Football means friends, family and good food.
It’s hard to imagine a tailgate without wings, chips, or at the very least… something cheesy.
With fall and football in full swing, I wanted to share some of my favorite tailgating foods and recipes, and hear some of your tried and true go-tos!
Wings can be a tricky tailgate option because although they’re spicy and savory, they can often lead to a messy face and/or a lot of clean up.
My suggestion? Ditch the bone for boneless wings.
I find that the easiest (and laziest) way to make them is to coat the pieces (I use nugget-sized pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breast) in flour, dip in sauce (My go-to is Franks Buffalo), then bake in the oven (at 350) until reaching the desired internal temperature, then adding on any additional sauce you’d like over the top of the chicken.
Some prefer a little more work (and admittedly, taste) when it comes to their wings, so I’ve included two recipes for boneless wings guaranteed to be a hit at your next tailgate:
Honey Baked BBQ Chicken Bites
Bourbon Cider Boneless Wings
Nachos are a great way to start a conversation since most tailgaters will reach in for a bite at some point in time while gathered around a table of food.
They’re also fairly easy to make and require little clean up.
You can always pour some Velveeta over a chip spread, but for those looking to impress, here are some options to take your nachos to the next level.
Irish Breakfast Nachos (this one is great for those early morning games!)
Chili is a great dish for colder tailgates because you can keep it in a slow cooker and it takes minimal effort but gives out maximum flavor.
If you’re making your chili in a slow cooker, I suggest making it the night before or early the morning of so it has at least 4 hours to cook.
I also suggest bringing some extra cheese, sour cream, and something crunchy to serve on top.
Here are some choices for chili:
Slow Cooker Tailgate Chili
Chili from The Pioneer Woman
Cider is one of my favorite fall drinks, and I love that it can be served hot or cold.
It also goes really well with freshly-picked fall apples or donuts, both of which are in season right now and featured at Busch’s.
Spiced Apple Cider Rum Punch Cocktail
Apple Cider Moscow Mule
Hot Apple Pear Cider (Nonalcoholic)
BUSCH’S DELI ITEMS
If you’re like me and a last minute planner, you’ll more than likely find yourself scrambling to put together any sort of food, let alone a fully prepared meal. We’ve got the solution for anyone who has found themselves in a pickle, needing a lot of good food in a short amount of time.
Our deli has dozens of different options depending on what you are looking for, but I’ll leave you with some of my personal favorites.
Rotini Delight Pasta Salad
I love this pasta salad because I’m not a fan of olives, mushrooms, or any other similarly textured foods. The flavor is great and I’ve actually had this dish as an entire meal before. I promise you will “delight” your crowd with this pasta salad.
I find that some Tabbouleh has way too much parsley and not enough of the other ingredients so you’re often left chewing a heaping mouthful of parsley. I really like this Tabbouleh because it’s the perfect balance of ingredients and flavor, and again, I find it enjoyable enough to eat as an entire meal. This is another option you can serve that will be a hit.
The Pot Pies
I am a sucker for comfort food and I can never seem to turn down a pot pie. All of our pot pies are made in our central kitchen, and they’re super easy to heat up and enjoy. If you want to tell your guests that you made them yourself, we promise we won’t get mad.
Do you have any favorite tailgating food or drinks that you want to share with us? Let us know!