Host a World Series Party
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.
Panko-Pecan Chicken Finger Skewers
Crispy, tender Panko-Pecan Chicken Finger Skewers and thick and tangy honey mustard mingle for the perfect finger food.
In this classic confection from the Buckeye State, creamy peanut butter and chocolate combine to create an adorable replica of an Ohio tree nut.
Tossing the fries in a small amount of butter and garlic after cooking makes them unbelievably rich, yet still lower in fat than fast-food fries.
Pigs in an Everything Blanket with Cream Cheese Dip
Two finger food favorites collide as pigs in a blanket get an everything bagel makeover. Rather than the traditional canned biscuit or croissant dough, the "blanket" of this playful appetizer is made with fresh pizza dough that is first boiled, brushed with egg wash, and rolled in an "everything" seasoning blend (poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, and coarse salt) before being baked. Using a yeasted dough and this double cooking method is what gives these tailgate-ready bites their bagel personality. Serve them up with a tangy cream cheese dip for a party-perfect snack platter.
Chicago Char Dog with Fresh Cucumber Relish
Classic Chicago dogs are served in poppy seed buns. If you can't find them, lightly brush buns with egg white and sprinkle with poppy seeds; toast in the oven at 350° for 2 to 3 minutes.
How to Make Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza
We made over Chicago Deep Dish Pizza to deliver full flavor while keeping saturated fat, sodium, and calories in check.
Cheesy Chicken Bagel Pizzas
Bagel halves are a quick, kid-friendly stand-in for traditional pizza crust.
Ground Sirloin Sliders
Cheddar and Potato Pierogies
Serve 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 Nachos
Slow-cooked pork loin, brown rice, seasoned black beans, pico de gallo, jalapeños, and queso fresco make up the savory layers of Pork Carnitas Nachos.
This sensational spud riff on nachos is an hommage to party food lovers everywhere. Loaded with toppings and drizzled with a hot cheese dip, these totchos are ready to rock and roll right onto your plate. This dish has all of the goodness of trashy, delicious bar nachos but are made with potato tots for a warm comfort food addition. Fresh jalapeno slices and cool avocado round out this dish, leaving the end impression and flavor as simply drool-inducing.
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.