Cajun-Style Football Food

Four Great Recipes for Football Game Eating

Almost as important as watching the games is the excuse to eat--snack food, junk food, hearty food and...well...favorite foods that can be enjoyed out-of-hand, without using a knife and fork and taking our eyes away from the game. 

Here are links to several recipes for perfect football food, ranging from roasted and salty munchies to filling meals.

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    Muffaletta

    Muffuletta Sandwich
    Muffuletta Sandwich. William Mahar /E+/Getty Images

    The muffaletta is a favorite of both Cajuns and their Creole city cousins. I always head to Central Grocery in New Orleans as soon as I get into town and purchase a muffaletta. (Well, sometimes I go across the street to Café du Monde first for coffee and a beignet...it's always a difficult decision where to begin my feasting in that wonderful City.) My Great-Uncle Adolphe put his own stamp on this sandwich, as he did on everything, and used pork from our Cajun farm instead of the traditional luncheon meats.

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    Fried Chicken Legs

    Crispy Fried Drumsticks

    The Spruce

    The breast meat of a chicken is often used for chicken pies and other chicken dishes like chicken salad, leaving the legs for frying, taking on picnics during good weather, and for watching football games. No utensils are needed and the legs offer a lot of meat in a compact little cylinder, easy to pack or to eat without looking away from the game on television.

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    Spicy Hot Buttered Pecans

    Pecan Halves
    Pecan Halves. Kirk Mastin/Aurora/Getty Images

    My Cajun family had a pecan orchard, and harvest time was always special. We would sit around the kitchen table for hours, shelling the nuts.

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    Barbecued Shrimp

    Barbecued Shrimp
    Barbecued Shrimp. Edward ONeil Photography/E+/Getty Images

    This shrimp dish has neither barbecue sauce nor is it barbecued. But that's the name of the traditional dish. It's loaded with butter and seasonings, and just made to dip lots of bread in!