Autumn means apple picking trips, leaves changing and football. And football, of course, means tailgating. We asked some women to share their best tailgating recipes:
Mikka Nodzo specializes in a spicy Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip – the sauce could also be used on cauliflower (where I live, Buffalo cauliflower is actually a thing – but then, probably every 3rd person is a vegetarian). Spicy blue cheese dip? Yum!
Nasreen Stump, who lives in Texas, swears by her Baked Jalapeño Boats. These should come with a warning, since they are both addictive and very spicy. They are also gluten-free and lower in fat than traditional jalapeño boats since they are baked, not fried.
Robyn Wright gilds the lily with her Smoked Crab Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers Wrapped in Bacon. I will take her word for it that these smoky poppers are delicious – most people think wrapping anything in bacon automatically elevates it to ethereal.
Not every tailgating recipe has to feature meat, or these, and Susie Kellogg has a vegan quinoa salad that she humbly names “The Best Quinoa Salad in the World!” I have to say, as a dedicated vegetarian, it is pretty awesome. Most quinoa recipes load in the fat with a mess of cheese, but this one focuses on fresh vegetables and it is delicious, healthy AND a crowd pleaser. You might want to double the recipe.
The Sanctuary in Scottsdale, AZ, created these ham and jam sliders for the Superbowl, but they would fit in with any meat eating tailgate party. And the cheddar biscuits are delicious – make extra and offer those to the vegetarian (or Kosher) guests.
What are your favorite tailgating recipes? Tell us in the comments below.