Posts Tagged ‘snacks’

Sausage RollsWe are back from Hawaii with many adventures to share and food to write about, just give me a day or two to settle back in to real life! I wanted to put a quick repost in honor of tonight’s start of the NFL season. I now have 16 weeks of Sundays where J. will barely communicate ahead of me but we both love the game and of course the food that comes with it.

It is also finals time for Aussie Rules and NRL back home in Australia so it is fitting for my wonderful Aussie followers also.

So here is a favorite recipe and favorite footy food from Australia – the sausage roll! A delicious savory treat with ketchup, relish or bbq sauce on the side and of course the prerequisite beer.

Check out the original entry here – Aussie Footy Food!

Enjoy the recipe and the football – whatever code or team you might follow!

Muffin Tin Meat Pies.jpgWe reached a milestone this week… we have over 2500 followers now! To celebrate this great milestone I thought I would revisit a recipe from the early days of the blog.

Also, I have been craving a taste from home and what better way to taste Australia than through meat pies.

These were tasty little treats I made for J. and I during NFL season last year. A nice little snack for watching footy. We did an entire series of Football Food posts last year and with the NFL season only 3 weeks away, I am going to have to prepare some more great snack ideas.

These pies were very easy to make, especially since I cheated and bought the pastry instead of making it myself. You could also try all different kinds of fillings but we stayed with the traditional beef and added some spice and chili! You could also make them into a full size pie but these were the perfect size for a tv snack. Beer and a pie – a completely Australian way to watch the football.

So take a trip down memory lane, across the Pacific to Australia with me…. here.

Ok, so this isn’t really an Aussie football favourite but it is a nibble my mum used to make for parties and I thought it would be a great one for a day of NFL watching on Sunday. The challenge with this recipe was to first find plum sauce which is fairly common in Australia but proved a little difficult here in AZ. We went to Lee Lee’s our local Asian grocery and went up and down the aisles looking for this necessary ingredient. We finally found two different types, one in the Thailand aisle and one in the Japanese aisle. We ended up getting both just in case and though neither was exactly what I was looking for I decided a combination of both would make a close approximation.

This recipe suggests chicken drumsticks, though I have also used chicken wings, this time around I used chicken thighs. I used 8 chicken thighs and cut deep slits in them to let the marinade really soak in.
8 chicken drumsticks. In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup of plum sauce, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, a tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger, 2 cloves garlic, crushed, 4 spring onions chopped finely, a tablespoon of olive oil and chillies to taste. I added 6 small thai chillies finely chopped because we like it hot.

I added the chicken to the bowl and turned to coat in marinade. I covered and refrigerated overnight. I actually turned the chicken a few times during the marinating process.

On Sunday morning before the games I brought out the chicken and placed it in a line a baking dish. I actually sprayed the foil with oil as well since this gets very sticky. Put the chicken into a preheated 200C oven for around 1 hour or if you are using wings until cooked.

I poured the remaining marinade into a saucepan, brought it to the boil and let it simmer and reduce for about 30 minutes to use as a dipping sauce.

When cooked I let them cool a little so they could be eaten with our fingers and served with a bowl of the dipping sauce. They were messy, sticky and juicy but very good. They were are really great snack for our Sunday of football watching and will probably be made again!