Tailgating Tips & Recipes

This past weekend I traveled to Maryland for the Redskins game. I’m a huge football fan so anytime I can watch a game live, I make the dreaded trip down the NJ Turnpike. Tailgating before a game is essential to having a good time. Seasoned tailgaters always come prepared (and so should you), so here is a list to make sure your tailgating party is a success.

1. Show up Early


In order to get the full enjoyment out of tailgating, you need to make sure you leave yourself enough time before the game. We show up about 3 to 4 hours before the game to set up. That should give you plenty of time to cook the food, play some games and just hang out with your group.

2. Find a Good Parking Spot



We park in the same spot for every game. There is always someone playing music with their speakers, we’re close enough to the bathrooms and in a spot with easy leaving access to beat the traffic at the end.

3. Get decked out.

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Show your team spirit. This past week was particularly tricky in the dressing department. The parking lot was windy and chilly and the stadium was HOT. Bring layers so you can accommodate the weather change.

4.  Don’t forget the booze.


Alcohol is expensive inside. We’re talking $12 for a beer and $14 for a liquor drink. Drink (responsibly) before the game to reduce the amount of purchases you will want to make inside.

5. Bring delicious food!


Knowing what is on the menu for the day gets me excited. We like to make a variety of finger foods because food is also very expensive inside (not to mention,  unhealthy). Here are some of my favorite tailgating recipes.

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Dip

Pizza Rolls

Touchdown Brownies

Avocado Egg Rolls

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Potato Rings with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buffalo Chicken Dip

White Pizza Dip

Mini Pretzel Dogs

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Sloppy Joe Sliders

Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs

Beer Mac & Cheese

Bourbon Bacon Baked Beans

Apple Cider Margaritas

Grown Up Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Football Dip

Oreo Football Truffles

Broccoli Cheesy Rice (Grandma’s Recipe)

First things first… How about dem Redskins!?


3 in a row – We are on fire!

All day I was brainstorming ideas to make healthy tailgating recipes for last nights game. But then, I made nothing. Instead I thought I’d share with you one of my Grandma’s (or possibly great granny’s) recipes!

Not only is this the easiest side dish you will EVER make but it’s also a people pleaser.

5 ingredients. 1 dish. It doesn’t get better than that.

broccoli cheesy rice

Broccoli Cheesy Rice (Grandma’s Recipe)


  • 3 boxes of chopped broccoli
  • 1 jar of Cheez Wiz (15 oz)
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of White Minute Rice
  • 1 stick of butter


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Add all ingredients to 9×13 dish
  • Cover with tin foil and cook for 30 minutes
  • Uncover and stir
  • Place back in oven for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown

broccoli cheesy rice

It’s a good thing we only enjoy this three times a year (Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas) because it’s definitely not healthy. Like Julia Child’s says – Everything in moderation!

Questions: What is your family’s go-to holiday food?