Sporting Park food that’s fitting for the Champions League

07/16/2014 7:00 AM

07/15/2014 12:44 PM

Fans who attend games at Sporting Park will tell you the experience is like no other: The energy, the crowd and the championship team make for a memorable event.

Top it off with the stadium’s food offerings, and you’ve got a match made in soccer heaven — or the Blue Hell.

“We want fans to feel that if they come to Sporting Park and don’t have dinner with us, they’re missing out,” said Christianne Miles, general director of Delaware North Companies, which provides food and beverages for Sporting Park.

Though the World Cup may be over, there are plenty of soccer games to be had. Sporting KC returns for a home game Saturday at 5 p.m., against L.A. Galaxy.

While you’re there, munch on these:

Chicken tenders

Maybe you think if you’ve had one chicken strip, you’ve had them all. But a quick look at these hand-battered tenders will convince you otherwise.

Coated with tempura and crushed saltine crackers, these chicken strips are anything but ordinary.

Chef Monica Walters tested 14 different versions before landing on the final recipe, which is equal parts crunchy and tender.

$10, served with fries

Half-pound BLT hot dog

Don’t be intimidated by the size of this puppy.

The crisp lettuce, tomatoes and crunchy bacon add a fresh touch, which keeps the all-beef dog from weighing you down.

Add the house-made ranch, barbecue sauce or honey mustard for extra flavor.

$8.50

Gourmet grilled cheese

It’s hard to go wrong with a staple comfort food like a classic grilled cheese.

Sporting chefs updated the signature sandwich by adding applewood smoked bacon, grilled tomatoes and Muenster and smoked cheddar cheese between two thick-cut slices of sourdough bread.

“It’s kid-friendly as well as adult-friendly,” executive chef Michelle DeMarco said.

$8, served with chips

European meat pie

In an homage to soccer’s homeland, Sporting fans can now get a taste of tradition in the heartland with the European meat pie.

The blend of ground beef and veggies in a chewy, flaky crust is sized just right to hold in one hand, but it’s enough to fill you up.

Not sure what to do with your free hand? Fill it with a cup of the signature Blue Hell Lemonade, a mixture of blue Curacao, vodka and lemonade either frozen or on the rocks.

Pie $8, Blue Hell Lemonade $10

Street tacos

The options are plentiful for Sporting’s street tacos, which can be filled with carne asada, carnitas or chipotle chicken.

Dress up the corn tortillas with freshly made salsa verde or salsa roja and as many jalapenos, cilantro and red onions as the topping bar allows.

$9

Habanero-dusted hominy

For a kick in your mouth, try this spicy snack, which is a flavorful take on a corn nut and just as addictive.

Take a break from the heat with the house-made jerky, available in two different flavors.

Hominy $3.50, jerky $4

Burger

Topped with a light, fluffy bun and a crisp piece of butter lettuce, Sporting’s fresh-made burger is not to be missed.

Long removed from that frozen-patty taste, the burger combines big taste and bold flavors with Sporting’s homemade ketchup or honey mustard.

$10.50, served with fries

To reach Melissa Schupmann, call 816-234-4367 or send email to mschupmann@kcstar.com.

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