In this country, football is as much a part of Thanksgiving as is the turkey. Since I always cared more about eating than playing sports, the televised games were always background noise to me. It was something that the “guys” would watch while my sister and I hung out with the ladies sneaking tastes of all the delicious food in the kitchen.
I didn’t realize that watching Thanksgiving Day football was so deeply rooted in our culture until my kids learned about this tradition at school. Having three boys I decided I should brush up on this phenomenon so I could answer the inevitable question; “Why do we watch football on Thanksgiving?” I am sure it will be right up there in importance to them as “Is there a God”? “Is there really a Tooth fairy” “Where do babies come from”- so I thought I should be prepared.
I was surprised to learn that the tradition of playing football on Thanksgiving dates back to the 1800’s. The first Thanksgiving Day game was played in Philadelphia in 1869 and the tradition has continued yearly to this day. And the football is not limited to the TV. Apparently, there is modern day tradition called the “Turkey Day Bowl” which is played by families and friends on their own lawns. I know Brian can’t wait to get our little football team on the field and partake in this ritual. He has been coaching the boys for months now and they can definitely catch a football better than I can. Although that is not saying too much…
And another one of life’s questions: “Why do people like to eat chicken wings when they watch football?” I did some preliminary research into this but was unable to come up with much on that one.
– This recipe works great for wings or drumsticks, whichever is your family’s preference.
2-3 lbs chicken drumsticks (about 10 pcs.)
Salt & pepper
2 eggs, plus a few Tbsp water
2 cups seasoned panko breadcrumbs
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with foil and a baking rack. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Set-up breading station: Place flour in a shallow dish. In a second dish, whisk the eggs with a few tablespoons of water. In a third dish, combine the breadcrumbs, grated cheese, and the garlic.
Coat the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess. Next dip in the egg.
And lastly, place in the breadcrumb mixture. Press the crumbs firmly to the chicken and place on baking rack.
Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes until crispy and chicken is cooked through. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
And the VERDICT is:
Mattthew (age 6): “The breadcrumbs ruin the taste of the chicken – not a big fan”
Liam (age 4): “I like the breadcrumbs and the chicken A LOT”
Dylan (age 4): “The breadcrumbs are good but I don’t like the chicken”
Not a touchdown with this one, although there were only 2 pieces left after dinner!