Ready-to-Serve Tailgating Recipes

These make-ahead recipes are ready to eat straight out of the cooler. Simply open up containers, and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing spread.

We can’t say for certain, but we are pretty sure the event known as tailgating originated in the South. From humble beginnings of sandwiches and soft drinks served out of a cooler, much thought and planning now goes into tailgating recipes. This roster of crowd-pleasing favorites contains easy make-ahead recipes, such as Mini Muffulettas and Fipps Family Potato Salad, and ready-to-serve dips and spreads, including Bacon-Cheese Dip and Beer Cheese Spread. Let your local deli do the cooking and pick up tasty chicken tenders to use with Jalapeño-Mustard Dipping Sauce or Chicken and Honey Sandwiches. Classic tailgating recipes like Deviled Eggs and Smoky Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches team up with new players, namely Grilled Salsa and Whiskey Whoopie Pies, to give your tailgating menu the depth needed to satisfy your crowd throughout the game.


More from Southern Living