Football, food and fun
Here are a few of Debbie Ellingsworth's suggestions for a successful tailgate:
- 1. Always be aware of food safety. Keep cold items cold and hot items hot while in transit to the game and while setting up your tailgate.
- 2. Pick some "outside-the-box" items. Instead of regular burgers or wings, try vegetarian chili or grilled flatbread with an assortment of homemade spreads (See note, below).
- 3. Football tailgating spans at least two seasons, so keep the weather in mind when planning a menu. When temperatures drop, gourmet hot chocolate might be more popular than cold sodas.
- 4. Remember that food-borne illnesses can occur when, for example, a knife or plate is used for raw meat and then for items such as cheese or tomato slices. Bring enough utensils, plates and foil to avoid reusing.
- 5. Let the cook enjoy the party, too. Do as much preparation at home as possible so that many dishes are ready to eat—or at least assemble—on arrival.
- 6. Keep cleanup simple by using some disposable items and bringing along a container of hot water with a bit of bleach in it for items such as platters and knives.
Here are a few of Debbie Ellingsworth's recipes for a successful tailgate:
(click on the title for a printable 5" x 7" pdf)