Friday Night High School Football Pre-Game Meal. What do I cook for a football team to eat? Protein & Pasta
Feeding A High School Football Team, a large group, or maybe a large family gathering? You may want to consider these easy recipes, which are great for a crowd.
My son, Casey, is a senior this year and had his first football game last Friday night. He has been playing football since the 7th grade at his high school. Nothing is better than sitting in the stands on a cool crisp evening watching my son and his teammates/friends playing football. Casey attends a Christian school that is probably the smallest 2-A school in the state. They have around 28 to 30 kids on the senior high football team. They are also small in physical size; a couple of our lineman might weigh close to 200 pounds, but they play against lineman that weigh 300 pounds. What this team lacks in numbers and size, they have more than enough heart. They have a desire to play their best, and most importantly, a desire to support each other and honor God on and off the football field. They pray with each other and for each other. It would be hard for anyone to find a better group of teenage boys who want to make a difference in the world by setting a Godly example.
Highschool Football Team
I could go on and on about how proud I am of the CCS Eagles football team, including the great group of five or six coaches that set the examples for these boys every day, but this post is about feeding them. Parents take turns preparing one or two pregame meals for the football team. Last week was the first game of the season. It was my privilege to feed the team for one of my last times since Casey will be graduating. :( Feeding the football team can be a lot of work, but I will miss seeing the boys enjoying the meal and seeing their smiling faces. I even received a few hugs from teenage boys, so you know the food must be pretty good.
Below are a couple of great coaches for the Eagles. Coach Carter, on the right, is the head football coach and leader of the team. Coach White is on the left. These coaches give their time to what is most important in life. They teach our boys how to be Godly men, to work hard, never to give up, and how to be a great leader.
Notice my special needs son and Casey’s twin brother, Caleb, in the background. He loves seeing the boys. They brag on his cooking, and he cannot stop smiling.
I wanted to shout out to Mrs. Smith in the picture below on the right. She coordinates all the meals for the players. She also cooks several of them. Kim not only supports the football team, but she teaches at the school, runs the concession stand for the baseball team, plus many other things. Her husband is one of the best baseball and football announcers you will ever hear.
What did I feed the football team? I focus on Protein & Pasta. Pasta will feed a crowd and fill them up.
This year I prepared…
- Twenty-five pounds of Boston Butt/Pork Shoulder – Slow Cooker Pulled Pork cooks down and falls apart. You will lose 40 percent of the meat. When preparing this for a crowd, figure 60 percent of the total amount of pork before cooking it. Then figure about 6 ounces per sandwiches.
- I used my Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese recipe and multiplied it by 6 – I calculated it served 50 people, but it was more like 60 servings. I prepared this in my 22 quart Dutch Oven.
Last year, I fed the football team with my Blackened Chicken Pasta and Garlic Biscuits and Banana Pudding.
Easy Banana Pudding
Baked Potatoes are always great for feeding a football team or a crowd. A potato bar works well.
- Line the oven racks with foil.
- You do not need to wrap the potatoes in foil.
- Allow plenty of time to cook the potatoes. It took about 2 1/2 hours to cook these potatoes on 400 degrees.
- Line a clean large cooler with foil and place the potatoes inside the cooler. It helps them stay warm.
- You could also place them in a large roaster that you have heated up and turned off. I have used both ways to transport potatoes, and they both work well.
- Warning! Large amounts of potatoes are very heavy. You will need help to carry them.
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