Our family loves to get together, but we are not necessarily fans of spending a lot of time in the kitchen before the tailgate. Thus, we go for easy recipes that can be made ahead of time, or at the last minute, with a few healthy options alongside more indulgent treats. Read on for our game day game plan.
There are a few aspects of the stadium you may wish to replicate at your tailgate. For us, one of those is most definitely hot popcorn. Serve it salty and buttered, keep it light, or boozy with Jackson Morgan Southern Cream in salted caramel - you really cannot go wrong! Sometimes, when your mind is wound up in the game, it is just hard to decide what you want. In those moments, most of our friends and family reach for something to please both pleasures of the palate. A snack mix composed of pretzels, caramel popcorn, mini peanut butter cups, chocolate candies, and peanuts offers the indecisive snacker a grand little combination of sweet and salty.
Considering your guest list can also really help determine your menu. Those eating according to a specific diet or simply opting to snack light might also appreciate the option of a veggie tray served with a scrumptious dip or two. Queso at kickoff has always been a crowd-pleaser at our tailgate parties, especially when the cheese dip is served hot from our football crockpot.
Our whole family is known to dig into a bucket of chicken wings, but we do have our own seasoning preferences, so we like to cook up a few flavor possibilities to keep the home team happy. Turkey Roll-Ups are another tasty tradition. Even the most complicated item on the menu is super well-received and straightforward, so much, so they never seem to last until halftime! Caprese bites are heavenly little morsels of mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and basil leaves, all stacked on a kabob stick then drizzled with balsamic glaze. These might sound a little fancy for a football party, but they pair perfectly with punting the pigskin.
Don’t forget to serve up something to satisfy the sweet tooth. Our Jackson Morgan Southern Cream whipped orange cupcakes boast a winning record, they never disappoint. Stay close to the huddle and we will reveal this power play of a recipe soon!
Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. All images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. Special thanks to Flying Ham Rentals, The Flower Walls, Party Hat Paper Company, and Nora Fleming for partnering with us on this party.