be great to taste every dish.  Hank, kaneohegirlinaz, and all the others are winners.

It is March and for college basketball fans that means March Madness.  This is the basketball playoff for the college championship.  For this month’s challenge I would like to have a party for a few friends to watch the games.  It could be any sport and can be at your house, at your business or in the parking lot.  What do you serve your friends at a championship party?  It can be one dish or a menu.    It can be a meal or snack foods.  If you plan several different things pictures for all are not required.   Posts will all be considered so post as often as possible.  Good luck, I am looking forward to see the recipes, pictures, and ideas.

To repeat Millionsknives instructions for this challenge;

1) Cook a dish this month
2) Take pictures
3) explain your work

post #2 of 45

I'll have to do some red cooked wings and some smoked hot wings. 

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post #3 of 45

Oooh, and Nachos, pulled pork from the smoker...

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Are we talking super bowl type food?  Cause I've been dreaming about chicken wings.

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This dish was one of my mother-in-laws favorite appetizers and is always a big hit at parties and such.  The cooking techniques seems unusual to me but it works.  The first step is to poor boiling water over the ribs and letting them cook for 30 minutes (off of the heat).   Then you make a sauce of pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger and cook them in it for about an hour until tender.  Does anyone know if there is an advantage to doing it this way rather than just basing them in the sauce?  They are pork ribs cut into 2" pieces.  

 

 

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Are we talking super bowl type food?  Cause I've been dreaming about chicken wings.


Yes we are.  Hank has a great start with his ribs.

post #7 of 45

This was dinner, actually, the other night ... it's a party at our house every night :cool:

 

 

 

Trader Joe's Soft Pretzel Sticks, heated and split open.  

I oven roasted some fresh Bratwurst sausages from the butcher's case.

Slather the warm roll with the mustard of your choice; add some of Trader Joe's Sauerkraut 

 

 

What's better with a brat than TOTS!!

  

 

 

 

There's homemade Tartar Sauce, made with Kewpie Mayonnaise (ya gotta try this mayo!) for dippin', yum!

And it's not a party without a beer... I found Trader Jose's Dark Beer very good, 

even though I'm not so much of a beer drinker, but MAN!  That was a great meal 

::burp::  :beer:Aahhhhh

post #8 of 45

Pulled pork nachos are good eats!

 

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Oooh, and Nachos, pulled pork from the smoker...

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This was dinner, actually, the other night ... it's a party at our house every night :cool:

 

 

Party on Garth!

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This was dinner, actually, the other night ... it's a party at our house every night :cool:

 

 

Party on Garth!

 

DUDE!

Party on Wayne :peace:

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Garlic pamesan wings.I tossed the the wings with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, dried oregano, and baking powder then placed them on a rack and baked them at 425 for 45 minutes, turning occassionally.  For the sauce I gently heated butter and 3 cloves of garlic finely grated, and parmesan cheese and tossed the wings when they came out of the oven.  This is our finger food dinner, served with sweet potato fries and broccoli florets.

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Those look awesome  Koukouvagia!  Let's here from some of the rest of you, foodies all like to party.  What do you cook?  Pizza, sandwiches, dips, chips, flatbread, tacos, nachos, BBQ, burgers, dogs, popcorn and more.  Cookies, cake, ICE Cream, and other sweets.  What do those across the pond do while watching Premier League football?  Deep fried, baked, raw, and chilled.  How about beverages? 

post #13 of 45

@Koukouvagia Baking powder is the ticket for that crisp factor.  :thumb: 

post #14 of 45
For sports events, I'm all about the hot wings. Washed, separated, pat dried. Placed on rack, uncovered overnight in refrigerator. Then unseasoned, twice deep fried in 370 degree oil. Just a few pieces in the foyer at a time to keep oil temperature from plunging. After the second fry, straight into a bowl with a sauce made from a base of butter and Frank's Hot Sauce (and only Frank's for me) in a 2:1 ratio.

We Asians like to twice fry for that crispy skin. Every time I bring these to a party, people ask for the recipe. The sauce isn't anything special. It's the technique of refrigeration uncovered over night, and twice fried. You can use whatever sauce you like cuz it ain't the sauce that makes great wings.
post #15 of 45
Now cook it, take a picture to share for the challenge.
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post #16 of 45
Well, this challenge has taken on a special meaning for me. Last night my wife's hometown high school won the Minnesota AA state hockey tournament. Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 2017 State Champs. I made a big pot of Sausage and Peppers for the game. Was too excited to take pictures of finshed product, but have some prep and leftovers shots.

I cooked hot and sweet Italian sausage in oven. Used sausage drippings to sauté red, green, yellow, and orange bell peppers, onion and garlic. Added a little tomato sauce and cooked down until tender-crisp. Put on Brat buns and topped with shredded mozzarella, parmesean, and gruyere. (I don't normally use gruyere for this, but had some left over and it WAS a championship game. Lol).






post #17 of 45

The food of my people (bbq people).   MOINK balls (moo + oink)

 

Buy a big bag of frozen italian meatballs from costco, partially thaw, wrap in bacon,  smoke until the bacon is cooked,  mop on the bbq sauce and put back on the smoker until the sauce sets.  Easy, fast, crowd pleaser

 

For a party I'll slide them off the skewers and put in fancy toothpicks for which btw there is a sale at korin this month http://korin.com/2017-March-Promotion-Bamboo2

 

post #18 of 45
@MillionsKnives I have just copied this meatball recipe and sent it directly to my husband who will do a flip and may be tempted to pull out the BBQ tonight before the snow storm comes. 👍

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@MillionsKnives I have just copied this meatball recipe and sent it directly to my husband who will do a flip and may be tempted to pull out the BBQ tonight before the snow storm comes. 👍

Nice!  The point of the recipe is that it is very easy to replicate.   The downfall is you need to watch the salt.  The meatballs depending on brand may be salty + the bacon is salty.  I used to put bbq rub on for more flavor but that adds salt too.  Of course you can make your own meatballs and salt free bbq rub but then you're approaching the 'real cooking' where you have to clean a meat grinder and then it's not easy/fast anymore.

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Nice!  The point of the recipe is that it is very easy to replicate.   The downfall is you need to watch the salt.  The meatballs depending on brand may be salty + the bacon is salty.  I used to put bbq rub on for more flavor but that adds salt too.  Of course you can make your own meatballs and salt free bbq rub but then you're approaching the 'real cooking' where you have to clean a meat grinder and then it's not easy/fast anymore.


Mice.  What kind of BBQ sauce do you use?

post #21 of 45

My favorite store bought one to doctor is Stubb's sweet heat.  I like mustard sauces texas style, but it doesn't work on this or for a crowd as well.

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My favorite store bought one to doctor is Stubb's sweet heat.  I like mustard sauces texas style, but it doesn't work on this or for a crowd as well.

There are so many on the market to choose from.  My favorite is Bone Suckin Sauce http://bonesuckin.com/#BoneSuckinSauce

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The food of my people (bbq people).   MOINK balls (moo + oink)

 

Buy a big bag of frozen italian meatballs from costco, partially thaw, wrap in bacon,  smoke until the bacon is cooked,  mop on the bbq sauce and put back on the smoker until the sauce sets.  Easy, fast, crowd pleaser

 

For a party I'll slide them off the skewers and put in fancy toothpicks for which btw there is a sale at korin this month http://korin.com/2017-March-Promotion-Bamboo2

 

 

I am SOOOOOOO making this one MK!

Now, my sauce of choice would be this one

http://www.nohfoods.com/original-hawaiian-bar-b-q-sauce-20-fl-oz/

they make a spicy version too, vary tasty and worth the price tag.

In fact, geez, I have all of the ingredients on hand... homemade meatballs in the freezer as well as BACON, sauce in the pantry...

this may be appys for our next potluck-get-together with our dear friends, they're vegans, 

but wth!!  :lol: DH and I will enjoy them...

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Nobody had a party this past weekend?

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I did, sort off...
But with no power on both Friday and Sunday, I haven't gotten around posting anything yet

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post #26 of 45

Okay,

Playing catch up.....

 

Freestyle pizza to share

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And the one over the weekend was all Indonesian.

The eating pictures are missing as I sort of manage to make pics while cooking, but not when serving/plating/eating

 

Anyway, we had no power and did most of the prep beforehand on the gas stove and finished off on the bbq.

I won't bore you with too many prep pictures....

 

Beef rendang

Almost ready and waiting to be finished later

(beef, garlic, onion, chili, lemon grass, salam leaf, coconut milk, ginger. It gets boiled down till the liquid has all evaporated and the dish needlessly goes from boiling into frying in the coconut oil)

 

Ayam besengkek pangang

Chicken gets just cooked into a spice mixture of coconut, garlic, kemiri nuts (candle nut, if I remember correct), lemongrass, galangal, chili and turmeric. The chicken gets taken out of the sauce and grilled and served with the sauce

 

The final set up.

The rendang is reducing and so is the sauce for the chicken

 

Grilling of the chicken pieces

 

And I did satay as well

 

And the finale:

Fish with spice paste in banana leaf

 

As said, the pictures are not complete.

I just forgot (and the braai was hot, so had a couple of beers as well)

 

 

Just one plated picture of some left overs the next day

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post #28 of 45

Gonzaga Wins!  

 

Three Bean Bourbon Chili served with cornbread

 

Saute onion and garlic, than add brown sugar and cook a couple minutes more.  Then add bourbon and allow the alcohol to cook off.  Add ground chicken and brown.  When browned add black, pinto, and cannelloni beans, as well as chicken stock, passata, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne.  Simmer a couple hours.  Thicken with corn mesa.  Garnish with cheddar, cilantro, and onion as you wish.  

 

 

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These entries are all looking good.  We have seven days left in march with the NCAA Basketball final April 3rd.   Lets have a big sprint for the weekend>

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Chicken roasted in tamarind paste, purple potato salad with caperberries and chives, tomato salad with ginger/lemon dressing, date and chilli chutney. I can't believe the purple potatoes are real! I bake them in their jackets as this preserves the amazing colour.

 

 

 

 

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