After indulging in the traditional hot and meaty offerings from a tailgate grill, there is little space left for a heavy dessert. Here’s a light option that hits the right spot.
Some might say gross to the idea of fried calamari, otherwise known as fried squid. And if you’re like me, you hear squid and picture the limp sea creature on the dissecting table in junior high science class. But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it – it doesn’t even taste fishy. If it’s it done right, it doesn’t have a rubbery texture (ew, gross) and is seasoned well and crispy. Here are a few places around Chicago, and one in the suburbs, that does calamari right.
L’ Patron, a new, Logan Square taco joint, is more than “just another Mexican restaurant” in a neighborhood filled with them — it’s amazing.
Whether playing on the shirts or skins team, these potato skins will be loved by all. Enjoy this hearty dish during a tailgate for a real game winner.
This succulent, lightly flavored fish dish brings a different nuance to tailgating offerings.
The Salvation Community Center in Norridge provides after-school activities for young people, other resources for people struggling financially as well as worship services.
Fans will forget all about the football once they see you arrive at the tailgate with this dish.
By using similar ingredients with a change-up in technique, you can make two types of chicken wings. These will keep all fans happy.
A happy-go-lucky, finger-food dessert choice, these no-bake sweet treats brighten up just about any event or celebration. Pull them out after your team’s loss to cheer up discouraged fans.
Whether you’ve got a vegetarian in your group or are just watching your calories, this hand-held grilled portobello wrap is the perfect tailgating food at only 300 calories per serving.
Pastry creator and mastermind chef behind Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Mindy Segal, specializes in contemporary American cuisine with a focus on quality, local ingredients and technique. Her focus is evident throughout the warm, delicious smelling, Bucktown restaurant. Each element of the dining room, menu, decor and take-home products is a modern twist on a classic…
Pies and the holidays just seem to go together, but taking them to a tailgate party is a bit tricky because they are fragile to transport and hard to serve. Hand pies are individual treats that can be made ahead of time (even frozen) and brought to the game with very little fuss.
You can do so much more than a cold vegetable tray with ranch dressing to fill out the menu for a tailgate party. Football season marks the tail end of fresh corn season, so get this on your menu soon.
While waiting for the gridiron grill to heat up in readiness for the classic tailgate food of burgers and brats, the hunger bunnies still have to be satisfied. A delicious accompaniment to your beverage of choice while you wait are these two-bite morsels.
When the weather dips, tailgating calls for hot soups. Check out these recipes.
In the belly-filling fare of potluck football parties, who knew a man-pleasing dish could have secret nutritional value? Enter the Chili Cheese Haystack.
Put on a twist on your tailgate menu this weekend. These alternative “sliders” will not only be super delicious snacks for the vegetarian, but will have the die-hard carnivores clamoring for their share, too.
Dessert often gets neglected at tailgating functions, but whip up a batch of this homemade slow cooker bread pudding and your tailgating buds will be begging you for more.
The grill is made for more than just hot dogs and brats. Use it as a cooktop for hot dips like this Mexican favorite: FUNdido.
Nothing screams Pennsylvania Dutch warm-weather cooking than a good, old-fashioned apple dumpling. Be the hit at your next tailgate party with this sweet fall treat.