Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub at Empire City Casino Unveils Recipes for Its Garlic Rub Chicken Wings & More – Just in Time for Your “Big Game” Party

Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub at Empire City Casino Unveils Recipes for Its Garlic Rub Chicken Wings & More – Just in Time for Your “Big Game” Party

Bearing the name of the legendary football family, Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub is synonymous  with football, and knows how to feed hungry football fans. With more than 1.3-billion chicken wings typically consumed across America the Sunday of the “Big Game,” Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York is sharing its fan-favorite garlic rub chicken wing recipe, perfect for the home chef or cooking connoisseur. Served at the casino’s gridiron hangout Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar, the garlic rub features a tantalizing combination of spices, including dark chili powder, paprika, cumin and, of course, garlic. Paired with an ice cold beer, these wings are the perfect addition to any Big Game gourmet table.

For the burger-lover in the group, you’ll score by serving the award-winning signature Dan Rooney burger. Topped with Brie cheese, watercress, and homemade honey peppercorn aioli, this burger is perfect for a full entrée, or slim it down to make it a great football slider. Any way you size it, the Dan Rooney burger is sure to have guests running to the end zone for a second helping.

Don’t forget to serve something sweet for the 4th quarter: whip up Empire City’s delectable classic cheesecake to satisfy the sweet tooth of every party goer. There’s no chance of a flag when your guests taste the creamy cake atop a homemade graham cracker crust – just hope there’s no overtime, as guests will easily devour this dessert in one down.

Here are the recipes for the garlic-rubbed extra spicy wings, Dan Rooney burger, and the classic cheesecake for inclusion consideration in any Big Game party stories:

Dan Rooney’s Garlic Rub Chicken Wings (1 serving)

Wings Joints and Flats

7 each


1/2 tbsp

Dark Chili Powder

1/2 tbsp


1/2 tbsp

Onion Powder

1/2 tbsp

Garlic Powder

3 tbsp

Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tbsp, grounded

Salt & Pepper

To taste

Directions: Combine the spices (reserving 1 tbs of garlic powder for post-cooking seasoning) and toss with the wings to coat. Bake for 35 minutes in 350-degree oven. Fry wings until crispy and golden brown, drain and toss with garlic infused olive-oil and remaining garlic powder.

Dan Rooney’s Signature Burger (1 serving)


1/4 bunch

Brie Cheese

1 oz

Honey Peppercorn Aioli

2 oz

Red Onions

1 oz

Potato Roll

1 roll

Burger Patty

8 oz

Honey Peppercorn Aioli Recipe


3 cups

Honey Pure

1/4 jar


2 oz, freshly chopped


2 oz, freshly chopped


4 oz, peeled

Roast Garlic Puree

1/2 bulb

Lemon Juice

1 lemon, fresh squeezed

Black Peppercorn

2 oz, crushed

Directions: Grill burger, place on bun, top with Brie cheese, onions and watercress. Spread aioli sauce on inside of bun top and place on top of the burger.

Empire City’s Classic Cheesecake

Cream Cheese

2 1/2 lbs, room temperature


1/2 lb


6 eggs

Egg Yolks

2 eggs

Sour Cream

6 oz.

Directions: In a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, yolks and sour cream until fully combined. Set batter aside.

Classic Cheesecake Crust

Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/2 pound


2 oz


3 oz, melted

Directions: Mix all crust ingredients until combined. Using an 8” springform pan, spray with non-stick spray and then place crumbs on the bottom. Press into the pan until firm. Pour cheesecake batter on top. Place on a sheet pan in the oven and add warm water around springform pan to cover bottom of the sheet pan. Bake on 250-degrees for 1 ½ hours. Cheesecake should still jiggle slightly in the middle. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate overnight (in the springform pan.)

For hosts with a better throwing arm than a pan-flipping wrist, have no fear – Empire City also offers catering for the Big Game, with customizable menus and crowd favorites, including nachos, game classic pigs-in-a-blanket, mouthwatering garlic rub chicken wings and more. To cater your home party, please call 914 457-2457 and place your order by Thursday, February 1, 2018.

It is also noteworthy that last September, Empire City hosted the first-ever Westchester County “Wingfest” in partnership with Westchester Magazine.Wing fanatics from across the tristate area flocked to the casino for a celebration of all-you-can-eat chicken wings prepared by more than 25 area restaurants, including, of course, Dan Rooney’s.

About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:

Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.

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