Call me a fair-weather fan, but I equate football season with one thing: parties! Whether you’re inviting friends to gather around the tv in your living room, or meeting people at a genuine pre-game tailgate, the common denominator is good drinks and really great food. A lot of you guys have been asking for menu ideas for football watch parties this season, and guess what? It doesn’t have to be greasy. For today’s menu, we’re thinking outside the chicken wing box and serving up a snacky menu full of  simple items that’ll please sophisticates and sports fans alike. Click through for all the recipes, and I’d love to hear in the comments: what are your favorite tailgate-approved menu items?

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Bloody Mary

Pre-game cocktail? Serve your guests this unique & savory take on a Bloody Mary.

Get the recipe here. 


A Classic Negroni

Negronis are one of my favorite classic cocktails. Mix equal parts gin, vermouth, and campari for the perfect combination.

Get the recipe here.


Green Bean Fries with Paprika & Parmesan

Toss your green beans with olive oil, some Parmesan and a hit of paprika for everyone to snack on. These oven-baked green bean fries are easy, satisfying and deliciously good for you.

Get the recipe here.


Baked Mac & Cheese

You really can never go wrong with baked mac & cheese. Comfort food at it’s finest.

Get the recipe here.


Roasted Potato Salad With Fennel, Tomatoes, & Asparagus

Give your potato salad a little facelift by throwing handfulls of fresh summer vegetables like cherry tomatoes, crunchy fennel and roasted asparagus in with the potatoes. Guaranteed to be a hit!

Get the recipe here. 


Jamaican Jerk Chicken 

Let’s be honest, you can’t watch the game without chicken wings, or in this case, drumsticks. To switch things up, try this Jamaican Jerk Chicken marinade.

Get the recipe here.


Rye Chocolate Brownies 

Win or lose – these brownies will end game night on a high note.

Get the recipe here.

2 comments
  1. 1
    Kelly Colchin | October 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Embarrassingly, I actually really love a seven layer dip! Those green bean fries look amazing… will be trying those next time.

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  2. 2
    Gaby Dalkin | October 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    fair-weather fan, party of two! but that baked mac + cheese has me drooling. game on!

    Reply
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