The State of Origin clash between Qld and NSW tends to stop many .. but not all .. households in the respective states. There will usually be quite a bit of yelling at the television, cheering and possibly tears ( if you live in NSW of course ... ). Of course if you are actually at the game then, well, aren't you the lucky ones!
My house is no different. Personally I don't tend to do much yelling, unless the ref is a clown or Qld are scoring. Sometimes I may not even watch the game ... I mean it's the same night as Offspring, surely someone could have planned that better?
Anyway, moving on .. Apparently because it is such an "important" game we are required to eat football food ... More specifically, hot dogs.
As you can imagine, I'm not the biggest fan of the hot dog. Yes, I will agree that it can taste rather delicious but I do sometimes wonder what is actually in it .. I'm not sure if there is really meat in there, is there?
So I decided to compromise and I make chicken dogs ... I think maybe I need a better name ... Suggestions accepted ...
I won't tell you that they are the most healthy option but they certainly get the thumbs up from the family.
Here's what I use ...
Chicken tenderloins crumbed in spiced panko crumbs .. You choose your favourite spice. I use Sumac for just a little citrusy bite. Then I bake them in the oven.
Of course, hot dog buns ... I try to buy wholemeal / whole grain but I can't always find them
Red onions, caramelised
Pancetta .. Diced and fried in a little of the oil used for the onions
Your choice of condiments ... The usual mustard, sauces etc ...
Remember, I didn't say they were the healthiest choice but they do include real food ... And I made them myself so they are super yum!
What do you have for your special "football food" on big game nights?