I remember seeing my father watch the Tokyo Giants baseball game every night during the season, but thinking back, I can’t remember whether or not there was a special game-time snack he’d typically enjoy. Why am I thinking about this all of a sudden? Let’s just say I’ve noticed that things are a little different here in the U.S. when it comes to sports. Here, people treat ‘the big game’ like the Fourth of July. No game-day celebration seems complete without multiple varieties of chips, dips, wings, and burgers. Seeing a real American tailgate party looked like a lot of fun. (the food that is, not the sports-watching).
My husband is not a crazy enough sports fan to paint his face (thank goodness!), but there are a few games that he’d hate to miss. I’ve sadly learned that in the fall, Saturdays have to be planned around college football. On the most sacred Saturday of them all, Los Angeles is split in two, as sides are taken for the big UCLA vs USC game. Last weekend was that very Saturday, and like all true sports fans, my husband wanted a snack. My solution–an open faced mushroom ragu sandwich. He liked it, but confided in me that he was craving a continuous series of little snacks.
Continuous? Although I immediately thought of buffalo wings, I remembered that our Thanksgiving dinner was not that long ago, so maybe those wouldn’t be the best choice. Hot dogs? Continuous hot dogs would probably kill you, so maybe that’s not an option either. Finally, I came up with the perfect plan: mini corn dogs. I grew up loving corn dogs, except back home in Japan, we called them “American dogs (American doggu)”.
To prepare the small snacks, I used a Japanese takoyaki pan (similar to this half sphered pan from William Sonoma), which was nice, because it let me avoid frying. The ingredients were simple: wholewheat pancake mix and chopped organic hot dog meat. I can’t claim that it was entirely healthful, but as far as continuous snacks go, I think I did o.k.
Did he like them? Well, this year as a UCLA fan, his only smile came from the snacks! A 50-0 loss! Ouch! There’s one more game this Friday. Will he root for the UCLA Bruins or the American Doggus? We’ll have to wait and see.