Y’all, football season is right around the corner! I can barely contain my excitement. Nope, I’m not only excited about the games; I’m excited for the smorgasbord of food that goes down on game days. Who else only gets excited about the sports just because of the food involved? I do love college football (GO VOLS), but planning a menu full of delicious treats gets me all kinds of excited for the big game.
Before I go any further, I must confess that we absolutely indulge when it comes to our football food menus. So, if you are looking for a “healthy” tailgate menu, this is probably not the place. We eat pretty healthy normally so I’m not worried about a little splurge here and there. Remember, I named my blog IMPERFECTLY BALANCED for a reason!
Our menu consists of recipes I have found on Pinterest or recipes I have adapted from family cookbooks. Like I mentioned before, they are indulgent so if you want something healthy and light to go with the appetizers, these are great options:
My Favorite Football Tailgate Recipes
Buffalo Chicken Dip
We have this dip for EVERY SINGLE football game. It’s a favorite and my five year old LOVES it. You can find many “healthified” versions on the web, but what fun is that? Get the Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe now.
‘Nuf said. These bad boys are delicious. My mom handed down this recipe and I have no idea where it came from, so I’m sorry for not giving any shout outs! But thanks Mom for sharing!
- 1 package sausage
- 1 package biscuit mix
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Mix all ingredients together until fully incorporated.
3. Roll into meatball size balls and place on a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20 minutes.
My favorite photographer ever Whitney posted a picture of these on Instagram recently, and I decided immediately that I needed to make some for the game. These crackers have been a favorite in my family for as long as I can remember! I’m using a recipe that my mom gave me so again I don’t know where to give credit.
- 1 package dry ranch seasoning
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 package oyster crackers
1. Heat the oil on medium heat.
2. Add the ranch seasoning and mix together.
3. Pour over crackers and mix until all crackers are covered.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Another recipe that has been passed down to me! You can’t beat a warm and creamy dip. Notice we chose TWO of those. I think it is pretty obvious we like dips.
- 2 cans artichoke hearts *drained and chopped
- 2 cups mayonnaise *I use sour cream instead
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach *thawed and drained
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Melt all ingredients slowly in a saucepan until creamy. Stirring to make sure everything is mixed together well.
3.Pour into a casserole dish and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
4. Serve hot with crackers.
As I introduce this last recipe, I’m realizing there is A LOT of cream cheese involvement going on.
This stuff is crack. Seriously, so good and EASY. Sopapilla is the perfect dessert after all those savory dishes. If you make anything at all from this list, IT SHOULD BE THIS ONE.
- 2 (8 ounce) packages crescent rolls
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese *room temperature
- 1 cup sugar *I use coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Spray a 9 x 13 dish with oil or butter.
3. Press one package of crescent rolls into the bottom of the pan.
4. Combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread on the crescent roll.
5. Press down the remaining package of crescent rolls on top of the cream cheese mixture.
6. Pour melted butter on top and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar.
7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden.
8. Serve warm. Optional to top with ice cream or whipped cream!
And there you have it! Just typing this all out has me even MORE excited for football season! Make sure you stock up on cream cheese! ha.
I would love to know if you make anything from this list! Tag me on Insta!