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.
- Recipe: Lobster Deviled Eggs
The mouth-watering combination of chips and cheese is made even better with some flavorful shellfish mixed in. Shrimp and crab are an unexpectedly delicious choice, and plenty of pickled jalapeños and pepper Jack cheese turn up the heat.
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Crab Nachos
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.
- Recipe: Cruisin' Crab Dip
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.
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.
- Recipe: Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
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.
- Recipe: Seafood Kebabs
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.
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.
- Recipe: Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad
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.
- Recipe: Southwestern Burgers
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.
- Recipe: Waldorf Salad