Simple Tailgating Menu

 Sometimes the recipes aren't a revelation when you are planning an event, but you might just need to feel inspired.

Here is a simple, quick menu I planned for a weeknight tailgate that had to go together ahead of time for a last minute duck out the door:

Turkey and Cranberry Sliders - (Buttery Hawaiian Rolls sliced open and layered with sliced Turkey, Brie, and a sliver of cranberry sauce. Place back in bag to transport.)

7 Layer Dip - (layer refried beans, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, chopped lettuce, sliced olives, and scallions in a rectangular container with a lid.)

Cherry Cheesecake Dip -  (Crush a sleeve of graham crackers and place in bottom of container, mix 1/2 brick softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff, & one container of Cool Whip & spread over crackers, top with a can of pie filling.)

Saltine Toffee

We supplemented with cold fried chicken from the supermarket, deviled eggs, chips, veggies, and graham crackers for dipping.

Everything was made ahead and popped into a cooler on the way out the door.  If you use disposable plastic containers there is no clean up!

What is your favorite tailgate food?


  1. What's tailgate food? I've heard of tailgating when someone drives too close behind you, but not to do with food?

    1. A party in the parking lot before an event (sports or concerts) is called "tailgating" in the U.S. There is usually beer or wine involved :)


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