Sports fans and foodies are gearing up for arguably the most important event of the year, the Super Bowl. This calorie fest is among the few times of the year when gorging yourself on fried Twinkies and pumping your fists at the TV are completely acceptable.
Whether you're a Steelers fan or rooting for the Packers, one thing's for sure: Nothing compliments game-day trash talk quite like delicious calorie-packed, fat-laden snacks.
So, before the kickoff, check out the collection of recipes that's sure to please your palate and tip you scale.
In addition to the recipes, you can check out the caloric intake of each item so you'll know how many hours to spend at the gym to work off Sunday's epic food fest.
Nothing pairs with football quite like a burger grilled to perfection. But the Super Bowl isn't just any game, and Emeril's double chili cheeseburger isn't just any burger. The combination of cheddar cheese, two smokey patties, homemade chili and onions is so decadent that you may be distracted from the game if only for a moment. Click here to get Emeril's recipe.
On a scale from zero to 10 (10 being the healthiest), nutrition experts Dr. Keith Ayoob, associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, gave Emeril's double chili cheeseburger a two, tops.
"Emeril likes fatty meat for burgers and this one has two patties, plus the cheese," Ayoob said. "This meal shapes up to be a festival of fat."
To trim it down, use lean meat, go light on the cheese and load up the chili with hearty beans instead of beef.
"The grilled onions are terrific though, especially if you brush them with a little olive oil first," Ayoob said.
And using a whole wheat bun can boost the burger's nutritional value, Katz said.
"Emeril's dish should come with an aspirin, a statin, and a nitroglycerin tablet," Katz said.
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.
No Super Bowl recipe compilation would be complete without a node to the 2011 AFC Pittsburgh Steelers. There are few foods as dear to Pittsburghers as the famous Primanti's sandwich, and even if you're not a football fan this sandwich is sure to satisfy.