Ultimate Tailgating and Game Day Guide
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How to Host the Perfect Tailgate
How will you pull off the perfect pre-game party for you and your friends? Don’t fret. It’s easy to throw a parking lot party. With these tips from a pro tailgater and all the recipes below, you’ll have an easy menu and a good game plan for all the action in the parking lot before the real game starts.
Delicious Tailgating Recipes
Fast Game Day Snacks
Innovative Game Day Dishes
Healthy Game Day Snacks
Easy Tailgating Appetizers
As tailgating pro tailgater Ray Lampe says, you should always have something out when people arrive. So here are a few of our favorite appetizer recipes that are perfect for your next tailgate party. From classics like chicken wings to original dishes like stuffed peppers with Thai curry rice and mushrooms, you’re sure to score points with these tailgate appetizers.
Juicy Game Day Steaks
An ideal tailgating setup is portable and minimal: That means there’s probably no high-tech digital thermometer to tell you when your steak is a perfect medium-rare. But fear not. You can actually tell how done a steak is simply by comparing how it feels to different parts of your hand. Try the trick on one of these nine juicy steaks at your next tailgate.
Grilled Meats That Belong at Your Next Tailgate
Tailgating can mean simply grilling up a few hot dogs and burgers. Or tailgating can mean meat heaven. For those who want to appease the tailgating gods properly, here are eight masterful meaty dishes. And to do any grilled meat justice, follow Rick Bayless’s tips for creating perfect grill marks.
Vegetables That Deserve Some Love at Your Next Tailgate
Slow Cooker Game Day Recipes
All the Chicken Wings
Creative Ways to Use Potatos
Enough with the bag of chips. In our opinion, some of the greatest game day snacks find other ways to invovle the humble potato. We've got everything from potato-crust pizza to potato skins with broccoli pesto to warm, gooey pimento cheese fries. Here are 11 creative ways to use potatoes for the ultimate spread on game day.
Add More Bacon to Game Day
From guacamole to brownies, everything’s better with bacon. That's why we've got seven indulgent ways to sneak smoky bacon into your favorite game day dishes. You won't be able to resist recipes like maple-glazed peanuts & bacon, bacon-bourbon brownies with pecans and pimento cheese & bacon crostini.
Ideal Sandwich-and-Beer Pairings
"Beer and tailgating go hand in hand, just like beer and sandwiches do," says Craig Deihl, the charcuterie- and beer-obsessed chef behind Cypress in Charleston. Just in time for tailgaiting season, Deihl has laid out a master plan for pairing beers with meaty sandwiches like pulled pork, Italian subs and fried chicken.
Killer Game Day Gumbos
SEC fans know good gumbo makes stellar fall football fare. But they also know the hardest part about making gumbo is getting the roux just right. Luckily, chef Sean Brock is here to demonstrate perfect technique in a special video. Once you have that skill down, try these six incredible gumbos from chicken-and-okra gumbo to andouille, crab and oyster gumbo.
Upgrades for Classic Party Dips
Superfast Fried Game Day Desserts
Tailgate Drinks That Go Down Easy
While food is certainly the focus of our tailgating efforts, the drinks are a close second. And so we've got you covered with six incredible cocktails to drink before the game. These game-day appropriate cocktails, from mojito Jell-O shots to beer-based ginger shandies, will go perfectly with your wings, burgers, hotdogs and more.