Tailgating season is right around the corner—are you ready? Whether you’re getting together to cheer on your favorite team or you’re just there for the tailgate snacks, there’s no denying that football is this country’s great unifier. Food and football truly bring people together in a way not much else can.
When you’re considering tailgate food ideas, make sure to think of more than just flavor. You’ve also got to consider the atmosphere. Odds are, you’re not going to be sitting down for a formal meal here, so aim for foods that can be eaten at a leisurely pace. Snack foods are great for tailgating, finger foods are perfect and foods that go well with carbonated beverages are almost required here. Here are some great tailgate food ideas to bring to opening day, and every Sunday, Monday night and Thursday night game.
Chips and dips
One ubiquitous tailgate snack is chips and dip. It’s delicious, it’s versatile and it’s beloved by everyone. This is an easy way to get a lot of mileage out of one type of snack. There are many kinds of chips and dip combinations, from Ruffles and French onion dip to tortilla chips and fresh salsa. (Even vegans and those on gluten-free diets can enjoy chips and salsa!) In the world of tailgate snacks, chips and dip is the great unifier within the great unifier of football—just so long as nobody double dips!
Meat and cheese tray
Everyone has different tastes, so why not lean into that fact and let them have some control over their own snacks? A deli tray with various meats and cheeses is a great way to do just that. Just provide some condiments and bread and everyone will be glad to make their own personalized sandwich. Just remember to keep the goods cold as much as possible.
Fruits and veggies
Don’t forget to include fruits and veggies in your tailgate party for a balanced gorging session. Carrot and celery sticks can be a good way to make sure you get some vitamins, and they can be great vehicles for tasty dips. A fruit salad is always a popular option, especially if you use fresh fruit that’s in season and locally sourced.
If you want a more substantial meal for your tailgate party, or if you’re expecting a large number of guests, check out some heat-and-serve meals in catering trays. Options like mac and cheese, lasagna and scalloped potatoes can be perfect hot dishes to fill up your guests. These are also great paired with a main dish like barbecued or fried chicken, or slow-cooked pork shoulder.
Whether you’re looking for catering trays of heat-and-serve meals or pans to go, or you need finger foods to snack on before and during the game, Tony’s Delicatessen & Fresh Meats is your best bet. If you’re looking for the best tailgate snacks, visit us today to check out what we have in stock and get recommendations. We look forward to helping you enjoy tailgating to its fullest!
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