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Ten Great Recipes for Football Game Eating

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It's here: fall. The stores are beginning to carry Halloween decorations; food magazines are showing turkeys; still-sunny weather has a crispness in the air and, best of all, football season has arrived!

Almost as important as watching the games is the excuse to eat--snack food, junk food, hearty food and...well...favorite foods that can be enjoyed out-of-hand, without using a knife and fork and taking our eyes away from the game. 

Here are links to several recipes for perfect football food, ranging from roasted and salty munchies to filling meals.

1. Muffaletta

Muffaletta
Terri Pischoff Wuerthner

The muffaletta is a favorite of both Cajuns and their Creole city cousins. I always head to Central Grocery in New Orleans as soon as I get into town and purchase a muffaletta. (Well, sometimes I go across the street to Café du Monde first for coffee and a beignet...it's always a difficult decision where to begin my feasting in that wonderful City.) My Great-Uncle Adolphe put his own stamp on this sandwich, as he did on everything, and used pork from our Cajun farm instead of the traditional luncheon meats.

2. Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Po' boy

Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Po' boy
Terri Pischoff Wuertheer

Most Americans eat a sandwich each day, as often as not because they are practical, portable, can be made ahead, keep fresh for hours, and are inexpensive to purchase. We don't really expect anything  more surprising from our sandwiches than we do from our morning cereal. Yet, something as simple as caramelized onions can transform even a simple roast beef sandwich into something memorable.

 

3. Fried Chicken Legs

Fried Chicken Legs
Terri Pischoff Wuerthner

The breast meat of a chicken is often used for chicken pies and other chicken dishes like chicken salad, leaving the legs for frying, taking on picnics during good weather, and for watching football games. No utensils are needed and the legs offer a lot of meat in a compact little cylinder, easy to pack or to eat without looking away from the game on television.

4. Spicy Hot Buttered Pecans

Spicy Hot Buttered Pecans
Terri Pischoff Wuerthner

My Cajun family had a pecan orchard, and harvest time was always special. We would sit around the kitchen table for hours, shelling the nuts.

 

5. Barbecued Shrimp

Barbecued Shrimp
Terri Pischoff Wuerthner

This shrimp dish has neither barbecue sauce nor is it barbecued. But that's the name of the traditional dish. It's loaded with butter and seasonings, and just made to dip lots of bread in!

 

6. Hot Creole Black Bean Dip with Tortilla Chips

Hot Creole Black Bean Dip with Tortilla Chips

This is a great-tasting dip served with tortilla chips and raw veggies for dipping. It may be served hot, warm, or at room temperature. 

May be made several days ahead, and even frozen if desired (texture will suffer a bit from freezing and defrosting, but not much).

 

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