My Top 10 Football Foods

Greg RiotAnalyst IOctober 20, 2009

There are certain things that just go hand-in-hand: peanut butter and jelly, Frank Sinatra and New York, and football with greasy/messy food. Sunday is just an excuse to have a party where you eat and drink way too much.

The food usually served up for a Sunday afternoon full of NFL Football is not for the vegetarian’s in the crowd, although there have been some mean veggie chilies consumed in my day. For the most part, it’s about men and a carnivorous buffet of fall-off-the-bone, saucy, greasy, and delicious dishes.

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 football foods.

10. Nachos

Let's start off with a classic that is always a good call for a pregame appy, Nachos. It’s hard to go wrong with tortilla chips smothered in melted cheese, but when you kick it up a notch with jalapeño peppers, beans and even some ground beef, you got a winning dish. Of course, you can’t serve the chips without some salsa, but a real winner would have some guacamole and sour cream on the side.

9. Meatballs

Hot balls of meat that are oozing with flavor and, depending on the cook, sauce is a welcome addition to any football party. Anything that needs only a toothpick to eat is fine in my books. 

8. Steak Tips

The key to great steak tips, aside from not over cooking, is the marinating process. You’ll be able to tell that someone is serious about their Sundays if they let those babies sit over night to soak up all that goodness, which really pays off come chow time.

7. BBQ Baked Beans

A classic, that’s all that can be said. If you want to go about it in the long route, you can spend the 24 hours soaking the dry beans and marinating and baking the beans in a combination of molasses, brown sugar and BBQ sauce. But honestly, the canned stuff they have nowadays is on point. Save yourself the trouble, grab a can opener, a pot, and a wooden spoon, and in 5 minutes, you got a football classic that’s a great side dish for anything on this list.

6. Pizza

Whether it's from the freezer or the front door, this is a Sunday must. If you want to keep your guests happy, order up a couple pies and your job is done. No fuss, no muss.

5. Pulled Pork

This is for the serious Sunday man. Most guys will save this little beauty for the Super Bowl as you really need to put in your time with this one. Not only does it take a while to cook the pork, but if your doing it right, you need to whip up the sauce as well and bring it all together with some fixings (coleslaw is a classic).  

4. Chili

Ah chili, it’s great for Sundays, but it's great on any day. The best thing about chili, other than the awesomeness, is that you can make way in advance and just heat it up for game time and you’re ready to go. It’s a one-pot job that fills you up just right. Pair it with a nice loaf of bread and some grated cheese and you’ll have people napping at halftime without fail.

3. Ribs

Just like its cousin, pulled pork, ribs are a job and a half. It's totally understandable if you want to save these bad boys for Super Bowl, but if you want to make an exception when your team is playing in the Sunday Nighter, we won’t stop you. There are a few things about ribs that makes them special, they are difficult to cook just right, the sauce is almost as important as the rib and they aren’t cheap. But when you get them right, it’s the Grand Pu Bah of Sunday foods.

2. Sausages and Hot Dogs

You can go with the classic hot dog but if your looking to impress, there’s nothing better than a hot/sweet Italian Sausage smothered in sautéed peppers and onions then topped with a little cheese and all wrapped up in fresh hoagie bun. I just drooled on myself typing that.

1. Hot Wings

Wings are pretty much the official food of football. They are easy to make but even easier to order. Like many things on this list, the secret to great wings is the sauce. I’m a classic hot sauce guy but there are plenty of varieties to spice up your Sunday. If you don’t like the work involved in de-meating the bone, try boneless wings. It’s a nice chunk of white meat smothered in sauce without any of the fuss. Is it Sunday yet?