Follow this game plan for delicious pregame grub, and watch guests huddle up near the food, whether you're at home or on campus (it's easily transportable!)
Short on time? No worries. We’ve included simple-to-make recipes that you can prepare the night before the big game, so getting ready is a breeze. Pack two coolers if traveling, one for drinks and one for food. Deck out a portable table in your team’s colors with disposable goods such as napkins, plates, cups, and plastic utensils. By keeping it manageable, everyone’s a winner.
These recipes are great recruits for your menu. "If you want wider eyes and bigger smiles from fellow fans, include easy-to-fix homemade foods," says Nina Swan-Kohler, a native Missourian and a pro at football food. Thanks to Nina and reader Kate Blood (she sent us the deviled eggs) you'll have a powerful team of winning recipes. Nina's selections come from her book, Tailgates to Touchdowns: Fabulous Football Food, available at www.footballfood.net.
Offer plenty of savory snacks and cold drinks, and you're sure to score major points with friends and family who drop by. To take the fun into overtime, buy some hearty hoagie-style sandwiches and brownies for a great spread.
There's no need to load up the family and head to the stadium; you can enjoy the big game from the comforts of your own home. Feeding the hungry fans is easy. Grill hot dogs, and serve them with all the condiments. Set up a salsa bar for munching.