"The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas..."TV journalist Bob Shieffer
Over the past few NFL seasons, one of the hottest trends among fans has been the food stadium, a.k.a. the Snackadium. Filled to the brim with a variety of tasty grab-and-go eats, these stadium shaped centerpieces are certain to make your viewing party the talk of the town.
On any given Sunday, tens of millions of people watch football games from their couch. And each year in February, over 100 million people gather in front of their televisions to watch the biggest winner-take-all showdown in US sports -- the Super Bowl. Some are there to root on their favorite team; some to boo a long hated rival; and some to simply catch the amazing commercials. Regardless of why you are tuning in to watch football, it's the food that will really make game day special. So why not give the food stadium a shot.
Feeling industrious? You can build your own stadium structure similar to the monstrous model I created for Kingsford charcoal.
If, however, you don't want to commit the time and resources necessary to make your own, there are several pre-fabricated stadiums on the market, including this one from Amazon.
What to cook for couchgating
With the structure in place, you only need to fill it with an array of your favorite grilled and smoked foods. We recommend food that doesn't need a knife and fork, and the best choices can be eaten with one hand so the other is free to hold the beer. To get you started on the ultimate game day menu, here are a few of our tried-and-true football food stadium recipes. We also recommend another time-honored tradition: cook the competition by featuring iconic foods from the cities of both teams. Don't forget plenty of napkins.