Slideshow: Favorite Game Day Foods From Every Corner of America
January 4, 2016
You’re not ready for game day until you sample these foods
Favorite Game Day Foods From Every Corner of America
The sport Americans call football, more accurately called gridiron football, has been around since the late nineteenth century and is said to have originated at universities in North America. It’s related to rugby and soccer (also known as association football), and the first intercollegiate football game was between Princeton and Rutgers in New Jersey on November 6, 1869. The soccer-style game they played was soon adopted by other colleges in the Northeast. Walter Camp, who attended Yale from 1876-1881, helped refine the sport into the precise form of football Americans enjoy today — he was behind ideas like an 11-man team, the current scoring scale, and the position of quarterback.
Today, football is an institution in the United States. Upwards of 114 million Americans watched the 2015 Super Bowl, and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, currently the highest-paid football player in the NFL, enjoys an income of $48.9 million annually. Needless to say, the country loves football — but Americans also love a good game day snack while they watch their favorite teams compete. Game day food can be considered almost as much of a traditional institution as the sport itself. We’ve rounded up some of the country’s favorite game day foods, so make sure you pick some up for your next tailgate or viewing party.
Unsalted butter, garlic, and hot sauce all appear in the recipe. If you’re in New York, make sure to pick up this game day favorite for the big tailgate.
The recipe includes beer, salt, eggs, and corn oil for frying, and it results in a legendary Wisconsin game day snack.
A favorite game day snack in Miami, the Cuban is a must for tailgating in many areas of south Florida. The hot-pressed sandwich is made with salty ham, roasted pork, and melted Swiss cheese. Its hearty ingredients make it a worthy game day tradition.
Fried Chicken Nachos
In Atlanta, fried chicken nachos are a popular game day snack. Mounds of buttermilk fried chicken tenders, barbecue sauce, and spicy Jack cheese are enjoyed in restaurants and at tailgates alike; other toppings include corn, salsa, peppers, and guacamole.
Green Chile Stew
Mexico’s influence on Arizona’s cuisine is apparent in the oft-used spices, as well as prickly pear cacti and green chiles. This game day classic consists of chicken or pork combined with vegetables, spices, and the star of the show, green chiles.
Green Chile Stew
The stew is often served with tortillas. Don’t miss out on this staple if you’re getting ready for a big game in Arizona.
New England Clam Chowder
Clam chowder is an iconic dish in New England, so it makes sense that it doubles as a go-to food for game day. It’s served very hot, and ingredients traditionally include clams, onions, potatoes, and celery.
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Christie’s on the Square has a hand-breaded version of the sandwich that locals frequently order, so make sure not to miss out on this food icon on your next trip to the Midwest.
Football fans in New York (and New Jersey, for that matter) know New York pizza is the way to go when it comes to game day. Cheesy goodness is a must while watching a beloved team (hopefully) win, and when it comes to a hearty slice, the country mostly agrees that New York takes the cake (or pie).
Joe’s Pizza in the West Village is frequented by celebrities, with even Kevin Bacon proclaiming he would choose a pie from the place as his last meal. Di Fara Pizza was ranked the number two pizza place in America by The Daily Meal this year, with its Classic Pie coming in first place on Time Out’s list of the best New York pizzas.
The city of New Orleans is bursting with incredible foods (think beignets, jambalaya, and gumbo), but po’ boys are a tried-and-true game day snack for area football lovers. These iconic sandwiches can include fried chicken, roast beef, sausage, or seafood.