Baseball fans, are you ready? The World Series is here! This year, the Chicago Cubs are taking on the Cleveland Indians. It's sure to be a series of exciting games, so why not host a party to cheer your favorite team on to victory? Serve regional favorites like the legendary Chicago dog, Cleveland's famous city chicken skewers, or even just some classic baseball digs. Of course, you can't go wrong with America's favorite ballpark food: hot dogs!
Chicago-Style Italian Beef Hoagies
Chuck roast translates to big flavor when braised until tender. Instead of simmering on your stovetop, you can also place the Dutch oven in a 350° oven and bake for 2 1/2 hours, turning once after 1 hour.
Chipotle Bean BurritosSan Francisco is credited for rolling the first "Mission style" burritos in the 1980s, and the city has been doing it right ever since. The hefty, tortilla-wrapped creations are meant to be eaten with your hands, so they are the perfect meal to enjoy while cheering on the Giants.
Cowboy NachosNachos are another ballpark favorite, and they just so happen to be a favorite of nearly every sports fans in Kansas City. Load these nachos with braised brisket and Monterey Jack cheese, and then add your favorite toppings to complete this savory (and slightly sloppy) dish.
Garlic FriesSan Franciscans know that it's not a Giants game without Garlic Fries. Tossing these baked "fries" in a small amount of butter and garlic after cooking makes them unbelievably rich, yet still lower in fat than fast-food fries.
The Ultimate Smoky, Sweet RibsIt's no secret: Kansas City loves its pork ribs. For tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone good barbecue ribs, fire up your smoker--or grill--for The Ultimate Smoky, Sweet Ribs. These ultimate ribs smoked the competition!
Toasted Bread BowlsSan Francisco is known for its incredibly delicious sourdough. Hollow out sourdough rounds to make these bread bowls, and then fill them with your favorite soup, stew, or chili.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream SandwichesMany San Franciscans grew up eating ice cream sandwiches, so these frosty bites would be a great way to relive those childhood memories during the World Series. Sandwich your favorite ice cream flavor between peanut butter cookies, and if you want to get really crazy, dip the sandwiches in melted dark chocolate.
Cheesy Chicken Bagel Pizzas
Bagel halves are a quick, kid-friendly stand-in for traditional pizza crust.
Ground Sirloin Sliders
Cheddar and Potato PierogiesServe with steamed broccoli florets. If you don't have a biscuit cutter, the rim of a drinking glass will work.
Peanut Butter Caramel Corn
When it comes to great flavor, this popcorn really delivers. With just enough butter to create a great caramel coating and enough peanut butter to get that richness, this popcorn still stays on the light side. Snacking just got a whole lot tastier with this delicious batch of popcorn.
Pork Carnitas NachosSlow-cooked pork loin, brown rice, seasoned black beans, pico de gallo, jalapeños, and queso fresco make up the savory layers of Pork Carnitas Nachos.
Homemade Soft Pretzels
If you haven't made soft pretzels before, it's time to do the twist (and, really, it's not as hard as you think). To shape a pretzel, simply roll a strip into a "u" shape, fold one of the ends into the center, making a small loop, then fold the other end down to make a second loop. Press the dough lightly to secure the pretzel shape. Then, proceed with boiling and baking.
Classic Fudge-Walnut Brownies
The most recent recipe in the competition, it won unanimously because of the intense richness from cocoa, melted chocolate, and chocolate chunks. --Recipe by Maureen Callahan, September 2011
Beer-Battered Corn Dogs
These crispy corn dogs will rival just about any festival or fair's version. The key here is to work with one hot dog at a time for the perfect golden batter crust.