They don't call them cheese-heads for nothing. Green Bay Packer fans are famous for their large cheese wedge-shaped hats and their obvious love of all things dairy. So, it comes as no surprise that they indulge in cheese curds on game day.
Cheese curds are a fried appetizer that are made from fresh cheese that squeaks when you bit into it. More than hot dogs, fries and nachos, Packers fans fill their stomachs with these fresh, fried cheese balls. Click here to find out everything you ever needed to know about cheese curds, including how to make them yourself.
Ayoob gave these a three, but stressed that three of them is enough.
"Cheese is a good food, but deep frying it is really gilding the lily," he said.
"Whether 'fried cheese' is merely bad, or truly dreadful, depends in part on what oil it's fried in," said Katz, who gave the cheese curds a 1. "No doubt, it's delicious; enjoy it on your way to the ICU"
For a healthier version, try a few cheese cubes with some fruit.
Who doesn't love nachos? They're the perfect combination of cheesy, crispy goodness and can be finished off with just about any unhealthy topping. Most people prefer chicken, jalapenos or even beans to add some extra texture and flavor.
These options are great for a Sunday afternoon snack, but just the regular recipe wasn't enough for Rachael Ray. She put her own chili-style stamp on the classic dish. This recipe features hot dogs, chili spices and all the goodness of your regular nacho cheese. Click here to check it out.
But fried chips topped with cheese and hot dogs didn't fare well on the scale, earning a 3 from Ayoob and a 1 from Katz.
"We've got high calories, high saturated fat and, in all probability, a smattering of carcinogens," Katz said, explaining that processed hot dogs contain nitrites.
"Better to start out with baked pita chips, some reduced-fat shredded cheese, and lots of diced veggies and shredded lettuce," Ayoob said.
Add some sliced olives, shredded white meat chicken and chili beans and you can kick nachos up to a 7, Ayoob said.
It's OK to have vegetables on the game day, as long as they're slathered with fresh cheese, tomato sauce and maybe some proscuitto. Although the accompanying ingredients may negate any of the vegetable's health affects, it will certainly please your taste buds. Click here for quick and easy veggie pizza recipe.
Going heavy on the veggies and tomato sauce and light on the cheese and prosciutto makes the pizza a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, Katz said, giving it a 4 out of 10.
But with a whole wheat crust, roasted veggies and reduced fat cheese, Ayoob said this pizza could score a game-winning 9.
True Packer fans will know a good beer brat when they see one.
The sausages are the more grown-up version of your typical stadium hot dog and certainly prepared to please. They are boiled in beer, finished on the grill, smothered with sauerkraut or sweet onion and served on a hearty bun. Click here to learn how to make the perfect beer brat.
Katz gave the brats a 3 because beer-boiling isn't bad and the sauerkraut and sweet onion give them some vitamins, minerals and fiber. But they earned a 2 from Ayoob, who says the "vegetable" is the only thing keeping them from earning a 1.
So, brats aren't your thing. Try a couple pan fried pierogies.