How to Tailgate: 11 Winning Tailgating Recipes (Touchdown!)
I hate football, don’t you? Oh, no, wait. Most people like football. If I could ever remember the rules, or understand the umpires’ semaphores, and if the players would stop falling on one another, I might like it, too. For now, though, I have to agree with a friend of mine who, as a little boy, said, “Why don’t they have two balls? Then there wouldn’t be all this fighting!”
But I do love tailgating, especially when it starts right at the beginning of the game. I’ll just have a bite to fortify myself before I find my seat. Well, maybe one beer. Oh, look! Tacos! Wow. The game is over already? Too bad. I’m sure I would have remembered the rules this time.
These recipes assume that you’re not the one in charge of logistics — that you’re not responsible for the U-Haul, grill, keg, or tables. All that stuff would mean you’d have to get to the lot at dawn, and I’m sure you have other things to do on a Saturday morning. Even so, you can’t be sure when the food you’ll bring will be eaten. That means it has to be sturdy and uncollapsible, like those tables someone else is bringing.
It also means that although you’ll do your best to keep hot food hot (insulated bags, Thermoses, lots of foil), it may not end up quite as piping-hot as you intended. And if it’s a warm-ish day (sure, dream on!), foods meant to be cold may lose their chilly edge. Souffles and ice cream aren’t welcome at a tailgate party. Bar food’s what you want.
What’s your favorite tailgating food?