When we think of a tailgate party we think of the crowded parking lot of the stadium or arena of your favorite sports team or performer. But consider these tailgating party menus anytime you want to open up your trunk, wagon, jeep or SUV to the hungry public.
You can host a tailgating party near the lake, in the park, even in your driveway for a neighborhood block party. The menu and food you choose must travel well and taste good at room (or parking lot) temperature.
Before the fans, fun and food of the tailgate party you need to plan how to transport perishable and nonperishable food items. Be mindful of maintaining the quality and safety of the food you will be serving:
To keep cold foods cold:
To keep hot foods hot:
Score big with this one! Flavors all over the place with not a lot of sweat. The pimento cheese is also amazing on burgers, grilled sandwiches, burgers and pasta.
Fresh Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad
I always love to serve a vegetable or fruit salad, even on game day!
Big and Delicious
Prepare the brisket at home 1-3 days in advance. Wrap brisket slices in foil and reheat on grill. Serve on hard rolls with the onions and your favorite accompaniments
Onion Smothered Brisket Sub Sandwiches
Chicken Chili Quesadillas
Vegetable Kebabs with Greek Marinade
Lamb Skewers with Grainy Mustard Dipping Sauce
Tortellini and Sautéed Vegetable Salad
Chocolate cookies with strawberries, apples or pear slices
Just Right Tailgate Menu
Super simple last minute tailgate menu idea. Cook chicken breast at home and keep (mostly warm) tightly wrapped in foil or grill as desired.
Super Simple Lime Chicken Breast
Potato rolls, pita bread or flour wraps for making sandwiches
Condiments such as mayo, mustard, fresh tomato and shredded lettuce, thinly sliced red onion
Store Coleslaw, Potato Salad or Pasta Salad
Chips, Dip, Salsa
Not everyone can or wants to use a grill for their tailgate party. Try these recipes that can be served cold or at "parking lot" temperature.
Olives, pickles, pickled onions and peppers
Watermelon or Pineapple Slices
Purchase ready-made soup or make your own. For the chicken wings, double or triple the recipe to prepare 20 to 36 wings. Any of the dessert choices would be a sweet ending
Tomato or Potato Soup
Bourbon-Glazed Beef Roast
Teriyaki Flank Steak
Serve Kaiser rolls with mustard and onions or "as is" with your favorite potato salad or coleslaw
Use wings or drumettes and add zest and seasonings to the mustard mixture. Coat the chicken with this mixture prior to grilling.
Ham and Black Bean Salad
Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, Cookies of Lemon Cake
Sausages and Shrimp Fest
What could be easier? Pack the boiled shrimp in a container. Place container on top of a Ziploc bag filled with ice. Serve with cocktail sauce and saltines.
Pan-Fried Onion Dip
Serve with chips, tortillas, pita crisps
Creole Boiled Shrimp
Pack in a container on top of a Ziploc bag filled with ice. Serve with cocktail sauce and saltines
Luscious Lemon Tart with Almond Crust
All Bases Covered
This satisfying menu brings something for everyone. Start off with all the usual nibbles, snacks and beverages. End this feast with anything chocolate!