Food and sport matching

There's no doubt about it – certain foods go with certain sports. Where would tennis be without strawberries or a good game of footie without a meat pie? Take a look at what we think are the best foods to eat when watching sport; be it on the box or outdoors.

Food and sport matching

Basketball, baseball & American football: All-American fare

Events: American Football Super Bowl, US (February), Major League Baseball, US (April-September), London Four Nations Basketball, UK (August)

Buffalo chicken wings

Buffalo chicken wings

A time-honoured barbecue favourite, these spicy chicken wings taste wonderful dipped in their blue cheese dressing.

Hot dogs with fiery onion relish

Hot dogs with fiery onion relish

Who doesn't love a hot dog; they're classic fare whether it's for barbecues, watching sport and wintry evenings.

Southern fried chicken

Southern fried chicken

Look out for special offers on free-range chicken legs, thighs or drumsticks for this recipe for Southern fried chicken.

Chilli beans with monterey jack nachos

Chilli beans with monterey jack nachos

This easy Tex-Mex recipe from Matthew Drennan is a great hotpot-cum-hearty soup, enhanced by the gentle heat of green chillies. It's perfect comfort food fare.

Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

You'll catch many hands in the cookie jar if you bake these old favourites.

Carrot cake

Carrot cake

There's no need to wait for a special occasion before you tuck in to this classic American treat.

 


Cricket: East meets west

Events: Cricket County Championships begin, UK (April), Lords, UK (May), Old Trafford, UK (May), The Ashes (July)

Mulligatawny soup

Mulligatawny soup

This fab low-cal soup has many variations. We have made ours with beef. It’s also great with leftover chicken or turkey. It's a perfect dish to freeze ahead.

Indian-flavoured scones with onion chutney

Indian-flavoured scones with onion chutney

An Indian-inspired twist on the traditional scone.

A very Anglo-Indian egg curry

A very Anglo-Indian egg curry

You can’t beat this easy English take on a vegetarian curry with spinach and lemon wedges. Cold, it makes a great picnic salad.

Watercress and piccalilli salad

Watercress and piccalilli salad

This is a salad inspired by, rather than true to the notion of, piccalilli. It goes well with any terrine or pâté, as well as cold meats or smoked fish.

Strawberries, Cointreau and mascarpone cream

Strawberries, Cointreau and mascarpone cream

An upmarket recipe for classic strawberries and cream.

 


Football: It's got to be meat

Events: Premier League , UK (August), Uefa Champions League (September), World Cup (Summer 2010)

Ultimate cheeseburger

Ultimate cheeseburger

It's hard to better a good beef burger when it comes to a barbecue. This can also be cooked indoors.

Beef, caramelised onion and ale pie

Beef, caramelised onion and ale pie

Beef and ale would be more than enough to make this comforting recipe a hit, but add caramelised onions and you have an unforgettable pie.

Chicken curry puffs

Chicken curry puffs

Based on a well-loved Thai recipe, these are like extremely flaky samosas. You could make your own puff pastry but for those in a rush look for a good, all-butter brand.

 


Horse-riding: Posh picnic

Events: Glorious Goodwood (July) Hickstead Show Jumping, Sussex (July) Windsor Equestrian/Jumping & Dressage Championships (August) Horse of the Year Show, Wembley (October)

Langoustines and mayonnaise

Langoustines and mayonnaise

Langoustines and mayonnaise were made for each other but prawns would work just as well, as would crab for this wonderful starter.

A rather old-fashioned rice salad

A rather old-fashioned rice salad

A truly retro picnic dish.

Waldorf slaw with ham

Waldorf slaw with ham

Turn bought coleslaw into something home-made with this easy no-cook dish. Try with cooked turkey or beef if you prefer.

Gin and tonic jellies

Gin and tonic jellies

Britain's favourite pre-dinner drink is transformed into a party jelly in this clever recipe.

Peach and raspberry Champagne cocktail

Peach and raspberry Champagne cocktail

This peach and raspberry cocktail is made with a delicious fruit puree and Champagne or sparkling wine.

 


Rugby: Male and hearty fare

Events: Rugby Union (January-June), Rugby League (August-November)

Potted ham with mustard

Potted ham with mustard

A good old-fashioned meaty treat.

Steak and kidney pie

Steak and kidney pie

This quintessential British dish pays homage to British Food Fortnight, which starts today. This pie recipe will satisfy the hungriest of stomachs.

Treacle tart

Treacle tart

This sweet and sticky treacle tart is fun to make - but much more fun to eat!

Barbecue recipes

Barbecue recipes

Come and browse our selection of delicious barbecue recipes. Get barbecue-savvy with our hot tips and al fresco menu ideas.

 


Sailing & Rowing: Fish supper a necessity

Events: Oxbridge Boat Race (March), Henley Regatta (July), Cowes Week, Isle of Wight (August)

Chilli crab and prawn tarts

Chilli crab and prawn tarts

These individual seafood tarts are satisfying enough to serve as a main course or substantial snack.

Strawberry and langoustine salad

Strawberry and langoustine salad

This combination is not as odd as it sounds – the floral notes of strawberries and pineapples work well together with langoustines (which are increasingly known as Dublin Bay prawns).

Battered fish and squashed minty peas

Battered fish and squashed minty peas

This home-made takeaway recipe of fried fish is easy to make and tastier than your local chippy.

Oysters and stout

Oysters and stout

What used to be an inexpensive nibble is now a bit of a luxury. What the heck, treat yourself.

Home-made choc ices

Home-made choc ices

There's no need to cook with this delightful dessert. Kids and adults alike will love these home-made chocolate treats, made with only three ingredients.

 


Tennis: Summer high tea

Events: Wimbledon, UK (June), U.S Open Tennis Championship (August)

Hot smoked trout and green butter

Hot smoked trout and green butter

This old-fashioned British savoury makes a great lunch. It would also make an elegant, if minimalist, starter.

Vegetable, rice and feta tart

Vegetable, rice and feta tart

This easy vegetarian cheesy tart recipe is perfect to slice up and pop in a sealed container for al fresco eating.

Strawberry cream cheese sandwiches

Strawberry cream cheese sandwiches

Try these gourmet sandwiches for that quintessentially great British taste. They're perfect for an afternoon tea or birthday party.

 

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