Friday, October 21, 2011

Tailgating Time!

By Michelle Plummer of Winners Drink Milk

Football, Colts, Chili all scream as the Official combination of Tailgating.  Whether you are cheering on a pro team, alma mater, or child’s school team gathering with friends, ladling up some great food on a chilly weekend day equals Tailgate Party!

Keep in mind that you want foods that can be eaten out of hand or with as few utensils as possible. This keeps down the trash and clean-up factor, and will not require seating arrangements.  While this may be true for some, there are seasoned pros that before they enter the stadium they have already suited up for game day at the grill, the soup pots and the smokers!  This is truly the time to show off and make the first touchdown!
Sure crowd pleasers would include:

Wings and a variety of sauces- bring the paper boats that are sturdy and hold everything, and don’t forget the wet wipes for clean up!

Chili in all varieties, recipes, meat or vegetarian, no beans, roasted cumin, ground cumin and hot to Fire Hot, whatever your favorite this is the place to show it off and enjoy!  Be sure to bring sturdy bowls and crackers or cornbread!

Grilled Cheese your way- is a hit, have a variety of fillings, cheese, toppers and breads.  Grill them on the flat top or grill.  Wrap in foil and serve with chips, dips and other fun finger foods.

….and would a tailgate be proper without something barbequed?  Ribs, shoulder, brisket, chicken or portabella mushrooms---all are great slathered with your own homemade or ‘zup’d up versions for the day!

Below are links to cookbooks with helpful tips and ideas to make your next outing to Lucas Oil Stadium, Purdue University, Marian University or one of your child’s soccer games just a bit more fun!  GO TEAM!!!!

Game Day Cookbooks
The Tailgater's Cookbook
Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home
ESPN Gameday Gourmet: More Than 80 All-American Tailgate Recipes
Fox Sports Tailgating Handbook: The Gear, The Food, The Stadiums

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