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An Olympic menu for the competitor in all of us

The 2012 Summer Olympic opening ceremony is TONIGHT, kicking off nearly two weeks of heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping competition. And since we didn’t get an invitation (ahem) to join the giant party across the pond, we’ve come up with an Olympic-themed menu for all of us stateside couch coaches (including you) to celebrate with. Consider this your Olympic entertainment cheat sheet.

Olympic Rings Pizza

Photo and recipe courtesy of TasteofHome.com

We won’t penalize you for wanting to stick to an American favorite during these two weeks of non-stop British action, so why not try your hand at an Olympics rings pizza? It’ll pair just as well with our picks for English brew.

What You’ll Need

  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni

What You’ll Do

  • In a bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Add water and oil; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll the dough into a 16-in. x 11-in. rectangle; transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Press dough 1/2 in. up the sides of pan. Spread with pizza sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Arrange pepperoni on top in five interlocking circles. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until crust and cheese are lightly browned. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Jolly Good Chex Mix

Grab by the handful this party favorite. Buy it premade or follow the recipe below for a quick and impressive snack that’s sure to add a little zest to your party.

Photo courtesy of delicious-cooks.com

What You’ll Need

  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 c. Corn Chex
  • 2 c. Rice Chex
  • 2 c. Wheat Chex
  • 1 1/2 c. Planters mixed nuts
  • 1 c. tiny pretzels or pretzel sticks

What You’ll Do 

  • Melt butter in shallow pan over low heat. Stir in salt and Worcestershire sauce. Add Chex, nuts, and pretzels. Mix until all pieces are coated. Heat in a 250 degree oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Serve.

Gold Medal Molasses Cookies

No game night would be complete without something sweet at the end, so go for the gold with these easy cookies.

Photo and recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com

What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (we suggest Gold Medal…see what we did there?)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

What You’ll Do

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the melted margarine, 1 cup sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in the molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; blend into the molasses mixture. Cover, and chill dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until tops are cracked. Cool on wire racks.

Now that you’re set on the snacks, it’s time to select the perfect beer for the occasion. We suggest Boddington’s, Bass Ale or Fuller’s to add a little English flavor to the meal. Plus, they’re worth a little competition of their own. Ask your buds to bring their own versions of each meal above and vote on whose you think is the best. The winner takes home the left over brew (if there is any) and most importantly, bragging rights for the next four years!

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Texas time, with the Queen of England kicking things off (who else would it be?). Grab a cold one, sit back and let the games begin!

Cheers, Pint Jockeys!

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