When talking with friends and family about fall activities, we recently learned that many of our loved ones had never experienced the multiple joys of tailgating. While they always thought tailgating sounded like fun – whether it be because of prohibitive game ticket costs, the disheartening thought of waiting in traffic to enter or leave a stadium parking lot, or all the perceived preparation and packing associated with it – they had yet to dip their toes in the tailgating pool. We didn’t want them or any of our readers to continue to miss out on all the yummy food and camaraderie of cheering together for a favorite team, so we’re sharing our ideas for taking tailgating indoors.
Gather Great Food and Great Company
As many groups of friends who are season ticketholders for professional football games do, why not rotate the responsibility for making and serving tailgating food? Get a group of friends who never miss watching the games of a shared favorite team on their family room TV to agree to host one or several games during the football season. Create and share a schedule of who’s willing and able to host game-watching on each of your team’s game dates.
While everyone can and surely will bring beverages and snacks to complement what the host is serving, when setting up your tailgate group, you can specify that those who aren’t hosting be responsible for bringing desserts or beverages to game-day festivities. Hosts can be asked to provide the hot and cold, filling dishes and appetizers. After all, that’s what tailgate food is all about – comfort food that’s extra tasty and warms you up (either because of heat, spice, or both!) on a cold fall day. Even if your team loses, you’ve still gotten to enjoy great food and great company.
Tailgating Grub That Tantalizes
Anybody that knows even the slightest bit about great tailgate food knows that it’s the type of food that should make your mouth water – the type of food you look forward to all week. We’re talking all kinds of:
- Chili and Cornbread
- Hamburgers and Hotdogs
- Ribs and Wings
- Pizza and Calzones
- Pasta and Potato Dishes
- Casseroles and Crockpot Recipes
- Brownies, Cookies, Pie, and Cake
- Dips and Chips, including great guacamole and salsa that we make simple for you!
- And So Many More Eye-and Stomach-Appealing Foods
When in doubt, think about the type of food you’d want to feed a hungry bunch of cowhands to keep them energized for the day ahead. After all, game watching can exert quite a toll on your body and mind, particularly when your favorite team is losing! We’re talking rib-sticking food that includes a mixture of starchy carbohydrates, protein, and even some fresh produce in keeping with the way most Americans like to eat these days.
Inspirational Plays for Game Day
Don’t sit on the sidelines too long when it’s your turn to host. Read our “Host a Football Watching Party That’s All Fun and Games” and “Step Up Your Tailgating Game” blog posts in advance to inspire you to make some great game-day food and drink plays. And, check out our “Touchdown Tailgating” Pinterest board and our easy and yummy Tailgate recipes for more ways to score a tailgate-grub touchdown with your guests.
Share How You Scored – With Great Tailgate Food That Is!
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