Our Best Game Day Party Food

Enjoy the game at home with some of our favorite appetizers, burgers, and sides

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Lobster Deviled Eggs

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Staynor, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Lobster Deviled Eggs

Give this traditional appetizer a little something extra by mixing in fresh cooked lobster meat. If you’re on a budget, you can substitute lump crabmeat or cooked, chopped shrimp.

Chorizo-and-White Bean Dip

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Chorizo-and-White Bean Dip

Chorizo is a highly flavored sausage made with lots of paprika and spicy seasonings. Take this unique, delicious dip to add some flavor to your next tailgate.

Smoked Bluefish Spread

Photographer: Melanie Acevedo, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Smoked Bluefish Spread

Make this satisfying spread as a pre-game appetizer. The dip can be made the day before for easy prep and transport.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Cruisin' Crab Dip

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Cruisin' Crab Dip

This rich and creamy dip gets a kick of heat from hot sauce and a nice tang from Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Serve with toasted baguette slices or your favorite crackers.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Avocado-Corn Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips

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Avocado-Corn Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips

It’s not a tailgate without chips and dip. But homemade tortilla chips make this dish a showstopper. The fresh and lightly fried crispy chips pair perfectly with this chunky guacamole-style dip.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Southwestern Cheese Spread

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Southwestern Cheese Spread

A blend of three cheeses combined with spicy peppers, tangy capers, and a variety of condiments, this dip is loaded with flavor.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Fish Sliders on Cornbread Rounds with Red Pepper Mayonnaise

Photographer: Randy Mayor, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Fish Sliders on Cornbread Rounds with Red Pepper Mayonnaise

Delicate halibut fillets are sandwiched between crunchy Cornbread Rounds and topped off with tons of zesty flavor from Red Pepper Mayonnaise.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad

Photographer: Melanie Acevedo, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad

Quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds, which star in this light and refreshing salad. You can substitute orzo pasta, faro, or couscous for the quinoa, if you prefer.

Seafood Kebabs

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Seafood Kebabs

Everyone loves a good kebab! The trick for great ones is to make sure meat and vegetables are cut into equal-size pieces before skewering so that everything has a chance to cook evenly.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Shrimp Louis Sliders

Photographer: Randy Mayor, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Shrimp Louis Sliders

Japanese breadcrumbs, celery, and onions pack tons of crunch into these crispy, golden sliders. We recommend slathering on some of our Louis Dressing and serving on Chive Biscuits for the ultimate slider experience.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Country Apple Slaw

Photographer: Jean Allsopp, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Country Apple Slaw

This isn’t your average slaw—the combination of sweet, sour, and savory flavors is what makes it stand out from the rest.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Ginger-Lime Marinated Shrimp Kebabs with Grilled Flank Steak and Cilantro Butter

Photographer: Jean Allsopp, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Ginger-Lime Marinated Shrimp Kebabs with Grilled Flank Steak and Cilantro Butter

Treat your fellow tailgaters to budget-friendly surf and turf with these hearty kebabs. Soak the skewers in water for an hour before assembling the kebabs to keep them from burning on the grill.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad

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Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad

It just isn’t a tailgate without great sides. This French-inspired pasta salad is almost a meal in itself, with chunks of salmon, crispy green beans, and salty kalamata olives.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Crab Cake Sliders with Dill-Caper Cream

Photographer: Randy Mayor, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Crab Cake Sliders with Dill-Caper Cream

We’ve taken the classic coastal crab cake and turned it into a burger on toasty buns with fresh arugula and a tangy Dill-Caper Cream.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Southwestern Burgers

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Southwestern Burgers

Mild avocado and creamy Monterey Jack cheese balance the heat in these chili powder-infused sirloin patties. If you’re a fan of spice, top off your burger with jalapeño slices.

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Photographer: Jennifer Davick, Writer: Jennifer Beeler

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Go tropical and substitute chopped pineapple for the grapes and macadamia nuts for the pecans in this dish. Stir in about ½ cup coconut for even more island flavor.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Waldorf Salad

Photographer: Squire Fox, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Waldorf Salad

This quick and easy salad is perfect for a last-minute addition to your tailgate or barbecue. The apple yogurt adds an extra punch of sweet flavor while keeping the dish lower in fat.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Lemon-Mint Melon Compote

Photographer: Jean Allsopp, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Lemon-Mint Melon Compote

This version of a melon fruit salad uses a simple syrup to add sweetness but mixes in fresh mint leaves and lemon zest for a cool and refreshing finish.

Coconut Pineapple Bars

Photographer: Alan Richardson, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Coconut Pineapple Bars

Take you tailgate to the islands. Top these tropical bars with powdered sugar and toasted coconut for a presentation sure to impress.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

The combination of sweet and tart make this cookie the perfect hand-held treat. Hearty oats give a nice chewy texture that complements the dried cranberries.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

Not only does this cake travel well, but it's also moist and gooey and topped off with a decadent Coca Cola-infused icing.

Our Best Tailgating Recipes: Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

Photographer: Jim Bathie, Writer: Amber Sandoval-Griffin

Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

Your guests will never know that these whipped-up-in-a-flash cupcakes came from a box. Top them with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting for the ideal sweet treat.

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