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8 simple and mobile recipes for tailgaters

I was joking with a football friend of mine and told him that the 3 in RG3 represents where he is positioned on the QB depth chart.  I was glad he fell to third string just so we don’t have to hear the endless conversations about Washington and their “offensive” Redskins team name.  This topic  is overly discussed and I find it a little bit ridiculous, but who am I to judge? If we look hard enough I am sure we can find many team names or mascots that offend someone---somewhere. It just depends how deep we want to dig….

  • Minnesota Vikings:  I am sure there are Scandinavians who don’t appreciate the negative association with the Norseman that were referred to as “Vikings”. These men were notorious for raping, pillaging and committing piracy.  Not to mention they weren’t revered for their hygiene.
  • BYU Cougars:  I am sure there are millions of older women that prey on young men who don’t appreciate BYU stealing their thunder. 
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish:  Really???  Is this some kind of insensitive reference to the Irish stigma that men of this heritage have a reputation for overindulging and engaging in bar room fights?
  • Philadelphia Eagles:  Albeit the bald eagle is American.  However, it does disrespect billions of men who have suffered from unwanted hair loss.  C’mon Man----there are plenty of other birds to choose from.
  • Minnesota Twins:  Blatant disregard for multiple births---triplets, quadruplets….C’mon Man---even Octomom has feelings.
  • New York Giants:  Vertically challenged people can’t bring home a Super Bowl ring??? 
  • New England Patriots: Deflating footballs isn’t enough?  You have to brag about being part of a group of people who rallied to overthrow the British Crown? C’mon Man—it is America; part of our melting pot includes people of British descent!!!

Bacon Cheese Dip

tailgate-bacon dip

½ cup sour cream

6 ounces cream cheese

2 T. diced onion

4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled

Couple of dashes of Tabasco

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve with crackers.

Easy Pulled Pork

tailgate-pulled pork

2-3 pound pork roast

1 can of root beer

2 cups of BBQ sauce

Buns or Hawaiian rolls

Place all ingredients in a oven-safe dish and bake for 2 to 3 hours until the pork shreds. Put on rolls.  Serve with slaw. 

Easy Mexican Dip

tailgate-hot mexican

8 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces Velveeta

½ pound cooked sausage

1 can Rotelle

(jalapeno’s optional)

Tortilla chips

Mix all ingredients together.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until fully melted or place in a crockpot and heat until all ingredients are incorporated.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Cheesey pull-bread

tailgate-cheddar bacon pulls

3 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 round sourdough bread

8 ouncesshredded cheddar

½ cup melted butter

1 T. dry ranch

Cut slits horizontally on the bread, making sure you don’t slice it all the way through. Then cut slices vertically to create a checkerboard appearance.  Mix the dry ranch with the butter and pour over the checkerboard bread. Sprinkle with the bacon and cheddar cheese.  Wrap the entire bread with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and take with you to the tailgate.  Open and enjoy!!!


tailgate-italian skewerstomato skewers longtailgate-dessert skewers

Skewers are a great item to bring to a tailgate. They don’t require a plate, they are great at room temperature and they are pretty!  Here are a few suggestions to consider.  Skewer any mix of items and top with your favorite dressing or go the sweet route with some donut holes, brownies, marshmallowsand fruit.

Artichoke-Pepper Spread


2 cans of artichoke hearts

1 cup of roasted red peppers, chopped (jarred is fine)

1 and ½ cups shredded mozzarella

4 cloves of garlic

¼ cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and decide if you want to bake it for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or serve cold. Either way is delicious!!!  Serve with crackers, tortilla chips or torn bread.

Mediterranean Flatbread

spinach arichoke flatbread

1 can or jar of marinated artichoke hearts, reserve the marinade

Handful of spinach

Feta cheese

Chopped tomatoes

2 T. minced garlic

1/2 of a small onion, chopped

2 T. olive oil


In a pan fry the garlic and onion with the olive oil.  Add the artichokes, spinach and tomatoes and cook for an additional minute or 2.  Toss the mixture with the reserved artichoke marinade and put on top of the flatbread.  Sprinkle with feta---feel free to add olives or capers if you have them on hand.  Srpinkle with salt, pepper or red pepper flakes and enjoy.  

Reuben pinwheels

tailgate-reuben pinwheels

Soft taco or Burrito shells

1 pound of sliced corned beef

1 pound of Swiss cheese slices

1-cup sauerkraut

Thousand Island dressing

Spread the Thousand Island dressing on to the taco or burrito shell.  Lay corned beef slices on top of the dressing and then the cheese and sprinkle with sauerkraut.  Roll up and slice into pinwheels. Very mobile and very delish!!!!