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Thread: Help! Need Tailgate recipe for soccer games!

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    Super Member Zappycat's Avatar
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    Help! Need Tailgate recipe for soccer games!

    Hi all.... I need help! I have to come up with some recipes I can take to share after my daughter's college soccer games. I travel 2 hours to games and I am not used to cooking large quantities... so I am feeling kind of clueless! I was looking for a main meal item that might not need to be heated...also some side dishes. I brought pasta salads the first time, but was trying to come up with a few other ideas! Would appreciate any help you can toss my way! Thank you!

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    Super Member Maggiemay's Avatar
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    I used to be in a similar situation. I would sometimes do sandwiches, I'd buy the small croissants & fill them with turkey & cheese or chicken salad. The croissants were so rich that you didn't need condiments.

    Some good salads were Taco Salad or Chinese Chicken Salad. Prepare everything & mix right before serving. I'd make pasta salad with tortellini & add pepperoni, salami, cheeses, black olives & that was always a hit.

    The girls always loved bean & cheese burritos too. Make them up & keep warm in one of those insulated bags. They didn't need to be hot to eat & they were always a hit (not my favorite, but they loved them!)

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    Junior Member TShooters's Avatar
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    Meatball sandwiches on sub rolls. You could heat up in your crockpot with spaghetti sauce, then pack your crockpot/crockpot insert in an ice chest for travelling. Maybe some shredded mozzarella or grated parmesan, sliced bell peppers and onions for topping
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    At times like this, and as a food safety pre-caution .... please remember to keep ...
    hot foods hot
    cold foods cold.

    What a FUN time these tailgate parties must be, but should someone get sick as a result of what they have eaten, the fun would only be a bitter memory.

    I hope you can find some ideas that will work ... and yet not create great food safety risks.

    HAVE FUN!!!
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!

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    The only cold main dishes I can think of would be sandwiches or salads.

    If you wanted to serve warm dishes, you could always look into getting one of those electric cooler/warmers that plug into your car lighter. (Igloo makes them and probably other brands out there too) Then you can cook your meal at home and transport it warm to the games.

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    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
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    Potato salad can be pretty filling, too. Use extra eggs and make sure to pack it with cold packs. Serve with saltines or French bread.

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    Super Member tesspug's Avatar
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    This site has cute turkey Kabobs. and other things. http://www.southernliving.com/food/e...759/page5.html

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    Super Member anicra's Avatar
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    I have a wonderful recipe that my son uses for his tailgate parties. It's called Taco Salad. It's very easy to make and it's always a crowd pleaser! Here's the recipe:
    Taco Salad
    1 1/4 lb. Chop meat head lettuce
    large tomatoes
    scallions (green onions)
    1 pkg. x sharp shredded cheddar cheese (cubed)
    1 sm. bottle catalina dressing
    1 package durkee taco mix
    Bag of nachos (crush them slightly)

    Cook the ground beef, drain the fat and put it in the bottom of an oblong pan and refrigerate.
    Cut up all the other ingredients and put in separate baggies.

    When you're ready to serve, put all the ingredients on top of the cold ground beef, mix and serve.

    You won;t believe how many people will ask you for the recipe!

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    I have the same problem getting a main dish to my family reunion, eventually gave up. Concentrate on what I can make and make lots of those dishes.
    Fun and tasty items;
    Ham and Pickle Roll up Dip-serve with crackers
    Carrot banana bread with Honey cream cheese spread(Martha Stewart)(cut 1/2 cup AP flour with 1/2 cup whole
    wheat flour)
    My bruschetta recipe: one head fresh mozzarella cheese(Sam's club), 1/2 cup (or to taste)- chopped red onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1-chopped, 1- clove put thru the garlic press, 1/4-1/2 cup rough chopped Fresh basil, Combine/coat with balsamaric(sp?) vinegarette (sp) just before serving, serve with toasted garlic bread slices cut in half.
    If all else fails stop at the local Walmart for a rotessiere chicken or two. Just remember to take a fork/knife to carve.

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    Super Member Zappycat's Avatar
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    Thank you all! I am going to print off all of your suggestions and may end up using them all throughout the season. Some great ideas! I knew I could count on you! : )

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    For desert I used to bring PEANUT BUTTER RICE CRISPIES. Place 1cup of sugar 1cup of light karo syrup in a large pan
    and bring to a boil for exactly 1 minute! ( If you do not time they will be like bricks!) Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup
    of creamy peanut butter and when blended add 6 cups of rice crispies cereal. Press into a 9x13 pan. Melt !/2 package
    of semisweet chocolate chips and 1/2 butterscotch chips in the microwave to frost them with. This can be doubled and
    done on a baking sheet with a lip/bigger pan. The girls used to request these.

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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    Here's something that can be served hot or room temp. It's called zucchini pie but it really is like a fritta.

    3 cups chopped zucchini
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 cup bisquick
    4 eggs
    1/4 c veggie oil
    1/2 c grated Italian cheese
    1 t garlic powder
    1 T dried parsley (optional)
    salt and pepper

    Mix everything together, pour into a greased 10 inch pie pan and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes, or until it's browned and firm in the center. You can use a square pan but then it's not zucchine pie, LOL! Easy go alongs are uncooked finger foods like grape tomatos, baby carrots, pepper strips and celery sticks, taste good and healthy too. You could also cook up a bunch of Italian sausage and cut it into slices and serve with little plastic forks or big toothpicks. May in Jersey
    Last edited by May in Jersey; 10-03-2012 at 06:19 AM.

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    I fed the entire piccolo section of the University Of Michigan Marching Band for 4 years. They liked subs (so that they could march on the field and not get sick)...so I put the fixings out on the table and they made their own. Ham, turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, mayo, olives, buns. Stored food in a cooler. Also served veggie pizza, muffins, salsa and chips, brownies or cookies, magic cookie bars, mixed candy corn and roasted peanuts (YUM), often would bring a Halloween bucket full of small candy bars. When it got colder, I would bring homemade potato or chicken soup and keep it hot in one of those short igloo coolers. It even stayed warm until after the game. No one EVER got sick. I lived 2 1/2 hours away and always kept things hot or cold.
    If you want recipes, PM me and I am willing to share--especially the potato soup. What great memories!!

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