February 10, 2023
It all started on January 15, 1967, when the Kansas City Chiefs from the American Football League played the Green Bay Packers from the National Football League. Until this point, the two leagues were separated and considered rivals. They competed for fans and players and didn’t care for each other much. In 1966, the decision was made to merge by 1970, and in 1967 the first Super Bowl was played. It wasn’t until after the game that Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt, came up with the term “Super Bowl.”
With the invention of the wooden-sided station wagon in 1930 came along a rear folding tailgate. Fans drove the station wagon to college football games, using the tailgate as a picnic table of sorts, and tailgating was born. Once portable grills and coolers were invented in the 1950s, tailgating took on a whole new vibe. Cold beer and ribs replaced sandwiches and red wine. Then, in the 1970s, the car culture took hold and stadiums were relocated out of inner cities to the suburbs where there was ample parking, and the tailgating experience that we know today was cemented into our culture.
In honor of Super Bowl LVII, the culinary team here at The Fremont Senior Living will be celebrating the big day with jambalaya. As Culinary Director I’ve prepared a lot of different items, but my favorite Super Bowl snacks are jambalaya and pecan bacon bread.
My favorite jambalaya recipe includes andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, bell pepper, onions, and white rice. Start with a sofrito like trinity of onion, bell peppers, and celery. Then cook down, adding the andouille sausages, chicken, and shrimp. Add the rice and cook for a couple of hours on low.
Over the years tailgating, my jambalaya has become a lucky charm for the Kansas City Chiefs kingdom.
If you’re in the area, stop by to celebrate the big game with us! And if you can’t make it, check out our social media pages to see the great snacks we made and the awesome time we had watching the game!
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