I will be honest, I rarely actually watch football until the playoffs. Even then it is all about the food. For me it is all about gathering with friends and family and enjoying a variety of ‘football food’. Wings, dips, salsa and sliders…. oh my!
Representing the Denver Broncos – Spicy Orange Bison Balls
I am going with Denver and the Bison Balls. Watch out, these gems pack quite a punch!
Representing the San Diego Chargers – Baja Fish Tacos
A bit of a long shot I think, but wouldn’t a tray of these fish tacos be a winning play?
Hands down I am going for the San Francisco 49 Niners – I don’t even have a recipe to represent the Carolina Panthers ~ sorry Carolina fans!
These sourdough bowls filled with Andy’s Not So Spicy Chili will do the trick. This chili is mild but full of flavor.
As for the rest of the games:
I am going with New England (Clam Chowder) over the Colts – sorry Indy, I don’t have a food plan for you.
As for New Orleans vs Seattle – Can I just choose a Cajun seasoned pacific fish? This battle is a toss up for me.
Can you even imagine a Super Bowl feast without Avocados? According to the Hass Avocado Board, ‘Americans are expected to consume 79 million pounds of avocados around the championship game. For those keeping score, that’s roughly 158 million avocados.’ That’s a lot of guacamole!
Purists will tell you that with a perfect avocado all you need for a great guacamole is to smash it with a little salt. Although I love it that way I also love a chunky guacamole mixed with all the makings of pico de gallo. (Fresh tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic and lime)
Want to learn more about avocados? Check out the California Avocado for tips on selecting, storing and using avocados.
Too bad the Dallas Cowboys are out of the playoffs as these Texas Egg Rolls would be a perfect match. I might have to change the name of these as they will make an appearance at our ‘Football Food Fest’.
Eggroll wrappers surround green chilies and cheese. Devine with a little guacamole on the side.
No football party is complete without the required 7 Layer Dip. This is another one that I don’t really have a ‘recipe’ for. This recipe from Allrecipes calls for bean sprouts, which I don’t use – you could use shredded romaine instead and add olives too. It’s your dip, make it what you want!
By the way, if you think you know how to eat wings you might thing again! Check out Chef John’s How to Eat Wings. You might learn a thing or two!
Speaking of wings, I will be posting a great recipe for baked wings that are so good you will never look back to that deep fryer again!
In the meantime – Happy Football Food. Enjoy!