Thursday, August 13, 2015

Best foods for Tailgating Parties

If you read my post on tips for throwing the perfect tailgating party then you know how excited I am for football season to come. My husband is a HUGE football fan! He's been getting me all excited, reminiscing about football & tailgating parties. I'm not a huge football fan (yet) but I am a huge fan of food! So for us, tailgating parties are a must! And honestly, what makes a tailgating party amazing (other than the great company and sports) is the food!

In preparation for football season, I have searched the internet looking for the BEST recipes that not only look delicious, but taste delicious as well.

(Don't forget to click on the pictures to check out the full recipe)

9 best ever foods for tailgating parties

1. Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms from

buffalo chicken stuffed mushrooms-tailgating food

I love stuffed mushrooms! And the added twist of using buffalo chicken? Genius! What's nice is that these can be made ahead of time giving your guests something to munch on while they wait for those ribs to finish cooking ;)

2. Crispy Wonton Mozzarella Sticks from

crispy wonton mozzarella sticks-tailgating food

These Wonton Mozzarella Sticks are soo simple, crispy, and delicious. Using only 4 ingredients, this recipe is too easy not to make!

3. Four Ingredient BBQ Smokies from

BBQ smokies-tailgating food

This was my husband's pic. He has fond memories of eating BBQ Smokies at his tailgate parties growing up. Plus, I'm always a fan of simple and short ingredient lists, so this tasty meal was really a no brainer. 

4. Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites with blue cheese yogurt dip from

buffalo chicken bites-tailgating food

I am a huge wings fan, but they can get a little messy. For fear of embarrassing my cute husband in front of all of his friends by being the sloppiest wife in the world, I will be making these. They are conveniently bite sized & boneless, and honestly, after looking at the ingredient list, I anticipate them being (dare I say it) even more delicious than buffalo wings.

5. Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip from

spinach artichoke dip-tailgating food

Spinach Artichoke Dip is one of those appetizers I love to order at restaurants, but am usually far too intimidated by to attempt making it on my own. really takes you step by step, making a difficult dish easy. Impress your friends with this home cooked meal & you're sure to have the best party at the football stadium.

6. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites from

soft pretzel bites-tailgating food

Pretzel Bites. Another appetizer perfect for tailgating and loved by kids. This recipe is made from scratch, so it will take a little extra effort, but it will be worth it! You'll have everyone begging for more!

7. Crock Pot Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs from

                          coca-cola baby back ribs-tailgating food

I have never done ribs marinated in Coca-cola before, but I have done pork shoulder marinated this way & slow cooked til falling of the bone-- it is always a hit! So I imagine this recipe will be the same. I can't wait to try it this fall!

8. Banana Fritters from

Banana Fritters-tailgating food

These Banana Fritters may need to be made ahead since they are fried, but you could also bring oil and fry them right there over the grill. Imagine drizzling these with caramel and a dash of powdered sugar & cinnamon! Mmmm! Even better if you can top it with some vanilla ice cream!

9. Make Ahead Frozen Daiquiris from

frozen daiquiris-tailgating food

This idea seemed too cute. Make daiquiris, put them in mason jars, & freeze them! What a great idea and sooo refreshing after you've spent hours in the hot sun.

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