Football season is here!
With the approach of fall and football season in full swing, it's time to cook some of those warm-you-up dishes for all your game day parties. Watch parties have become as much a tradition as the games themselves! A lot of people turn to the basics on game day: Burgers, hot dogs, and wings. But, I have a few items that have become my go-to cooks when preparing for the big game.
My Take on Chili
As the air gets a little cooler, there is absolutely nothing better than a big pot of chili.
Well, I used to think that... Now, I love a new twist on chili that my family cooks at least a half-dozen times during football season. We turn our pot of chili into Chili Pie. All of my family and friends go nuts for this dish! I use the RT-G450 Matador and my RT-700 to complete this delicious meal. First, I mix up some mouth-watering chili and let it simmer for about an hour on the Matador. Then, I set the RT-700 to 425ºF and get 4-5 pie crusts warming (store bought pre-made crusts work just fine). I let them start to brown up slightly and pull them out of the grill to add the chili and a nice thick layer of shredded cheese on top. Then, I place them back on the grill for 15-18 minutes to get that layer of cheese melted to perfection. Once it rests for 15 minutes to thicken up, I cut it into pie slices. Add a dollop of sour cream and a few jalapeños, and you have yourself a game day meal that will make the entire parking lot jealous!
Smoked Chicken & Chickpea Soup
For this recipe, I have used both the RT-G450 Matador and the RT-B380 Bullseye (both of which will be re-released later this year). In an attempt at full disclosure, I stole this recipe from Chef Greg. The beauty of this dish is that it tastes amazing and it's a totally healthy choice! It seems everyone stuffs themselves when they go to a game day party. But with this dish, you can enjoy something delicious without feeling guilty. I have attached the recipe and, as you can see, it is loaded with fresh and healthy ingredients. The first time I made this, I wondered how my kids would like it. Well, let’s just say I did not get a second helping... I will not make the rookie mistake of only preparing one small pot next time. That's another great aspect of this soup - you can prepare several batches and throw some in the fridge, or even the freezer, to eat at a later date. All the ingredients marry together creating an amazing, savory flavor that will blow your guests away.
Check out Chef Greg's Smoked Chicken and Chickpea Soup recipe!
Scoring a Touchdown at Your Next Game Day
These dishes could not be easier to make with the REC TEC.
Next time you're in charge of the game day party foods, think outside of the box with these two tasty dishes prepared on the REC TEC. You won't be sorry! As always, call us at (706) 922-0890 if you need anything whatsoever, and we'll see you at the REC TEC!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Brown serves as one of REC TEC’s Sales Managers. Prior to joining REC TEC, he hosted his own sports talk show in Augusta for 19 years, and still serves as a Color Analyst for WJBF’s High School Football Game of the Week. He has written for the Augusta Chronicle, and writes his own weekly sports column in the Columbia County News-Times.