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Tailgate Food

Although these pages do contain tailgate appetizer recipes, they are appropriately entitled "Tailgate Food" because the term "tailgate food" incorporates much more than just snack foods! Chances are you have landed on this page because you know what a tailgate party is, and are looking for some tailgate party food ideas. For those who are not familiar with what tailgate food is, let's go over a few things about tailgate parties.

What is a tailgate party? Well, let's first begin with the term (the noun form), "tailgate." A tailgate is the back part of a car (let's call it a door) that is hinged on the bottom and opens from the top down. Tailgates are typically found in station wagons (do you remember those?), pickup trucks, or sport utility vehicles. When the tailgate is opened, it can be used much like a table, whether it be for tools, picnic and beach supplies, or of course, tailgate party food and tailgate party accessories! Keep in mind that people who drive vehicles without tailgates also join in on the tailgate party fun!

Now that we've established what a tailgate is, let's talk about tailgate parties. Tailgate parties are traditionally held around football and baseball season, but are also popular with other sports, such as soccer, basketball and hockey. where grilled food and festive
beverages are the main players. Tailgate parties usually take place in parking lots nearby whatever sport is taking place. The party goers will park their vehicles, open their tailgates and set up their barbecue grills and ice chests. Everyone then gathers and enjoys the outdoors and the great tailgate party food, while popping open a soft drink or a beer or two to celebrate their chosen sport. Though these party goers are often called, "tailgaters," they are not to be confused with those drivers on the road who follow too closely behind the car in front of them. In any case, tailgate parties are the perfect way to celebrate the sport season, and are just as fun as they sound!

Tailgate party food usually consists of foods we'll often eat at picnics, such as hambrugers, hot dogs, baked beans, and salads such as coleslaw and potato salad. Easy quick snacks and finger foods (also sometimes referred to as tailgate appetziers) are also perfect for tailgate parties, because the main focus of tailgate parties is to have fun and socialize outdoors in a simple, easy and uncomplicated way. Tailgate party food can also come in the form of healthy snack foods, depending on the ingredients and how the food is prepared. Barbecued chicken and buffalo wings are light and healthy, and a container of fresh vegetables with some sort of dip will certainly be a big hit! Tailgate parties can also be a family event, so it's a good thing that tailgate party food can also be translated as perfect kids' snacks!

Some of these tailgate recipe links will direct you to, a website I designed to share a larger variety of food recipes. LoveThatFood will open in a separate new window, allowing you to continue browsing appetizer recipes on this website. While you browse these pages for tailgate party food ideas, keep in mind that while tailgate food is great for outdoor tailgate parties, you certainly don't need to be outdoors to enjoy tailgate food! Tailgate parties are all about simplicity and having fun. You certainly don't need to hire an event planner for this type of event. The bottom line for planning for a tailgate party is to keep it simple, fun and easy!

Tailgate Recipes ▼

Horseradish Potato Salad
Horseradish is a distinct flavor that nicely compliments potatoes, adding a subtle but distinct "kick." This Horseradish Potato Salad recipe is a lively and welcomed change from traditional potato salad recipes, and beautifully accompanies a large variety of meals. This potato salad features large chunks of potatoes, hard-cooked eggs and green onions in a dressing of sour cream, mayonnaise, horseradish and fresh parsley.
Hummus Chicken Salad
Hummus Chicken Salad is wonderful on crispy Baked Crostini or soft mini slices of bread, and a wonderful twist to the traditional chicken salad. This chicken salad recipe is made with hummus rather than mayonnaise, giving it light and refreshing taste as well as healthful benefits. Diced celery, green onions and red bell pepper are also added into the mix, providing a fresh and tasty crunch!
Making your own hummus is as easy as pushing the button on your food processor! This Homemade Hummus recipe comes with an easy homemade baked pita chip recipe made from pita bread, giving the pita chips a healthy quality as well. This hummus recipe is made with garbanzo beans (chickpeas), tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and a small amount of cayenne pepper, and tastes fabulous with the pita chips!
Polka Dot Melon Salad
Honey Lime Melon Balls can be served with toothpicks as an appetizer or as a colorful fruit salad. Cantaloupe, honeydew melon and watermelon come together to create this colorful fruit appetizer that will bring life to any table! Assorted melon balls are marinated in a Honey Lime dressing that gives this fruit appetizer a delightful tart and sweet coating. May be served as a fruit snack, a fruit salad or a light and healthy dessert.
Jalapeno Artichoke Dip
This Jalapeno Artichoke Dip recipe is made with pickled jalapenos, marinated artichoke hearts, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and Tabasco Green Jalapeno Sauce, creating a wonderful combination of spice and flavor. This festive dip is a huge hit at parties and other events and tastes perfect accompanied by assorted crackers, tortilla chips, corn chips, a variety of fresh raw vegetables and more. This dip is loved by all ages!
Louisiana Barbecued Chicken
This barbecue chicken recipe features any cuts of chicken you prefer, whether it be legs, thighs, breasts or a quartered whole chicken. The Louisiana style barbecue sauce recipe features some butter, which helps keep the chicken moist while cooking. Along with a some ingredients you'll likely find in your pantry, the sauce also uses some prepared barbecue sauce, which allows you to add a little of your own favorite BBQ flavor.