No tailgate would be complete without a buffet of tasty snacks at the ready. Trying to figure out what to serve ahead of the big game? Consider a menu that mixes classic offerings with unexpected treats.
Cheesy Hasselback Garlic Bread
You may have heard of the Hasselback technique for potatoes—making thin, partial slices (not going all the way through), so the end result is fanned but intact. Do the same for a loaf of bread, add garlic butter, cheese, parsley and voilà! A quick, mouth-watering appetizer that’s sure to be a pre-game hit. (Scroll down for the full recipe!)
Instead of the usual burgers and dogs (or maybe in addition to—we’re not judging!), serve up some super-portable kebabs. Prep meat and veggies ahead of time, cutting sirloin tips into cubes and tossing them in a marinade of olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Once you’ve arrived, arrange the beef cubes with pieces of bell pepper, zucchini, onion, or mushrooms on skewers, then grill. Substitute chicken or turkey for healthier, lighter kebabs.
Mexican-inspired Corn On The Cob
It’s time to take your corn-on-the-cob game to the next level. Cut ears of corn in half to make them easier for people to eat while they’re standing (or cheering). Spread a mixture of butter, lime juice, minced cilantro, and crumbled cotija cheese all around ears of corn, then, grill the corn in a foil packet until the corn is soft and tender.
Deviled eggs aren’t just for ladies who lunch—they’re also an ideal finger food to serve at tailgates. After hard-boiling eggs, cut them in half lengthwise to scoop out the yolks. Mix the yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, paprika, salt, and pepper. Scoop the filling back into the egg whites, and enjoy.
Cheesy Artichoke Dip
Using a food processor, blend artichoke hearts, mozzarella, Parmesan, minced garlic, mayonnaise, ground cumin, and hot sauce. Bake the mixture in the oven until the top is brown. Allow it to cool to room temperature, then store the dip in a container in your refrigerator until game day. Top the dip with bacon bits, and serve with crackers, pita chips, or corn chips.
It’s hard to go wrong with chili, and it’s even harder to mess it up. (Make a practice batch if you’re nervous—otherwise, just taste as you go!) First, grab a big pot, then add browned ground beef, your favorite beans, chopped onions, and garlic, plus chili powder, tomato paste, whatever beer you have lying around, and cumin. The longer you have to let the flavors marinate and mingle, the better. Top with grated cheddar cheese and chives. Don’t forget the ladle!
If the prospect of having to pick between guacamole and hummus stresses you out, consider serving this delicious hybrid. Use a food processor to blend chickpeas, avocado, olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, baby carrots, and celery sticks.
CHEESY HASSELBACK GARLIC BREAD IN 15 MINUTES OR LESS
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1 large loaf soft Italian bread
½ cup melted butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded cheese (mix of mozzarella and Monterey Jack)
½ cup shredded Parmesan
2 tablespoons minced parsley
- Preheat grill to medium high.
- Using a serrated knife, cut ¾-inch slices in the bread, without cutting all the way through,
so the loaf stays intact (similar to a hasselback potato).
- Mix together melted butter, minced garlic, and salt. Use a pastry brush to spread the
garlic butter in between each slice of bread.
- Place shredded cheese in between each slice. Brush more garlic butter over the whole
loaf. Cover with aluminum foil and place on grill, closing the grill lid. Grill loaf for 5
minutes, then uncover loaf and grill for another 3 minutes until golden brown.
- Sprinkle bread with shredded parmesan and parsley.
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