Fusion Football Food for Expats

[heading style=”2″]Good ole’ American football![/heading]It is perhaps one of the most American things that expats living in the U.S. can immerse themselves in. It might sound cliché, but being a football fan offers a lot more than just entertainment a few times a week. It is an outlet that brings people together, creates hype and excitement, and gets you thinking about something other than the usual stress.

Because I became a football fan late in life, I wrote out the 5 things that helped me become the NFL fan I am today on Ziibest.com, a site dedicated to helping expats in America find their favorite international food. The easiest and most delicious way to enjoy football is to appreciate all the good food associated with the game..

Good food is not only delicious, but, like football, it brings people together. Everyone gets excited to try a coveted family recipe or a new exotic dish. To get you excited about a famous American pastime, here are some of our favorite recipes for those Sunday afternoons in front of the TV watching that big game!  We took typical game day foods and added an international twist. Let’s turn the flavor up a few notches!! 

  • Crispy Apricot Glazed Hot Dogs– A hot dog at the stadium or tailgate is how the Americans do it.  In South Africa, they might do it this way.

Take hotdogs, and cut slits 1 inch apart. Brush with apricot jam. Broil for 4-5 minutes or until crispy.

  • Zatar Kale Chips– It’s hard to cheer on your favorite team from the couch without a big bowl of chips.  For a Mediterranean take, try it this way instead.

Strip kale leaves off the middle vein into small pieces. Spread out on baking tray, spray with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and zatar. Bake at 450˚F for 10 minutes or until chips become crispy. Zatar can be substituted for your spice of choice!

  • Peri Peri Corn Salsa– It’s just not right to have chips without dip.  For a Portuguese twist, make it this way.

Cook and grill corn. Then, cut kernels off the cob. Add pepper dews, cucumber, avocado, and other vegetables. Stir in 1 juiced lime, peri peri, and salt to taste.

  • Polenta Flat Breads– Carb up like your favorite players, if your favorite players were from Italy.

Follow polenta instructions- spread as thin as possible. Once ready, carefully slice polenta into squares about the size of a brownie.  Grill polenta on the BBQ until slightly golden on both sides. Keeping the polenta on the grill, add toppings. We suggest truffled cheeses; tomato, basil, or portabella mushrooms; or grilled onions and truffle oil!

  • South African Steak Sauce- You just can’t have a tailgate without a big piece of cow.  Serve it South African style with this sauce.

 Fry 2 finely chopped onions well. Add 3 tbs. ketchup, 3 tbs. peach chutney, 3 tbs. Manishevitz, 2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce, and 1tbs. Tabasco sauce. Heat and stir until well mixed. Serve over steak, burgers, or sausage.

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