10 Tailgate Recipes That Travel Well
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Sure, tailgates conjure ideas of meats on the grill, but for the full experience, you’ll need more than just a tray of brats, and that means crowd-pleasing options that can be made ahead and are easy to transport. Here are some favorite tailgate recipes that travel well.
Beer Punch: As long as you’re going to crack open a cold one, why not turn it into a fun, festive drink? Sunny's punch calls for grenadine and sugar-soaked berries. The fruit only tastes better the longer it sits, and citrusy Corona or fizzy pilsners make especially excellent toppers.
Meatball-Stuffed Football Bread: What’s not to love about meatball subs? The problem is, they’re pretty sloppy, and difficult to construct and eat outside. That’s where this football bread comes in (pictured above). Essentially a giant, shareable calzone, it tucks everything we love about subs into one tidy, tasty package.
Hoagie Dip: Why settle for salsa when you can dig into this scoopable sandwich, featuring all makings of a loaded Italian hoagie? And there’s nothing needed in the way of cleanup. When you’re done with the dip, go ahead and eat the bowl!
Avocado Deviled Eggs: Go on and give guac and chips an upgrade, by mashing avocados into a creamy filling for party-ready deviled eggs.
Tailgating Asian Wings: No tailgate party is complete without a towering tray of wings. But instead of having to fuss with a deep-fryer, you can bake your chicken almost to completion at home with Guy's recipe. The zesty sauce travels perfectly in a resealable, gallon-sized bag. And once you’re in the parking lot, all you need to do is finish the wings on the grill for 10-15 minutes, before tossing them with the sticky soy, ginger, lime and chile glaze.
Taco Lasagna: Chock full of ground beef, sour cream, shredded cheddar and tortilla chips, this indulgent casserole tastes like a taco. Yet it’s simple to assemble, transport, cut into and serve, like a cheesy tray of lasagna.
Ham with Barbecue Beans: Prepare a full-on barbecue feast directly in your slow cooker! Saucy beans and succulent ham simmer together in your kitchen for about 8 hours. And once it’s tailgate time, all you have to do is bring along the pot!
Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms: Stuffed mushrooms are often thought of as pinkies-up, cocktail party hors d’oeuvres. But the one-bite wonders have everything it takes to qualify as down-and-dirty tailgate grub, especially when packed with crumbles of spicy Spanish chorizo.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars: Melty chocolate chip cookies meet fudgy, crunchy-edged brownies in this double-duty dessert.
Fantasy Footballs: Shape your cake pops into mini, edible footballs, for one touchdown-worthy treat… no forks or knives required!