Mario Batali's Ultimate Race Day Recipes

Chef Mario Batali shares his NASCAR-inspired recipes.

Aug. 1, 2007 — -- Legendary chef Mario Batali has combined his love for race cars and his love for food in his book, "Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style," published by Sporting News. He serves up a slew of dishes sure to earn cheers at the track, or in the backyard.

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Barbecued Wings Charlotte Style


24 chicken wings

2 cups apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup tomato paste

1/4 ketchup

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon peanut oil

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon salt


Put the chicken wings in a medium pot. Add the other ingredients and bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat. Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the wings until just cooked through, about 25 minutes. Let the wings rest in the pot with the sauce overnight in the refridgerator or an ice-filled cooler. Grill the wings over medium-high heat until nicely browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the wings a few times during grilling and baste them liberally with the sauce from the pot. Serve immediately with lots of napkins.

Restrictor Plate Chili


6 slices bacon cut into 1-inch pieces

2 onions, finely chopped

2 red bell peppers, steamed, seeded, and finely chopped 6 cloves garlic finely chopped

2 pounds ground sirloin

6-ounce can tomato paste

1/4 cup chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

two 4-ounce cans green chiles, drained

4-ounce can diced jalapeños chiles

4 cups water

28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 cup coarsely chopped pitted green olives

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons dried oregono

12-ounce can pinto beans, drained

12-ounce can corn, drained


Prepare enough coals for a medium-hot fire or set a gas grill to medium-high (or turn on the stove). Place a large pot over medium-high heat and add the bacon pieces. When the bacon is cooked through, about 6 minutes, pour out some of the fat, add the onion and red bell peppers, and cook until the vegetables soften, about 6 minutes more. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the ground sirloin and cook, breaking up the sirloin until all the pink is gone, about 5 minutes more. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, and ground cumin and cook for 1 minute, stirring often. Add the green chiles, jalapeños, water, tomatoes, olivesm cinnamon, and oregano and bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer the chili for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes of so to keep the bottom from scorching. Add the pinto beans and corn and simmer for 10 minutes more, stirring often. Remove from heat and serve, or let cool and keep cold in refridgerator or ice-filled cooler for up to 3 days. Reheat the chili by placing the pot on the grill over medium heat, stirring to keep the bottom from scorching, until the chili is heated through.

Serves 8

Creamy Coleslaw


1 pound (about half a medium head) of cabbage

1 medium onion, peeled and grated

6 radishes, grated

1/2 cup mayonnaise

tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon celery seeds

1 teaspoon salt

freshly ground black pepper


Quarter the cabbage head, trim off the core and remove the outer, dark green leaves. Cut each quarter across into the thinnest strips you can. Transfer the cabbage to a large mixing bowl. Add the onion, carrot, and radishes and toss together. Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, celery seeds, salt, and pepper to taste and gently toss with your hands, making sure the dressing is evenly distributed. Serve immediately or keep cold in a refrigerator or ice-filled cooler until ready to use, up to 48 hours.

Serves 8

Double Chocolate Time-Trial Brownies


cooking grease for greasing pan

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 4 equal parts

1/2 cup Dutch-process unsweetened coca powder

1 cup granulated sugar

8 ounces chocolate chips

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

2 extra-large eggs

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Confectioners' sugar topping


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8-by-8 inch baking pan. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and cocoa powder, stirring continuously until the butter is just melted. Use a rubber spatula to transfer the cocoa mixture to a large mixing bowl. Let the cocoa mixture cool for 2 minutes. Then add the sugar, chocolate chips, and vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Add the eggs 1 at a time, stirring so that each is well combined. Add the flour and stir until just combined. Do not over-mix. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake on the center rack for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with tiny crumbs. Dust with confectioners' sugar, cut into 9 squares, and serve. Or, store for up to 2 days in a tightly-sealed plastic container.

Makes 9 large brownies