Kick Your Tailgate Up a Notch with These Game Day Recipes

October 23, 2015

From the genius that is cooking sliders in a muffin tin on the grill to a beer-infused beef stew that has cold weather football written all over it, try one of these fresh ideas at your weekend tailgate. 

Indian-spiced chicken wings
Alfredo Añez for Edible South Florida

Indian-Spiced Chicken Wings
When the Miami Dolphins faced off against the New York Jets at London's Wembley Stadium this fall as part of the NFL International Series, South Florida fans got in the tailgating spirit with – of course – wings. These easy-to-make, not too spicy take on the British favorite chicken tikka masala comes from British chef Andrew Gilbert of The Seven Dials in Coral Gables, Florida. 


Muffin Tin Smokin’ Sliders with 647 Secret Sauce
Fair Winds Press
Muffin Tin Smokin’ Sliders with 647 Secret Sauce
Cooking sliders over fire in muffin tins is so much easier than flipping them all individually, and lining the tins with caramelized onions imparts the vegetables’ sweet, rich flavor to the meat while they cook. 


wood fired grilled panini
Fair Winds Press, 2015

Wood Grilled Party Panini
Improvise the Italian sandwich press on the grill to make this jumbo-size panini. The most important step is marinating the vegetables so the high notes and richness of the vinaigrette stay within the sandwich. 


beer-infused beef stew
Terri Milligan for Edible DOOR
Beer-Infused Beef Stew 
This beef stew infused with your favorite local beer such as a farmhouse ale or chocolate stout by Edible Door magazine’s in-house  chef, Terri Milligan, has cold weather football and Wisconsin written all over it.


curried chicken sliders
The Fitchen for Edible Indy
Curried BBQ Chicken Sliders
These chicken sliders are made with curry for a tasty twist.  The chicken salad combines a traditional British favorite with sweet and smoky flavors in the sliders, topped off with small ciabatta rolls. Plus, they’re easy to keep warm in the crockpot when heading to the game.


Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Voyageur Press

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce
This sauce is about as far from authentic as you get but a tailgating crowd pleaser. The sauce starts out sweet, but the finish is all chipotle. And the rich, smoky flavor ripens the longer you leave the sauce in the bottle. Smear it on burgers, chicken—you name it.


chili lime wings
Fair Winds Press

Chili Lime Wings
The sweet, spicy, tangy sauce with a refreshing hint of lime gives these wings a distinct flavor that will keep them in your game day lineup for years to come.


sweet potato and black bean chili
Alyssa Valletta for Edible Nashville

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
This vegetarian chili takes perfectly to a host of other ingredients. Saute the onion in bacon for a smoky, meaty version or add chicken, beef or pork.