Score With These Tailgating Finger Foods

September 15, 2014 Gameday Tips

Fall is here! With it come football season, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and tailgate parties. Count on enjoying amazing food when tailgating — people seem to pull out all the stops in honor of their favorite team. I think it's best, though, to make food that's delicious and easy to eat. After all, you're in a parking lot, and you have a lot more on your mind than worrying you might get chili on your team jersey.

I think it's best to make food that's delicious and easy to eat.

Football Finger Food People think of chili and pizza for gameday food, but I like things that lend themselves to munching. Peanuts, popcorn and chips are good, but why not try crunchy garbanzo beans? The recipe calls for rosemary and Parmesan, but you can really use any combination of flavors. I like to make a spicy version using cumin, garlic powder and chili powder.

What about roll-ups? Fill a tortilla with your favorite ingredients, slice it up and refrigerate for easy-to-eat, easy-to-transport snacks. I always love the classic roll-ups filled with ham, cheese, lettuce and tomato, but I also enjoy this Latin-inspired version.

Delectable Dips Dips are an easy choice for tailgating, whether it's French onion dip from the convenience store or something a little more involved. For instance: If you still want your chili but don't want to balance a bowl and spoon, this chili-cheese dip gives you all the taste with none of the mess.

Quesadillas Quesadillas also take advantage of the versatile tortilla. Fill it with your favorite ingredients, heat it up in a pan, pack it up and go. What could be easier? Pack each quesadilla, once it's cooled a bit, in an individual plastic bag, so you can grab and cheer on your team. Quesadillas also reheat beautifully on the grill, if your tailgating spot is equipped. If you're looking for zesty flavor, try these quesadillas with black beans and a cilantro sour cream topping.

Tailgating is pure fun! With a little planning and preparation, you can create delicious, portable treats for you and your friends to enjoy as you cheer on your team.

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