People often ask me how I think of something to write about each week. Some weeks are easier than others. Often an event will happen that interests me and I want to further investigate.
After the busy Fourth of July celebration at my house, I served several family members brunch on the following Sunday. The conversation at the table turned to the annual 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. As soon as we had eaten, everyone assembled in the den to watch this momentous occasion.
I have seen the catfish eating contest in Belzoni at the Catfish Festival, but that was the extent of my experience concerning competitive eating. There is an International Confederation of Competitive Eating that is the governing body for the MLE (Major League Eating). The MLE oversees about 80 events every year. Many are televised and have generated hours of original programming. ESPN broadcasts the 4th of July hot dog eating contests every year. This is what we were watching and I had no idea what I had been missing. The broadcast has more viewers than any Major League baseball game in the United States.
Steve confessed during watching the competition that he had participated in a hot dog eating contest when he played football at Mississippi State. It was not timed, just who could eat the most. At that time, all athletes lived in the athletic dorm and were fed quite well in the dining room. Each night they were served a late- night snack. On this one occasion it turned into a hot dog eating contest. His roommate won with a grand total of 15!
After looking into this “sport” I could not believe what people eat for competition. I wanted to include some of my favorites.
*65 hard boiled eggs – 6 minutes 40 seconds
*68 hot dogs – 10 minutes
*8.1 lbs Vienna sausage – 10 minutes
*47 grilled cheese sandwiches – 10 minutes
*103 Krystal hamburgers – 8 minutes
*13.23 lbs jellied cranberry sauce – 8 minutes
*48 glazed doughnuts – 8 minutes
*2.76 lbs. bologna – 6 minutes
*1 ½ gallons chili – 10 minutes
*6.5 lbs. crawfish – 10 minutes
*6 lbs. Spam – 12 minutes
*46 dozen oysters – 10 minutes
*11 lbs. cheesecake – 9 minutes
*42 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches – 10 minutes
*7 quarter pound sticks unsalted butter – 5 minutes
*6 lbs. 9 oz. cabbage – 9 minutes
*46 ears of corn – 12 minutes
*4 (32 oz.) bowls mayonnaise – 8 minutes
*17 peeled bananas – 2 minutes
*13 raw eggs – 1 second
*3 whole lemons (seeds & peel) – 15.3 seconds
*100 yards of spaghetti – 12 .2 seconds
There are “big names” in the world of competitive eating. When you see these names – Joey Chestnut, Sonya Thomas, Patrick Bertoletti, Eater X Tim and Bob Shoudt - you know they are the ones to beat.
Sponsors for these events are quite a broad range. Everyone from Heinz Ketchup to Old Navy wants to get in on the action. My favorite sponsor was Pepto- Bismol.
This week’s recipes don’t have to do with speed, but the slow cooker and no more than 5 ingredients. Hope you enjoy them and save yourself some time in the kitchen. Thanks for reading.
CROCKPOT SOUR CREAM BACON CHICKEN
8 slices bacon
8 chicken breasts
2 cans Roasted Garlic Cream of Chicken Soup
½ cup flour
1 cup sour cream
Wrap a slice of bacon around each chicken breasts - place in slow cooker. Mix the other ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours. Makes delicious gravy to serve over rice.
CROCKPOT CAJUN POT ROAST
2 lb. boneless chuck roast
1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
1 onion, chopped
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes with garlic
1 tsp. Tabasco
Sprinkle Cajun seasoning on roast and rub to coat well. Place in crockpot and top with onion. Add tomatoes, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on Low for 8 hours.
CROCKPOT WILD RICE PILAF
2 cups uncooked wild rice
1 small onion, chopped
2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
2 (4 oz.) cans sliced mushrooms, undrained
1 small jar diced pimiento, undrained
Spray inside of slow cooker with Pam. Combine all ingredients plus ½ cup water and salt and pepper to taste; mix well. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.