Football season is finally here! It’s an exciting time of year when we sport our team colors, enjoy tailgating in the company of family and friends and cheer our favorite teams to victory. Tailgating is a ritual for many, especially in the South, with the most important aspect being the menu. As much time and preparation that goes into a tailgate menu, you’ll want to make sure you have food choices that will have everyone cheering. Tackle your tailgate with these winning recipes:
Ham and Swiss Biscuit Bites with Jalapeno Plum Preserves will score big points with any crowd. Not only is this recipe easy to prepare, they make the perfect starting lineup for an early game when you need breakfast and brunch items for your tailgate. These sandwiches are sure to tackle hunger thanks to the protein found in cheese. An ounce of low-fat cheese, such as Cheddar, Colby or Swiss, has as much protein as an egg.
Sandwiches are always great for a tailgate because they are an easy, grab-and-go crowd pleaser. Football fans will cheer out loud for Muffuletta Sandwiches with Olive Salad. These hearty mini-sandwiches can be prepared a day ahead—just leave the olive spread in an airtight container for your guests to spread themselves on game day.
Every football fan knows that to win, you have to play to the end and finish strong. That means don’t forget dessert! Just stick to proper portions. Score big late in the game with Tiger Stripe Brownies. Show your team spirit by changing the colors of the milk glaze to match your team colors.
Whether you are tailgating at the stadium or having people over to watch the game, these recipes will please any crowd. Please visit our website for more recipes to serve up during this football season.
Stephanie Yow, MS, RD, CSP, LD