Tailgate Party Inspiration for Game Day Eats

Last Updated September 11, 2017
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tailgate party menu inspiration

From gin-infused wings to coffee-fueled brownies, these recipes have cold weather football written all over them. Try one of these fresh ideas at your next tailgate. 

Gin-Infused Lemon and Cilantro Chicken Wings

Gin-infused lemon and cilantro chicken
The batchers of Litchfield Distillery produce some of the best locally crafted spirits in Connecticut, and Chef Plum was eager to take Edible Nutmeg on the Road to visit their...

Honey Sriracha Wings

Careful - you may end up eating all of these before the guests arrive!

Veggie Sliders

Sliders on a plate
Looking for a healthy snack or a light lunch during the holiday season? Try these veggie-packed mini sandwiches.

Sexy Sliders with Fancy Sauce and Cola Onions

sliders with cola onions
These are as voluptuous and sexy as burgers get.

Greek Turkey Burgers

Greek Tukery Burger recipe from Chef Michael Psilakis's cookbook Live to Eat: Cooking the Mediterranean Way
A generous tablespoon of garlic puree not only helps bind the ground turkey mixture but is critical for adding moisture and a wonderful layer of flavor to...

Alaskan Smoked Porter Chili

Get this chili simmering on the stove early and your family will be sitting down for dinner before you even call them! Make sure you make enough for leftovers, this is one of those dishes that tastes...

White Turkey Chili with Barley

This comfy chili is a great use of leftover turkey. You can even toss in leftover vegetables too. We love it topped with flavorful cheddar cheese.

Nathan’s Wisconsin-Style Bratwurst

Our first attempt was a true lesson learned. We needed fatback, didn’t have any, but did have bacon. We used bacon. It all tasted like bacon. Not a bad thing! But also not bratwurst. Nathan has...

Pizza on the Grill

grilled pizza
Here’s a way to get crispy, perfectly charred pizza without leaving the backyard. Fire up the grill for a make-your-own-pizza party. Preparing the dough and toppings in advance makes it easy for...

Roasted Salmon Tacos, Baja-Med Style

Baja Salmon Tacos
Baja–med is a delicious fusion of Mexican and Mediterranean cookery found in the border town of Tijuana and elsewhere in Mexico’s Baja California.

Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos

For tender yet crispy carnitas, each piece of pork is individually browned and caramelized to intensify flavor and crisp the edges, then braised with a savory mixture of smoky roasted chiles, sweet...

50/50 Meatballs

The roasted eggplant lends a creaminess that works wonderfully well with a lean beef like longhorn or bison. Feel free to reduce eggplant to ground beef ratio.

Turkish Coffee Brownies

turkish coffee brownies
Turkish coffee is ubiquitous in Israel. This dessert has a caffeine kick that’ll keep your party guests awake so they can enjoy every last bit of the delicious food you prepared. The cardamom gives...
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