The Australian Open Tennis Championships begin next week, and we couldn’t be more excited to see it all kick off!
The huge tennis tournament is held every year in Melbourne; it was first played at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in Melbourne but moved in 1988 to Melbourne Park, which has since seen hundreds of thousands of visitors flock there every year. Last year a record number of attendees showed up – 703,899 to be exact – and this year is expected to at least match that number.
The players to beat this year are Serbian Novak Djokovic, the winner of last year’s male singles – bringing his total up to 5 Open wins – and Michigan-born Serena Williams, whose win last year was her sixth. Despite a recent injury, Williams seems fit and prepared for playing, and is still considered the obvious choice for winner.
To celebrate these two excellent tennis players, we’ve found a recipe from each of their cultures to enjoy while watching them!
Serena Williams originates from Saginaw in central Michigan. Perhaps the most iconic food to come from this region is the Saginaw steak sandwich – and we think we’ve found the perfect recipe.
- 1 loaf Italian bread
- Ground steak
- Italian seasoning (basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and oregano)
- Panko bread crumbs
- Sliced mozzarella
- Pizza sauce
Slice the loaf of bread diagonally.
Place the steak patties on an electric griddle and cook them thoroughly through, putting aside afterwards.
Butter your bread slices and then grill them on each side.
Build your sandwich! Place the cooked patty on the bottom slice of bread, add pizza sauce and additional seasoning on top, and as much mozzarella if you’d like.
Top with the other slice of bread and grill to melt the cheese.
From Djokovic’s home country of Serbia, we present this recipe for ćevapčići, a kind of skinless sausage which differs around the country.
You will need:
- 3 cloves of garlic
- ½ medium size onion
- ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¾ teaspoon of paprika
- ¼ cup hot water
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 pound of ground lamb
Use a food processor to mix the garlic, parsley, onion, salt, peppers and paprika together.
In a small bowl, mix together the hot water with cream of tartar and baking soda, until the powders have been dissolved. Add this to the food processor mix and puree everything.
Place the ground meat in a large bowl and add to it the contents of the food processor. Mix really well with your hands.
Cook the sausages on a grill or broiler, about five minutes on each side and make sure they are cooked through.
Ideally, these tasty treats should be served with ajvar, a traditional roasted red pepper sauce that is a common condiment in Serbian restaurants. Every chef makes their own, so explore for a few recipes to see which one you’ll like most!
Make sure to enjoy the tennis, and these delicious snacks!