Football players can eat, that much is definitely true. But what, exactly do they eat? In honor of the Super Bowl tomorrow, here are a few descriptions (and successfully-tried recipes!) of regional specialties that keep our boys on the field. We’ll take any excuse to talk about food!
Before it was even certain the Colts were headed to the Super Bowl, the team chef placed a huge order to be shipped to Miami of — get this — granola. Apparently, what keeps these boys charged is homemade granola from Scholars Inn Bakehouse, a Hoosier chain of European-style bakeries, cafes and restaurants based in Bloomington, Indiana, but with locations in the Colts’ beloved Indianapolis. Granola? The former SELF intern in me is proud.
My friend Adryanna (the same one who turned me on to Bare Escentuals makeup) knows the owners of Scholars Inn and clued me on this funny bit of information, and I still can’t get over it. I expected the Colts to swallow whole, uncooked eggs for breakfast à la Gaston, not chomp on granola! But everyone needs some sweetness, I suppose. I’m hoping to get an order of the granola in soon so I can taste for myself, because this stuff must be good.
Courtesy of ScholarsInn.com
Luckily, the granola is available for purchase for $5.95 from the Scholars Inn Bakehouse Online Store. Just click the image of the granola to go right to the product! The original brand is what the Colts refuel with, but I’m partial to try the dark chocolate cherry version they have… Mmm.
–Karina for TKGO
New Orleans Saints
Running back (and boyfriend of Kim Kardashian) Reggie Bush knows his New Orleans cuisine, and I don’t just mean muffuletta sandwiches. His personal chef, Gason Yen Nelson, is a New Orleans native who makes him his own baked bean creation to keep him on his game. And it just so happens, nola.com/The Times-Picayune released this magical recipe so fans can fuel like Reggie. Thank you, Chef Nelson!
Reggie Bush, 25, flexes his Bush
I gave the recipe a shot and loved it. Not only is it easy to make (all the ingredients are foolproof — you can play with how much of each you add, or throw in extra seasonings), but it’s also delicious inside tacos, slathered on a bun like a sloppy joe or just dished on a paper plate next to a hot dog. Serve it on game day!
Chef Nelson’s Bush’s Baked Beans
Photo by Eliot Kamenitz at the Times-Picayune.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp chopped shallots
1/2 lb 80 percent lean ground beef
16 oz can of Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans
2 tbsp honey barbecue sauce
1/4 c brown sugar (or to taste)
3-4 green onions (green parts only), thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
Heat oil in a skillet and cook the shallots until tender but not browned. Add ground beef and season with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Saute until beef is cooked through. Drain the fat.
Add beans, barbecue sauce and brown sugar. Cook and heat. Serve topped with green onions.
For a more complicated recipe, check out the Saints’ tight end Jeremy Shockey’s chef’s variation on bourbon chicken, called Shockey-Way Chicken, also reported by the Times-Picayune in association with nola.com. These chicken thighs would make great game day appetizers.
New Orleans Saints Snack Helmet from the NFL Store, $54.99, courtesy of the NFL Store web site.
And of course, how you present these delicious snacks is up to you, but you should be aware of a certain opportunity for $54.99 (pictured at right). Just saying.
–Tara for TKGO