Football season is in full swing, which means finger-lickin’ football food is everywhere. While those bacon-wrapped jalapeños are all well and good, try offering your tailgaters a little more adventure this year with these delicious and daring tailgate recipes.
Get the party started with a few of our favorite appetizer ideas. Shoot for a classic crowd-pleaser with this SampleHouse Artichoke Dip from the SampleHouse cookbook. Easy to make and easy to serve, this hot and cheesy fan favorite may require a backup in case the first batch disappears before kickoff.
Spicy with a just a hint of sweetness, SampleHouse Chicken Poppers will be an instant classic at your next tailgate. Serve with an array of dipping sauces for a customizable yet manageable option for your tailgaters. For easy refills, store a batch of ready-to-fry chicken in the fridge.
For a more mobile twist on the beloved jalapeño popper, wrap your stuffed peppers in a triangle of puff pastry for an addictive take on a classic. No knives or forks are needed for this buttery-soft pocket of perfection. Find the play-by-play here.
Wow your crowd with a couple of our SampleHouse favorites, both of which are easy, delicious and sure to impress. Treat your guests right with one of our all-time favorite recipes: SampleHouse Pulled Pork. Perfect for sliders or as the co-star to a proper Texas barbecue spread, this pulled pork is sweet, savory and perfectly southern.
Hawaiian Ham and Cheese sandwiches are a one-pan wonder and so easy to pull off. Slightly sweet with bite from a spicy mustard glaze, these sandwiches are a pull-apart party favorite. Use a little creative license to create a few varieties and watch your crowd get full and happy before halftime hits.
Ensure a happy evening regardless of what’s happening on the field with these sweet and sinful SampleHouse S’mores Bars. All the essential elements of the classic campfire s’more come together in this easy-to-eat treat. A gooey mix of chocolate and marshmallow sits atop a bed of buttery graham cracker crumbs, making this dish both easy to make and easy to transport. It’s the perfect tailgating dessert.
If cupcakes are more your thing, kick up your cupcake game by icing them in your favorite team’s colors. Longhorn cupcakes, for example, demand burnt orange, while their Aggle rivals require a very particular shade of maroon. Perfect your team colors with Southern Living’s list of team color formulas. Using a few drops of this and one drop of that will take those cupcakes to first place in no time.