Football season is solidly upon us, and that means it’s time to create your very own tailgating playbook! Tailgate parties are all about quality time with family and friends, team spirit, and most of all, fun!
The perfect tailgating dishes are portable and easy to make ahead of time. Wraps and sandwiches packed with gourmet meats and cheeses can be individually packaged and tied with chives for easy, no-mess presentation.
Get creative and keep convenience in mind. For instance, veggies and dips in individual mason jars travel well, making them a great choice for food gifts to present to your generous host or hostess. As an added bonus, they are neat and easy to eat without a table and serving pieces. You could also try presenting fruit salad in ice cream cones for a great hand-held snack.
For a tailgating buffet, consider serving salad and sides in large glass jars with lids. This not only keeps the bugs out, but also adds a bit of refinement to your tablescape.
True tailgating tradition demands a few hearty, savory dishes as well. Burgers are a classic choice, but don’t fall into the boring burger trap. Dress your patties up with some flavorful gourmet cheese spreads or Sweet Hot Mustard for an extra-special flavor experience.
And as any host can tell you, cheese dip will always be a hit at a football party or any other gathering. This recipe for beer cheese spread looks like a crowd pleaser. Made with any of our favorite gourmet cheeses like Farmhouse Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar or Smoked Gouda, this dish is sure to disappear fast.
Serving anything on a stick makes it a little more fun, but kebabs are also great because they can be assembled at home and simply tossed on the grill once you get to your tailgating location. The stick also makes them easy to eat. There are endless combinations when it comes to kebabs, but you can’t go wrong with a combination of gourmet meats and vegetables flavored by Sweet Hot Mustard.
When you choose flavorful foods with high quality ingredients, there’s no fancy preparation necessary. And as a bonus, you’ll spend less time on the food and more time enjoying all the tailgating excitement!
What are your go-to tailgating recipes? Share your ideas with us in the comments!