Who says you have to be at the stadium to tailgate? Sure, the party name comes from sitting on the open gate of a pickup truck and chowing down in the parking lot. But anymore, a tailgate party is anywhere football fans are gathered. Really, the only requirements are a TV and big table to set out all the food.
Today, Sunday Supper is partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to pair a variety of its mini-bottles with tasty game-day fare. As we tested recipes, we found there’s a wine to go with everything. Moscato with spicy food. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with anything beefy. All manner of chicken wings find an amiable teammate in Chardonnay. And the smaller serving bottles ensure everyone gets what they want.
Use these easy tailgate food tips to put on a championship party … in your own backyard or living room.
No penalty. There’s no loss of yardage (or face) for using convenience products. Store-bought BBQ sauces, cheese spreads, interesting condiments, salsas, brownie mixes and pre-cooked shrimp can help speed along the preparation process. Don’t feel guilty.
Strengthen the O-Line. The best party offense is a good defense. Plan ahead and make lists. Do you have everything covered? Drinks, appetizers, main dish, sweets? Plates, cups and napkins? Something for vegetarians? Something for folks on a diet? True, you can’t be all things to all guests but if you have a plan you’ll be in game-ready shape.
The playbook. Consider the time of the game when devising the menu. Most football games last at least three hours. So, if it’s an 8 p.m. start, plan on having food ready before kickoff. People will be hungry and some might leave at halftime if it’s a work/school night. Is it an 11 a.m. start? Consider a brunch menu.
Halftime show. Back in the day, the halftime entertainment was televised, but no longer do we see the marching bands or cheerleading routines. Halftime is now full of analysis from TV commentators and former players, plus highlights of other games. Get your crowd on its feet with a game of cornhole or horseshoes in the backyard, or some other activity to stretch their legs (and work off those nachos).
Touchdown! Don’t put the food out and forget it. Do an occasional sweep to make sure the food area is clean and bowls are replenished. If something is empty, remove the container. Make sure there is a trash receptacle visible for guests. Hot food should stay hot and cold food cold. Set up drinks separately from food so that there’s not a jam up in either area. Enlist your kids to police dirty cups and plates.
Need menu ideas? The Sunday Supper tastemakers have developed 20 recipes paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Pink Moscato, Pinot Noir, Red Moscato or White Zinfandel. We’ve got a deep bench and it shows.
Join us at 7 p.m. ET tonight for a tailgate celebration with wine in mind. Follow the hashtag #SundaySupper on Twitter and share your tailgate suggestions. Get your playbook ready with these recipes:
- Buffalo Chicken Dip by Whole Food | Real Families
- Chicken Thigh Kabobs with Spiced Yogurt Dip by MealDiva
- Chorizo Queso Dip by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms by Casa de Crews
- Hatch Chile Deviled Eggs by Shockingly Delicious
- Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Skillet Jalapeno Popper Dip by Life Tastes Good
Game Time Mains
- Al Capone Dog by Palatable Pastime
- Bacon Bleu Cheese Sliders by The Crumby Cupcake
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Quail by Flavor Mosaic
- Brat Burger by Curious Cuisiniere
- Brie Tomato and Quinoa by Family Foodie
- Crispy Chicken Wings by Feeding Big
- Crispy Maple Hot Wings by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Melty Turkey Cheese Sliders by Feed Me, Seymour
- Sticky Sweet and Sour Baby Back Ribs by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
The Victory Celebration
- Apple Crisp in a Jar by Desserts Required
- Caramel Apple Dip by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Double Crusted Apple Pie Galette by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Grandma’s Brownies by Alida’s Kitchen
Need more tips on tailgate planning? Check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ blog.
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.