From fishing trips to football games, a number of favorite occasions here in the South call for tailgate-style entertaining. These portable recipes and clever serving ideas help make a day in the outdoors truly memorable.
Successful tailgating starts with tasty food that travels well. We’ve partnered with our sister magazine, Taste of the South, on an alfresco feast that features the best of fall flavors. You can dress this versatile, crowd-pleasing menu up or down for a football game, a kids’ sports tournament, or any on-the-go occasion.
Give the classic sandwich a gourmet feel with a few adjustments to the ingredient list such as Havarti cheese and Caramelized Onion Mayonnaise. Elevate the approach to snacking by putting a Southern spin in the classic charcuterie board with pickled okra and shaved ham. Savvy sealable dishes that double as serving pieces cut down on the clutter, and parchment paper used as plate liners makes cleanup a breeze. Turn the truck’s literal tailgate into an eye-catching buffet area with blankets-turned-tablecloths; add a few trays, buckets, or baskets to create varying heights and textures; and don’t forget the cloth napkins and flatware for that extra touch of casual elegance.
Click through to get the recipes for a memorable autumn tailgate party.