Chips & Roasted Red Pepper White Bean Dip – Photo Courtesy: Keith McDuffee
Everyone loves a good tailgate party that includes the classic tailgating must haves. From sportsmanship, to fandom, to just hanging out, tailgating is a tradition that Americans continue to appreciate and enjoy. Even if sports aren’t top on your list, there’ll be plenty of mingling, joking around, and delicious snacks to try out – which some may argue is the most important aspect of it all. What’s football without jerky? Basketball without chili? Or baseball without an array of cheeses and crackers? Serving homemade snacks with our sports is a pastime we continue to pair together.
Before you head to your next tailgate or sports party, however, why not whip up a dish that will have others asking for the recipe? Whether you follow your family secrets or put a new twist on a dish, be sure to bring along something everyone can enjoy.
Tailgating Must Haves – Classics:
Chips and Dip
What fun is critiquing the officials without a plate of chips and dip? Old faithfuls, such as tortilla chips and salsa or ridged-chips with ranch dip, are always welcome. However, new flavors and combinations can offer a fresh palate treat. Try fruit salsas, veggie-flavored dips, garlic hummus, tomato guacamole, or whatever other flavor option you can come up with. Test out new mixes and see which ones the fans love best.
Who says healthy foods aren’t allowed? Bring some celery sticks, carrots, olives, or pickles to help balance out greasy or fatty options. Try a mix of different vegetables, or provide an array of toppings, such as cheese dips or peanut butter, to entice eaters to give them a try.
Finger foods, such as cookies, bars, or snack mixes, are ideal when celebrating. Try apple or pumpkin flavors during the fall, and incorporate shapes or seasonal candies for an added touch. If you’re creative, here’s your chance to pick a serious sports-y theme.
Nothing quite beats homemade popcorn, especially when it’s paired with other wonderful treats. Try making a batch on the stovetop, and flavor with cheese, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, or even chocolate. These new combinations are a welcome change to butter and provide a grease-free way of eating the old-time fave.
Before you head out to watch the next big game (or to talk while it takes place), try a new twist on these standby ‘tailgating must haves’ favorites. Not only are they easy to prepare, they’re sure to turn a few heads (and tongues!) along the way.
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