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What's your favorite game day food?

The Vikings have their brats, the Orioles have those great crab cakes, and my Phillies have their cheesesteaks and Schmitters. Personally, I like to stop at Primo's Hoagies in Philly on the way to the baseball game and get something called an "Old Italian", with sharp provolone, plenty of onions, hot peppers, italian spices and oil; when it's cold, a buffalo chicken cheesesteak (sorry Anchor Bar patrons, I know it's sacrilege) from Chubbies.

What's your fave? What do YOU crave on game day, either at the park or on the way?

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  1. If I'm watching the Tar Heels at home I'll just have a bunch of various snack foods, and maybe order a pizza (or Pokey Stix for the nostalgia factor).

    At the game, options are limited. Sometime I'll spring for a Chick-fil-a sandwich, but most times it's nachos with neon cheese. The best food available at UNC games are frozen lemonade and TCBY fro-yo, but those just don't scream game day to me.

    If I'm smuggling food into a game, I've been known to stick a Cosmic Cantina burrito (veggie or chicken) in the front pocket of a hoodie and just let the security people assume I'm pregnant :)

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    1. re: mpjmph

      Cosmic Cantina! There is a blast from the past! I loved that place, nice big filling burritos... Except I'd be watching the Blue Devils <evil grin>....

      1. re: moh

        Definitely a Heels fan (who has basketball tickets for the first time since graduating!), but I do prefer the Cosmic in Durham for leisurely meals.

        1. re: mpjmph

          Good for you on getting tickets! Those college games are so much fun to watch, and if reports are correct, your team looks very good this year (although is Hansborough going to be back?).

          I'll be thinking of you when watching Duke vs. UNC! Isn't that a great rivalry? I hope they will broadcast the game here, they usually do. Will perhaps have to try some fried chicken as game food then, perhaps Hannaone's Korean fried chicken! (Although I may have to make that sooner than the game)

    2. grilled kosher hotdogs with grilled onions and mustard at the Cell watching the White Sox.

      at home watching the games, deep fried chicken wings, italian sausage sandwiches, muffaletta, steamed crab legs, real bbq

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        1. re: PattiCakes

          just for clarity, we do not eat all those items on the same game day, maybe some wings and muffaletta one saturday or sunday, crab legs one game day, & if the weather is cooperating in the upper midwest some brisket, babybacks, or sausage on the smoker on another day.

        2. re: swsidejim

          All right, I know I'm going to take some heat, but last night while making dinner, I was watching RACHAEL RAY and she was making "ball park meals". She made sandwiches by butterflying and grilling lengths of kielbasa and then basically making Reubens with the sausage. She included a red pepper relish. It looked incredibly good and I am going to have to try it.

          1. re: southernitalian

            thats actually an interesting spin on 2 things I like, I love ruebens, and kiblasa., never thought of a hybrid of the 2.

            1. re: southernitalian

              I saw that episode of RR, and I have to agree- I was salivating. Btw- is keilbasa one of the most underrated foods or what?

              1. re: JCap

                I know right? It's cheap, readily available and incredibly versatile. I still haven't tried her recipe and will definitely omit the caraway seeds, but I am interested in looking up some kielbasa recipes, particularly things I can make on the grill. If anyone has one, please share it. I think I am having a Super Bowl party, so something that would elnd itself to that would be great.

                1. re: southernitalian

                  Kielbasa is amazing! We have a purveyor here who makes the most addictive Kielbasa, I'll be chopping off bits, and next thing you know, half of the link is gone...

                  Good Kielbasa is great just grilled, I don't even think you need to anything more complicated. Maybe a pepperonata as a side dish, or fried onions and peppers would be all you need to make a delicious dish. The pepperonata is stewed peppers with onions and capers, very simple to make ahead, and so great with meats and sausage. Then all you have to do is grill the sausage.

                  Another great kielbasa dish is a lentil -sausage stew, again, very easy to do ahead of time. The garlicky kielbasa is such a great addition to this dish, and it is very comforting on a cold day. In fact, I think I will add this to my Grey Cup menu as well!

              2. re: southernitalian

                That sounds awespme. Speaking of RR, have you ever tried her "best pizza ever"? It's a white pizza, using ricotta, chicken saute'd in garlic, broccoli ... very very good.

            2. Hubbie and I are addicted to NFL, and when that's over we start watching college basketball and of course our beloved NHL (ice hockey for those of you who might not know...) - Entire weekends are devoted to sitting in front of the tube and watching games. On days like these, we will either do some nice big stew, or if we are feeling lazy, we'll order out for all out favorite "junk-food" Chinese - pork spareribs with garlic, Cantonese chow mein, and lemon chicken. Comfort food is the way to go.

              1. mostly just my nails when the NJ Devils play!

                if we win, i'll celebrate with a nathan's chili hot dog on the way home through penn station. if we don't, it's probably just going to be a few plastic cups of beer to dull the pain.

                  1. re: hannaone

                    if i were able to eat during the stress of a game, i'd eat those!

                    1. re: cimui

                      We do up both the spicy and sesame versions, and they always disappear well before the end of the game.

                      1. re: hannaone

                        i should try eating them in the first quarter before things get too crazy, with one hand in the chicken bucket, the other over my eyes. and i could eat the chicken bones rather than grind my teeth. =) i can honestly think of few things more delicious.

                        1. re: hannaone

                          Moh reporting back! We made both the sesame and the spicy Hannaone Korean fried chicken wings for game day, and I just have to say WHOO HOO! They were hoovered so very fast, and they were delicious! Well worth all the effort to make wings from scratch and not just buy a package of frozen chicken wings. The recipes were quite easy to follow, and not very complicated. It was very funny to watch my slightly wimpy friends tearing up as they ate the spicy wings, moaning and groaning about the heat, but when I suggested they stick to the sesame wings, they mumbled something like "but they are sooo good..." and continued to sweat it out. Good thing too, as the sesame wings disappeared in seconds, there would have been nothing left for these poor delicate souls...

                          1. re: moh

                            So glad they went over well.
                            It always amazes me the way that people who are not normally spice eaters will sit there and suck the meat off the bones until there is nothing left.

                            1. re: hannaone

                              And then they sit there and wonder why their lips hurt all night. Yup, lots of those on sunday! Thanks again for sharing the recipes!

                      2. re: hannaone

                        Goodness! Just saw your recipes for this on your website! Looks really yummy, and looks like perfect game day food.

                        1. re: moh

                          LoL!
                          I just put that search function in and was tweaking it.
                          Wondered who was using it already.

                          1. re: hannaone

                            Hannaone- I've been meaning to try some asian wings- where would one find your recipe? Thx...

                            1. re: JCap

                              The Spicy version is here:
                              http://www.chow.com/recipes/11492

                              You can find the sesame version on my site that is linked through my profile.

                              1. re: hannaone

                                Thanks! They look delicious, can't wait to make them!

                                1. re: JCap

                                  They have already been incorporated into my Grey Cup party menu!! I can't wait! I'm going to try both types, and I think they will go fast...

                      3. Depends on the game start time. Early 12:30 games we will do a flight of nice Oregon Pinot Noir's, tray of Oregon cheese, local sausage, pears, Oregon hazelnuts and local honey.

                        On later games we will do some 15 hours smoked brisket, pulled pork or baby back ribs. Usually will have some Rogue IPA's or some bigger zin's to go with the bbq.

                        Once a year I break out my big paella pan and propane burner. The big pan will do enough for 40-50 folks. Use smoked chicken, local sausage and local vegi's, good stuff.

                          1. My wife makes unbelievable nachos. We also like to grill pizzas. During the winter months, I've made a beef and caramelized onion stew that was really good and satisfying.

                            1. Gameday in the SEC is not complete without copious amounts of barbequed pulled pork, brisket, and bourbon.