Pitch a Perfect Baseball Tailgate

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring” – Rogers Hornsby, major league player for 23 seasons.

The waiting is over! Spring is here, and it’s time to step up to the plate! Whether you are lining up to support your favorite major league team or are cheering on your little league star, make an event out of it by setting up your own baseball tailgate. But skip over the Cracker Jacks, and instead draft the Hickory Farms Best Friends Gift Box for your team/ This all-in-one gourmet gift basket really is your best friend come game time – it has just about everything you need to throw a perfect game-winning tailgate!

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The Hickory Farms Best Friends Gift Box includes 4 Summer Sausages, 7 varieties of Hickory Farms Cheese, 2 types of tasty crackers, and 2 gourmet mustards. Now let us show you how you can turn these palatable players into an all-star baseball tailgate.



Bullpen Cheese-Filled Bead Bowls: Bat it out of the park with bread bowls filled with Mission Jack Blend, Smoked Cheddar Blend, Jalapeno Cheddar Blend, Farmhouse Cheddar, and other delicious cheeses from the Hickory Farms Best Friends Gift Box. Then beef up the cheesy bread bowls with small bites of Summer Sausage.

Mini-Major League Sandwiches: Make mini sandwiches with a slice of Hickory Farms Signature Beef Summer Sausage or Farmhouse Recipe Summer Sausage and a slice of Hickory Farms cheese between 2 Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers or Golden Toasted Crackers. They may only qualify for the minor league when it comes to size, but they’ll make the major leagues when it comes to flavor!

These are just two tailgate foods that we came up with! Share your own ideas for tasty baseball tailgate foods in a comment below! And remember, when it comes tailgating recipes, just take Babe Ruth’s advice: “…Pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.” As long as your tailgate looks (and tastes) good, you’ll hit a homerun!



Winning Tailgate Recipes for Football Season

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.

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Veggie dip from “The Kitchn”

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.

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Beer and Cheese Spread from My Recipes

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.

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Honey Mustard Chicken Sausage Kebabs from Bon Appetit

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.

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Hickory Farms All Day Celebration Gift Box

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!