Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Baseball World Series 2020 - Recipes

Batter up! And that's just the coating for my MVP Fried Chicken recipe. Are you ready for the World Series of cheap$kate eats? Just step up to the plate and allow me to pitch some tasty entrees your way, that you can serve up while viewing the Los Angeles Dodgers battle the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2020 edition of Major League Baseball's championship series.

In the clip below is a baseball term call "Nibble" with its definition, and as you round the bases of my blog posts I have sprinkled more terminology you might, or might not, know.

Nibble: to pitch along the far edges of the strike zone, around home plate.

The Penny Pinch Hitting Chef has a dugout full of recipes for baseball lovers that will leave enough green in your wallet to buy an extra keg of beer for your tailgate party. Just click on any recipe name below to see what I mean. There are no foul balls in this recipe list!

First at-bat, hot dogs are the King of the ballpark. And boy does this Knight of the Round Dinner Table have royal recipes for you to try...all hail the Winners, I mean the Weiners!!

I live in L.A. so you know who I'll be rooting for...Go Dodgers! And if you're a fan too then give my most outrageous  LA Street Dog a go. The roots are South-of-the-Border with Fajita-style grilled onion,  bell pepper, and jalapeno toppings. It's outrageously delicious, so go for it like I do in the video below.


If you're like me, game day is the time for Hot Dogs and boy are the ingredients cheap.


I don't know about you but I steam mine - you can't burn or even overcook weiners this way, especially when your team is loading up the bases and you can't pull yourself away from the TV screen.


If it's a lazy game day then hit the frozen deli case of your fave grocery store or dollar store. I've zapped frozen dogs with buns and they are pretty darn good - some days call for quick and easy, like a walk to first base!


I get a famous East Coast Nathan's Hot Dog from my local Dollar Tree, when I want an easy, microwavable, quickie munch. They do the job and I even wrote a Cheap$kate Deal of the Day you can read here.


They come naked so I dress the dogs with just mustard and sweet pickle relish, how about you?


My two fave Hot Dogs are a Kraut Dog and a Chili Dog with Relish. Check out my videos below to see how I do them. Try serving these and you may pull a shoulder with the high fives your buddies give you!



Set the Table: getting runners on base, ahead of a power hitter.

Tampa Bay Rays fans will eat up my Cuban Recipes (click here to see them all) - since many Florida communities have Cuban immigrant neighborhoods. Is it ever too early for a sugarcane and rum drink? Allow the 99 Cent Mojito to get you in a World Series mood. To see the blog post with my Mojito cocktail recipe written out, just click here.
The 99 Cent Mojito -Video


Okay, maybe it's better to start with a simple bunt, my delicious Cuban Salad. All it is, is sliced avocado, tomato, onion, and radish with a tangy vinegarette of lime juice (or vinegar) and oil. 


But you may want to go for extra innings and make Cuban Roast Pork. Marinate a cheap pork shoulder with orange and lime fruit juices and sit back and let it roast until fall-apart tender. 


If you are making Cuban Roast Pork then get a few extras: sliced ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, some mustard, and small white bread rolls and let your bleacher bums make their own Cuban Sandwiches. Check out my recipe page here and see my grilled pressed sandwich technique to get the Swiss cheese all melty.


And don't forget the beans, Cuban Black Beans, that is. They really are the beans I make the most and the flavor trick is adding vinegar, sugar, and bell pepper. Hey, kick it up a notch with a pound of ground beef or turkey.


The World Series is being played in Arlington, Texas and I was born in the Lonestar State so I know Tex-Mex cuisine. You can grill any of my high school buddies about the deliciousness of my Mom's Tex-Mex Chili Enchiladasand they're bases-loaded with cheddar cheese!

High Schoolers 99 Cent Chef, Marvin & Dennis

Check out the video below to see how they slide down my buddies Homeplate gullet!

 
Mom's Shrimp & Rice is a one-pot meal your home team will gladly gather around.

 
More shrimp dishes are always good during extra innings and you won't ground out with my Mom's Shrimp, Scrambled Eggs and Jalapeño Tacos.

 
Smoked pork rules in the Lone Star State. My smokin' Pulled Pork recipe is easy and cheap to make, of course. Just check out the video below or click here to see all the tasty recipe details.



Texas is known for its meaty Chili. Southerners love their Chili with or without beans. While beef is expensive, I get around that by using cheap beef shank. Once you've cooked it down for a few hours, beef shank is as tender as any pricey cut. 

My Homemade Meat and Bean Chili recipe is perfect for your sports gathering and can be served during all 9 innings of the game - make plenty just in case the game goes into extra innings. I serve mine topped with shredded cheese and chopped onion.


High Cheese: A fastball that's thrown high over the plate.

I have a recipe that will rattle your batting cage tastebuds! For the battleground state of Florida, I have an appallingly delicious Trump Orange Chicken. I came up with the recipe when the Cheeto-In-Chief was running for the highest office of our nation. So step up to the plate for an egomaniacal mouthful. And don't just sit in the dugout and stare, get your vote in no matter who's side you're rooting for!!


Tired of stale, soggy stadium hot dogs? I have a great and easy Corn Dog Recipe made with Vienna sausages -- but you can use regular wieners. There will be no foul balls as your hungry guests dip these crunchy coated pig skins into my tasty honey-mustard sauce.

Since you have the fryer going you might as well make a batch of my Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. They're as light and airy as the Goodyear blimp.

Ran out of hot dog buns? Well toss a few wieners or sausages on the grill and try my version of a Currywurst. Your recipe batting average just doubled when you slather on grilled tubes steaks: my spicy mix of ketchup, cumin and cayenne spices. It's also a great starter appetizer on game day.


With Florida surrounded on three sides by water, Tampa Bay Rays revelers will eat up my riff on a Lobster Roll -- a cheaper Scallop Roll. And East Coast fans can throw another log on the fire and gather in front of the big screen with a steaming bowl of my cheap$kate Clam Chowder.

 Scallop Roll

Rhubarb: a bench-clearing baseball brawl.

Everybody loves Nachos, but no one does them like my brother from another daddy, the Swamp Chef! My Cajun Nachos are a yummy pitch right down the strike zone. Tortilla chips? - first base hit. Cheese? - second base steal. Louisiana hot sauce? - advance to third base with a sacrifice bunt. And topped with succulent crawfish tail meat? - GRAND SLAM! Okay, you can substitute an easy-to-get protein like canned beef chili or cheap small bay shrimp.

 

Don't get egg in your face dropping an easy fly ball of a recipe. Save the egg for my wild Quick Pizza with an Egg.

 

And don't forget to send in from this Whisk Welding Culinary Coach a most versatile of plated plays, the Pita Pizza -- a varied list of toppings you can use would fill the coaches chalkboard.

Pita Pizza

Next to pizza and hotdogs, Fried Chicken is a fan favorite. And I've come up with a crunchy coating that will empty the bleachers and have fans storming the kitchen! Kickoff the MLB World Series with my Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe or use my special flour and spice mix for regular bone-in chicken parts. My mouthwatering video below is better than an inside-the-park home run.



Your boys and girls of summer will take a 7th inning stretch and huddle around your cast iron pot of my Mom's fragrant and spicy Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya and Cajun Gumbo.

Mom's Cajun Sausage and Chicken Gumbo

Serve a pitcher's mound size plate of Teriyaki Spam Musubi for your Hawaiian friends.

Spam Musubi

Or, set out shredded slow-cooked pork, chopped onion, and cilantro, with warm tortillas and your favorite salsa, for Mexican Carnitas Tacos. Your food fans will start a wave, from the living room to the kitchen table.

Can of Corn: An easy to catch high fly ball to the outfield.

Does beer go with Steamed Articokes? Hmmm....you'll have to try out my recipe to find out - do let me know if you try it!



If fish is on your mind then hook your bleacher bums with some of my homemade Sushi Recipes. Try tagging out a Spicy Tuna or California Roll. How about setting up a Fielder's choice of chopped veggies and fresh fish and roll your own delicious Hand Rolls? It's easier than you think, and I have simple photo-illustrated instructions a click away, here.


My Fish Tacos deserve the MVP award for deliciousness. I make mine Baja, Mexico-style, that is, battered and fried tender fish fillets with a cabbage and creme topping.

Fish Taco

While everyone's watching the pre-game show send in any of my delicious dugout sides, including: Bacon Wrapped DatesTomato & Basil BruschettaDeviled EggsPortabella Mushroom FriesSweet Fried PlantainsCeviche with Avocado and Black Beans, and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce.


Crack a few eggs for a meal most fowl, not foul -- click here to see my Veggie Frittata recipe that will feed all your hungry team players (add some ham pieces to fill out the frittata.)


Dying Quail: a fly ball weakly hit, that lands in between the infield and the outfield.

There will be no need for rain checks when you serve a sandwich plate of gooey, cheesy Patty Melts, hearty Meatball Subs, Homemade Deli PastramiFalafel Pitas, and steaming Sloppy Joe's.


If you're looking for instant pot and crockpot meals don't miss any action on the field of dreams, just check out my Pork BourguignonFrench CassouletChicken Tinga Stew,  Mr. Patti's Red Beans & RiceBaked Pasta with Cheese and CauliflowerBaked Lasagna with Ground ChickenShepherd's Pie, or Sausage & Sauerkraut with Beer recipes.

Baked Lasagna with Ground Chicken

How about a relief pitching recipe? It's a different twist on Buffalo Wings an African Spiced Water Buffalo Wings!! This original recipe features chicken legs, but you can substitute wings.


So dig deep into my bullpen and click on any of the tasty treat names above to watch an instant reply of recipes from my blog. Your guest will be cheering you on -- from their cheap seats!

I'll leave you with my wacky video below, where I swing at all types of produce...and knock them out of the ballpark!


Batter Up!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Chili & Kraut Dog - Video Recipe

A Chili &Kraut Dog and it may be my favorite. I don't always have canned chili in the cupboard, but when I do I open a jar of sauerkraut and build this overloaded dog. The combo of pungent meaty chili and puckering sauerkraut can be too much for some, but not for me.

*If you just want to cut to the chase and watch my video of a Chili & Kraut Dog, just scroll down to the end of this post to play it.


The good thing about sauerkraut is that it lasts forever when bought in a can or jar. And once opened and stored in the refrigerator it has a long shelf-life. I've kept sauerkraut for more than 2 months in the fridge! It's hard to tell when it goes bad as it's so sour.


And to add sour to sour, I like mustard too! With a soft neutral bun and a beefy hot dog, it's a delicious combo of flavors I never get bored with.

Sauerkraut doesn't show up at my local 99c only Store every day, so when it does I usually get a few cans or jars to keep in the cupboard. I can't tell a difference between sauerkraut that is jarred or canned, I guess the salty brine overpowers any difference between cabbage and sauerkraut recipes.


My girlfriend spent time in Germany so she likes her sauerkraut heated up - I don't mind it right out of the can and at room temperature. I think we can both agree to drain and shake out the kraut before piling it on the wiener.

I've made Hot Dogs with all kinds of canned chili, from name-brand Hormel to brands I've never heard of like Hartford House...and they are all just fine by me. In the South, my Mom tops her Chili-Cheese Enchiladas with Wolf Brand Chili.



Canned chilis should mainly be flavored with chili powder. These days it's usually a mix of meats like pork and chicken, but mainly beef. I've grown used to canned chili and actually like the flavor.


The main problem is the texture which is often crumbly from ground meat, not stringy like a saucy pulled pork which I prefer - hey, you get what you pay for!


The last couple of years I started making my own Homemade Beef Chili and you can click on the recipe name to see it, but a warning, this recipe has beans, although it's easy enough to leave them out. Check back in a  few and I'll have a Homemade Beef Chili (no beans) video on my YouTube Channel.


I use the cheapest cut of beef called shank. It's one tough steak but after 2 or 3 hours of simmering in spices and tomato sauce, it becomes fall-apart tender and extra flavorful. Try slow-cooking with beef shank sometime, as it's even cheaper than hamburger these days.


Can you top your Hot Dog with a can of Chili with Beans? Sure, I have in desperate times.

These days it easy to make vegan versions using tofu dogs and vegan chili, so everyone can join in summertime patio Hot Dog partying.

 And the main ingredients of a Hot Dog are cheap of course, but that's not the only reason to like them. They are just a satisfying combination of flavors that you can build any way you like.

A package of Hot Dog Buns for about a buck? Check. I prefer regular white flour buns, but I often find whole wheat bun on sale too -- it's all good. And any grocery store carries them for barely a buck per 8-count package.


Meaty tube steak for a buck? If you know where to look and don't mind if they are a mix of beef, chicken, and pork. I always find them on sale at my local 99c only Store and Dollar Tree.



There is a texture taste difference - I find the typically mixed meat wieners a bit softer when you bite into them and with a milder meaty taste, while an all-beef wiener has more snap and thicker texture and an intense beef flavor. Depending on how my pocketbook is feeling I can work with any type of tube steak.


Do you like your weenies steamed, sauteed, or grilled? I find it easiest to just steam mine in a pot with a basket and covered until they are hot and plump. This way you can walk away and get all the fixing ready while they cook - when you steam them you don't have to worry about burnt weenies.


How about the Hot Dog Buns? Well, at the last minute I will throw in a couple of buns on top of my steaming wieners, cover and give them a minute to soften. This works especially well if the buns are old and hard.


You do have to watch steaming buns as they can become soggy, although you can always let a soggy bun dry out for a couple of minutes if necessary.

 If I am barbequing then I will grill the wieners and add the buns at the finish line - same with sauteing in a frying pan on a stovetop.

I always find jars and squeeze bottles of mustard for a buck, even Grey Poupon!


So, how do you like to make yours? Leave a comment and let's compare wiener...recipes. Ha, ha, I couldn't resist. And check back for more simply delicious and cheap Hot Dogs. So load up the steamer basket or fire up the grill and get to cooking one of my yummy Hot Dog recipes.

Chili & Kraut Dog - VIDEO
Play it here. The video runs 2 minutes, 22 seconds.

My YouTube video link for viewing or embedding, just click here.
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