Fantastic Tailgating Menu Ideas

This easy menu scores big in taste and convenience for an unbeatable pre-game party.

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The Menu

    Our step-by-step tailgating guide provides the perfect match for any game-day appetite with hearty snacks and no-fuss finger foods.

    -- Creamy Parmesan Dip
    -- Dilled Onion Cheese Ball
    -- Chili
    -- Corn Bread
    -- Beer-Braised Brats
    -- New Orleans-Style Muffuletta
    -- Ham and Pea Wild Rice Salad
    -- Shortbread

Creamy Parmesan Dip

    Our Creamy Parmesan Dip is a no-brainer when it comes to wowing hungry fans. It only takes two simple steps to prepare this tailgating must-have.

Dilled Onion Cheese Ball

    Cheese balls travel well and disappear fast -- a perfect tailgating treat. You can offer more options with customized coatings like cracked peppercorns or snipped fresh herbs.


    Chili turns into a real crowd pleaser when you bring along containers of classic toppings. Try chopped tomatoes, sour cream, shredded cheese, diced onions, and crushed red pepper.

Corn Bread

    Complement zesty chili with irresistible corn bread. You can use it as a dipper, or on its own with honey and butter spread.

Beer-Braised Brats

    Simmering links in seasoned beer before grilling is the secret to crunchy, flavor-rich brats.

New Orleans-Style Muffuletta

    The spicy olive salad sets this signature Crescent City sandwich apart from other subs. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to tote.

Ham and Pea Wild Rice Salad

    To make sure this sturdy, satisfying side stays fresh and colorful, just pack it in an iced-down cooler.


    All you need are three simple ingredients to make this popular dessert. Some optional additions like dried cherries and orange zest, shown here, can make shortbread even more delicious. The next four slides show you how easy it is.

Step 1: Combine Butter and Flour

    For the first step in making shortbread, use a pastry cutter or a fork to cut butter into flour and sugar until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs and just begins to stick together. The next slide shows the details of working with the finished dough.

Step 2: Kneading the Dough

    The second step in making shortbread is to gently knead the dough mixture from Step 1 (previous slide) by squeezing and pressing it against the sides of the bowl until it's smooth. Be careful not to overwork the dough. The next slide shows how to roll the kneaded dough.

Step 3: Rolling the Dough

    After kneading the dough in Step 2, lay two clean 1/2-inch-thick strips of wood on either side of the shortbread dough. Rest the rolling pin on the wood strips and roll the dough to a perfect thickness. The next slide provides tips on cutting out the dough into cookie shapes.

Step 4: Cutting Out Dough

    After rolling the dough in Step 3, use a 1-1/2-inch round cutter to cut out the dough. Finally, re-roll the scraps as before, and continue cutting until all dough is used.

Anyone Can Cook

    Anyone Can Cook is an innovative cookbook that encourages those new to the kitchen to make simple yet tasty meals, while providing the tools to move on to more complex recipes.

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