Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate

By The Editors

Real Onion Dip

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Photo by Maria Robledo


You won't find any packaged onion soup in this real version of onion dip, which uses caramelized onions in place of the dry, salty mix. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Tomato Bruschetta

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This recipe was used in the making of Julie & Julia , which means it must be good. The key to perfection? Excellent bread. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Corn and Prawn Fritters

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Photo by Regina Charboneau


This recipe was created by Regina Charboneau after she vacationed in Martinique and Guadeloupe and was inspired by the local cuisine. It became so popular she put the recipe on the back of her business card. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Baked Portabellos

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The mushrooms in this recipe are marinated in soy sauce, which drains them of water while keeping them juicy. The sauce also serves to cut the mushroom flavor a bit. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Blue Ginger Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Photo by Emily Sterne


The chicken filling in this dish, served in the lounge of Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger restaurant, is wrapped in Bibb lettuce leaves making it a healthy substitute for quesadillas or tacos. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Batter-Fried Zucchini

Photo by Aglaia Kremezi

This batter can be used on nearly any vegetable, including squash, string beans, and cauliflower. And don't forget to use all parts of the vegetable by frying zucchini blossoms and squash blossoms as well. View recipe here .

Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Sandwich Tunisien

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This sandwich is incredibly easy to make, and could even be prepared on a two-foot sub roll so everyone at the party can enjoy a piece. The key is using quality ingredients. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Thai Fried Chicken

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Photo by Jarrett Wrisley


What football party is complete without wings? Make chicken wings even better with this easy Thai twist on the Southern classic. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

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Every party should have something for everyone to eat. Please your vegetarian friends with this no-meat entree, which can be made with any barbecue sauce. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Carrot-Cayenne Cole Slaw

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What could be a better accompaniment to sloppy joes than cole slaw? This version uses cayenne pepper and champagne vinegar, making it a spicier version of the classic. You won't even miss the mayonnaise. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

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Photo by Susan Spungen


These potatoes, though inspired by Julia Child, are more all-American than French. But don't worry, they use enough butter to make Julia proud. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Beer Options

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No tailgate would be complete without a side selection of beer. Need inspiration? Browse our beer expert's recommendations. Learn more here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

Apple Crumble

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Take advantage of fall fruit season by ending your all-American football party with an all-American apple crumble. It has all the taste of pie without all the work. View recipe here .
Football Food: What to Eat at the Tailgate
Home-cooked snacks to serve on game day.

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