Andrew Zimmern Blogs: My Go-To Tailgating Recipe to Kick Off the NFL Season

09/10/2015 at 04:34 PM ET

Andrew Zimmern Soup Recipe
Andrew Zimmern

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Whether you’re at the game or at home on the couch, this one-pot meal is fantastic football food.

I bring this to almost every tailgate I attend. My grandma started making a version of this almost 50 years ago, using kosher hot dogs and her mom’s pea soup recipe. Suffice it to say, it’s changed.

Make this soup with your favorite Eastern European sausage (kielbasa, Krakowska or Ukrainian)—they all rock in this soup. Use a mix if you are so inclined. I get my sausage from Kramarczuk’s in Minneapolis, and it’s worth mail ordering some links if you don’t have a good local sausage shop.

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I call this a “tailgating pot of love.”

Andrew Zimmern Soup Recipe
Stephanie Myer

Grandma Zimmern’s Kielbasa & Split Pea Soup
Serves 12

1 tsp. caraway seeds
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 lb. Polish kielbasa links or other Eastern European-style sausage
3 cups chopped escarole
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced celery
1 ½ cups diced yellow onion
1 cup diced fennel
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 meaty ham bone or smoked pork shank
3 qt. low-sodium chicken broth
1 ½ cups green split peas
1 ½ cups yellow split peas
Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
White vinegar, hot sauce and crusty bread, for serving

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1. In a small skillet, toast the caraway seeds over medium heat, stirring until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Finely grind the seeds in a spice or coffee grinder.

2. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the sausage and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a plate, cover and refrigerate.

3. Add the escarole, carrots, celery, onion, fennel, garlic, thyme and ground caraway seeds to the pot and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the ham bone and broth and bring to a boil. Add the peas, cover partially and simmer until the peas are tender, about 1 hour.

4. Gently mash some of the peas to thicken the broth. Thinly slice the sausage, add it to the soup and simmer until the sausage is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Season the stew with sea salt and white pepper. Serve with white vinegar, hot sauce and bread.

Make ahead tip: The stew can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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