Carrie's Top Tailgate Food Ideas for the Football Season
From Carrie Morey's hot little suppers cookbook
The Tailgate Nooner Kit:
- • Carolina Grits
- • 12 Sausage Biscuits
- • 12oz Pimento Cheese
Here in the South, college gameday gathers folks across the state to rally for their die-hard team (South Carolina Gamecocks, being my team!). We raise our kids at these weekend tailgates. We spend college Saturdays watching the game from bars. We even make our own outdoor tailgates when watching the game at home.
A proper football tailgate is part of Southern culture, and if there's one thing we know, it's that no tailgate is complete without a spread of delicious finger food. One of my favorite games to prepare a tailgate for are noon games. I love getting up early when the weather is crisp and spending the morning outside serving up crock pot grits, breakfast sandwiches, and loads of accoutrements!
Here are my tips and tricks for preparing easy tailgate food (that isn't a bojangles tailgate special!) for those early noon game days:
#1: The best tailgate food is breakfast tailgate food.
Don't sleep on breakfast, y'all! If you have seen How She Rolls, you know that our Sausage Biscuits were inspired by drive-through breakfast sandwiches that I used to eat as a child. These were key for game day! It is important to fuel up for a big day in the sun with a couple of brews!
#2: Crock pot grits bar for the win!
Crock pot grits are a touchdown in so many ways. They are a "set it and forget it" hot dish that everyone at your tailgate can enjoy their way. I use our Carolina Grits overnight recipe (on the back of the bag), then pop my crock pot in the car until our tailgate is set up and I can plug it back in to keep the grits warm. Set out accoutrements like our Pimento Cheese, chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, scallions, and bacon crumbles.
#3: Sausage biscuits keep everyone full.
Pro Tip - reheat your sausage biscuits at home by wrapping them in foil and reheating them in a 400 degree oven. Just before you leave the house, pop them (still wrapped in the foil) into a hot cold bag to keep them warm throughout the tailgate. If you ever need to reheat them, use your tailgate grill! I tested this when I visited Pitmaster Rodney Scott while filming for How She Rolls, season one. Keep the biscuits wrapped in foil and pop them on a warm grill. They will have a delicious smoky taste to them that you can't get from an oven!
#4: When you can't prep at home, prep with Callie's Hot Little Biscuit eateries!
Not everyone has time to prepare a full tailgate of food. That's when we turn to fast food. Next time you are in need of an easy tailgate food to bring to a friend's spot, try a small business! Our Callie's Hot Little Biscuit eateries (Charleston, Atlanta, Charlotte) bakers dozens make the perfect noon game treat!
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