Tailgating Trade Secrets by Carrie Morey • Featured in Hot Little Suppers Cookbook
From Carrie Morey's hot little suppers cookbook
Tailgating Must Haves:
- • Handmade Biscuits
- • Your favorite football team
- • A good time!!
*These tips & tricks come from Hot Little Suppers cookbook. Pre-order here*
Whether it’s a football game or the rodeo, I love to tailgate. Taking a party along with me is one of my favorite ways to entertain. Over the years, I have developed a few tricks of the trade that make it easier and more fun. It’s all about convenience. The better job you do packing it in, the easier it is to pack it all up when it’s time to go home!
There tips are from my cookbook, Hot Little Suppers. You can find the full tip list in the fall chapter of the book, along with recipe recommendations that are travel-friendly!
#1: Skip the Table!
If you have a pickup truck or SUV with a tailgate or an SUV with a rear door, skip bringing a bulky table along. Instead, pack a tablecloth, spread it over the truck bed or rear space, then use height to display items at different levels. You can even do this out of the trunk of a car. To create platforms, turn plastic storage containers upside down, drape cardboard boxes with a tablecloth, or use cake stands and platters.
#2: Ice, Ice Matters, Baby!
We all know a tailgate isn't complete without a signature dip (try this, this, or this one!). For a dip that has to stay cold, double up on serving bowls by filling large bowl with ice and placing your dip inside the iced-bowl – hello handmade cooler! Keep half of cold dips in the cooler and then replenish what’s on display with the fresh dip as needed. If you’re worried about bugs, bring your cutest kitchen towels to drape over the food or invest in a set of food tents.
#3: Avoid Soggy Sammies! Assemble On-Site
For biscuit sandwiches and sliders, pack every part separately and wait to assemble them when you arrive at your tailgating spot, so the bread doesn’t get soggy. For Fried Chicken Sammies, pack the chicken in a paper bag to keep it crispy. If you’re more worried about keeping it moist and warm, pack it in foil. Pack the buns, Sriracha mayo, pickles, and slaw in separate containers to assemble the sammies on-site.
#4: Fried Chicken Fun Fact
Here’s another one of my favorite ways to serve fried chicken on the go: I line a brown paper grocery bag with parchment paper, add the chicken, and roll the bag shut. Then when I’m ready to serve, I tear open the paper bag and serve with a bottle of hot sauce on the spread-out paper for a rustic presentation.
#5: Use Travel-Well Treats
Fried Chicken Sandwiches are always a crowd pleaser, but I like to offer a variety of sandwich styles, like Seared Salmon or Smoked Salmon Biscuits, Country Ham Biscuits, and PB&J. Often times when I've been snacking on chips and dip all day, I need to replenish with some nutrients! That's when I reach for a crudite, dill dip, and our savory biscuit crackers. For noon games, I love to bring a crock pot of Carolina Grits and Naughty Eggs – my take on a deviled egg with a twist! Of course, you should always have our Callie's Hot Little Biscuit fiery pimento cheese on hand for an extra hot and ready accoutrement!
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- Buttermilk Biscuits
- Country Ham Biscuits
- Sausage Biscuits
- Fiery Pimento Cheese
- Savory Biscuit Crackers
- Carolina Grits