One of the best parts of football season is the tailgating before, during — and sometimes after — the game. We’ve known folks who’ll show up to tailgate and never actually make it into the stadium because they’re having such a good time hanging out with family, friends, and great food. And whether your team wins or loses this season, you can make sure that you never lose a tailgate party by creating fun, interesting, and delicious food that keeps people coming back for more.
Why Don’t You Slide
These Cheesy Meatball Sliders are easy to make, hit that savory spot that everyone’s looking for, and they free up your slow cooker for other foods. The meatballs are spiced with Italian seasonings, and they’re served on mini Hawaiian rolls that offer a slightly sweet counterpoint to the savory seasoning. They’ll be a big hit at your next tailgate. And since your slow cooker has been freed up, try this Spicy Honey Sriracha Game Day Dip. It’s quick and easy, filled with a real depth of flavor that your favorite tailgaters are going to love. Slice up some hearty bread — our pick is a good baguette — and toast it. That dip will hit like an All-American linebacker.
A Winning Combo
They say everything’s better with bacon, and these Maple Bacon Rice Krispies Treats prove it. Everybody loves good traditional Rice Krispies treats. It’s gooey and sweet with that little balancing punch of savory. Adding maple syrup to the mix and incorporating bacon? That’s the kind of genius that will have your guests just as excited about your tailgate as they are about the game. And if those treats leave you feeling really ambitious, there’s always Air-Fryer Ravioli to try. These don’t require a ton of prep time (about 20 minutes) and only cook for 10 minutes in the air fryer. You’ll want to do them in batches to serve them fresh and piping hot.
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Remember that part of the fun of tailgating is the people you do it with. Food isn’t just about filling your belly! It’s an integral part of the memories you make with the people you love.