Tailgating Recipes

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Tailgating Recipes

Throwing a tailgate party means having delicious tailgating recipes, from which to create appetizers that are easy to eat and go well with beer and other alcoholic beverages. Most tailgate parties occur in stadium or arena parking lots before or after sporting events and, occasionally, concerts.

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Vehicles with tailgates are not necessary for a tailgate party, as folding tables, chairs and barbecue grills can be used as substitutes for a tailgate. You can make good tailgating recipes ahead of time and place them in bowls or on plates for serving ease. Use sturdy paper plates and utensils when having a tailgate party, so you do not have to take things home to wash afterward.

Hotdogs Wrapped in Pretzel Dough

  • 12-ounce can or bottle of room temperature beer
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 package of active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups of bread flour
  • 10 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted melted butter
  • 2/3 cup of baking soda
  • 18 hot dogs

Heat beer until it is 110 degrees, and then add sugar and salt. Pour into bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. When yeast begins to foam, usually after about 5 minutes, put butter and flour in a bread machine and add the beer mixture. Cut dough into 18 to 20 one-inch wide strips, wrapping each around one hot dog. Seal edges by pinching but leave ends open. Drop a couple of these dough-wrapped hot dogs into boiling water for about 1/2 a minute. Then place boiled hot dogs on cookie sheets. Brush each dog with beaten egg yolk, sprinkle with a little salt and bake until golden brown.

Tailgating recipes should include delicious appetizers such as this one:

Sweet Potato Toppers

  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup of bourbon (or orange juice)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger spice
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • Townhouse crackers

Mix salt, cream and sugar in saucepan, add sweet potatoes and bring ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender. Next, drain the potatoes and cream them in a food processor. Refrigerate mixture for about 1-1/2 hours. In a separate saucepan, blend bourbon and raisins, simmering them for a few minutes before removing from heat. Let stand for about one hour. Drain and pat raisins to dry them. Mix brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon in shallow dish. Add the raisins and stir until all raisins are coated. Spread crackers with the creamed sweet potato mixutre then top off with a few of the raisins.

Tailgating recipes also involve creating delectable desserts:

Ginger and Chocolate Chip Bars

Courtesy of YoAmes
  • 1 cup of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Grease a baking pan and line it with parchment paper. Blend dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside. Beat sugars and butter with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, and gradually add flour mixture. Mix lightly before adding chocolate chips. Spread this finished batter in the pan and bake until you can insert a toothpick and pull it out cleanly. Cut into bars after it has cooled. Keep the bars in an airtight container to retain moistness.

Tailgating recipes can also incorporate the use of a barbecue grill as well. Barbecued hot wings and chicken fingers are also popular and easy-to-make tailgating party foods as well.

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