Adam Richman's Perfect Game-Day Menu
Football season is the time to watch men at the peak of physical excellence and eat the foods that have the potential to launch you to the other end of the spectrum. It's awesome. It's a time for bonding. It's a battle and it's bounties of deliciousness.
My rule for football-game food is this: it has to be handheld. No knives. No forks. Just the "booger hooks" that the Lord gave ya -- one hand for food, one for drink. Now, I'm not anti-potato salad, or whatever, but I like the handhelds for ease, and the fact that it lets me and my guests experiment with dipping sauces -- I get to create them and guests get to pair them with different foods to make unusal combinations.
On my menu, the top-seeded foods are:
Make it fresh -- the Avocado Growers' Association has great recipes.
I like mine more on the well-done side, not into slimy underdone chicken. And take the time to follow a recipe -- prepared trays scare me.
Easy as heck to make and you can get creative with ingredients. Plus, they're super cheap; if you cut them into wedges, 2 tortillas can feed 4 to 8 guests (with fillings, of course).
Something a Little Higher End
So you can impress that one dude you know who always busts your stones say, "Ooooh, fancy, fancy!" For this, I go for either shrimp cocktail or I make eggrolls (very easy) with unusual toppings. You can also elevate a simple thing like chicken tenders, by making them with panko, chili flakes and corn flakes instead of bread crumbs.
2 Massive Hoagies
One of my Go-to's: I make a BIG sandwich on a hoagie roll and cut it into sections for my friends to just grab a piece. Again, 2 massive hoagies -- that you make -- will taste better and be more impressive than store bought.
I've used everything from Italian coldcuts, to meatballs, to grilled salmon, to grilled and roasted veggies with cheese and blown people away.
Chips are mandatory. Go classic tortilla, but try to find interesting twists in color or flavor as well as plain-old corn.
And Get Some Kind of Dessert!
After all that salty stuff, have some kick-ass chocolates. Make ice cream cookie sandwiches (very easy). Have jumbo bags of Halloween mini-mixed chocolate bars on hand. Or even make cookies -- just get the slice-and-bake roll of dough and make 'em -- your secret is safe with me.