Best Tailgate Food Choices

Football season is here again! We may not all agree on which team is the best, but you’d be pretty hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t agree that the snacks served during tailgating are an important (essential) part of the excitement and festivities. You’ll appreciate these ideas for some tasty foods to serve while rooting for your favorite team at your next tailgate!

There are a few things to consider first before gathering your recipes, making the grocery run and firing up your stove. Spend a little time planning these details:

  • Consider your budget
  • How much time is available?
  • How many people will attend?

Once these decisions are made, then you are ready to choose which recipes you’d like to make. You may wish to make easy-to-prepare foods, finger foods that require little or no utensils, and even desserts. We’ve presented some of the best and well-loved ideas here.

Quick and Simple to Prepare Foods

The website for Southern Living Magazine has some great recipe ideas for tailgating food. Featured are some of the easy-to-prepare-ahead traditional standbys such as cheese dips, party mix, salsa and chips, mini-sandwiches, potato salad and deviled eggs. There are some new twists as well, such as hummus, beer-cheese spread, Italian skewers and more. These are all quick to prepare and keep well so they are good choices when foods need to be prepared ahead.

Good Ideas for Finger Foods

If you’re wanting to host a tailgate party at home and are hoping for less “mess,” then finger foods may offer a tasty, easy to cleanup alternative to tasty but messy foods like chili or meatballs. Chicken fingers, pretzels, popcorn, crackers, chips, trail mix, pigs in a blanket, cold cut sandwiches, vegetable and fruit trays, and cheeses are tasty snack food ideas that can satisfy your guests and keep your kitchen and TV room tidy, too!

Tailgating Desserts

Dessert is also an important part of the tailgating festivities. Cookies can be relatively inexpensive and easy, whether store-bought or made from scratch. Brownies, fudge and pies are appreciated by crowds as well. If you’d like to try your hand at something a little different, you might consider these delicious mini fried pies. They are delicious and you can cheat (just a little) by using canned biscuits.

Relax and Enjoy Yourself

Whatever foods you choose to provide for your tailgating, your guests will surely appreciate your efforts. A simple gathering of family and friends, good food and drinks, and, of course, football, will set the stage for a fantastic and successful tailgate party!

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