Whether you're tailgating or parked on the couch, food goes with football. There is something satisfying about overeating while watching someone else operating at peak physical efficiency.
With college football headed for its second weekend and the National Football League slated for kickoff tomorrow night, you need to get serious about your snacks. The preseason is over, so it's time to crack out the starters and the entrees. Here's Fat City's list of the Top 10 essential game foods.
-- food sold in a brick is the basic building block for a party. Pair it with Hormel or Rotel
, add it to the microwave and you've got dip that can double as caulk for your tub.
. Low-impact, high-results. After cooking the meat and adding the spices, just let it sit, sweating lightly, and occasionally refresh it with a bit of beer. If you don't have a drinking buddy, chili can be that friend -- which you eat.
8. Twice-baked potatoes
. Twice-baked potatoes are akin to eggs. They take no effort or skill. But like Tony Siragusa, you'll find unexpected joy hidden in all that mass.
7. Homemade fruit salsa
. Purists would object to fruit on the plate, but the end of summer means that fruit salsa is a good call right now. Plus, you need something a little sweet to sit inside all that Velveeta dip in your stomach.
6. Juicy Lucy Sliders
. Buy ground hamburger meat, not too lean. Take a slice of American cheese and break it into eight squares. Stack the squares inside a hand-rolled patty, about the size of the top of your coffee mug. Grill for three to five minutes on a side. Crimp the edges of the meat around the patty. Serve on dinner or potato rolls.
5. If it's been ten years and thirty pounds since you actually played on your high school football team -- or ten years, two husbands, one facelift and five pounds since you were a cheerleader -- you could go with nostalgic snacks: Jiffy Pop popcorn ("Jiffy Pop, Jiffy Pop, the magic treat, as much fun to make as it is to eat!") and a frosty ice cream soda, followed by a healthy, nourishing Milky Way bar.
4. If you don't have time to make deviled eggs, get some ready-to-eat at the Westside Local at 1663 Summit. This restaurant also has other snacks that are also tasty with cold beer: pickles, olives, Emmenthaler cheese and braunschweiger.
3. If you really want to class up the game-watching experience, shine up the family sterling and use it to display an assortment of fancy cheeses -- like the locally-made Green Dirt Farm sheep's milk fromage -- and crackers from the Better Cheddar.
2. Unexpected by delicious: Chinese take-out finger food, like egg rolls, crab rangoon, shrimp toast or crispy eggplant from one of the several Bo Lings in town.
1. Tailgate at home! Before the game, make a dash over to one of the last classic 1950s drive-ins: Mug's Up Root Beer Restaurant on 23rd Street in Independence. Order a sack o' Zip Burgers, Whiz Burgers, barbecue sandwiches and a couple of chili dogs plus onion rings, tater tots and fries. Don't forget the homemade root beer.
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