Have you checked the weather report recently? Well if you haven’t let me fill you in—80’s and sunny! Finally. Goodbye winter.
You know what all that heat and sun means, right? Grilling and tailgating season is fast approaching! Instead of doing the same ol’ hamburger recipe that includes absolutely no seasoning and requires globs of ketchup and mustard, you could have the Washington Redskins’ head chef, Jon Mathieson, show you how to make some quick, easy and tasty dishes.
How? If you join the Women of Washington Redskins before midnight Sunday, you and three friends will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a FREE private cooking lesson with Mathieson.
After signing up, get to know a little bit more about Mathieson and what exactly foie gras is below:
What is the first thing you will do with the sweepstakes winners?
“I will evaluate their experience and figure out what their looking to do and play off of that. Maybe they’re looking how to use the smoker and make a smoked dish. Then, we’ll play with making a salad to take with them. I could also show how to make a tasty soup.”
What is the most unique dish you’ve ever made?
“Foie gras. It’s a roasted duck liver. I also added some grilled fruit. It was delicious. I used to make bacon Panini’s as well.”
What is your top tailgating dish?
“Smoked barbeque ribs. They can be either beef ribs or pork ribs, it doesn’t matter which.”
Often, tailgating is really at its highest peak when it is cold outside. Having said that, what are some good foods and ideas for when it is a little bit warmer?
“That’s where you do a majority of your grilling, especially chicken. Smoked turkey breast is another great idea. We’re doing that for this weekend’s Draft Day Party. To add a little bit to your tailgating though, you can also add grilled fruit and marinated vegetables.”
What’s your favorite aspect about the Redskins Park kitchen?
“I’ve really enjoyed using the smoker, but I really want to start playing around with the Woks soon. I haven’t had a chance to use them as much as I’ve wanted to. But, I think I’ve had the most fun with the brick oven.”
What types of pizza have you made for the players?
“We’ve done smoked salmon pizza, veggie pizza, buffalo chicken pizza and a special sausage and peppers. Easily the favorite among the players is the buffalo chicken pizza. They can’t get enough of it.”
Overall, what’s the top food amongst the players right now?
“I think it’s the fajitas that we do and our gumbo. They go crazy over those.”
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.