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Tailgate Food: 32 Recipe Ideas to Make your Tailgate Party the Tastiest

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Tailgate Food: 32 Recipe Ideas to Make your Tailgate Party the Tastiest

If match day means tailgate food in your household, you'll need to be armed with enough delicacies to make your trunk the talk of the team!

This pre-game parking lot ritual gathers momentum come match season, so you'll want to make sure you're well equipped with all the best tailgate food ideas to rise to the occasion. 

Whether you want to get your grill on before the game begins or do the hard work at home ready to put on a spectacular spread of bite-size handy snacks or healthy tailgate food prepare to flex your culinary muscles ... here are some of the best tailgate food recipes guaranteed to see your team through, from dawn till dusk.

Breakfast Tailgate food ideas:

Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich

If you've got an early start on match day, keep it simple with these family favourites of buttered rye bread, corned beef, cheese and sauerkraut and the essential side of pickles and you'll be set up for the day!

Find the easy recipe here.

Bacon and Egg Pie

Want a more substantial start? You can never go wrong with bacon and eggs, especially in this handy and shareable pie. Find the recipe here.

Corn Muffins with Chicken

If you love muffins for brunch try turning them savoury instead with a surprise chicken filling. Find the recipe here.

Sweetcorn and Spring Onion Tart

Vegetarians in the crowd? Try cooking up this spectacular recipe with slices enough to go round for all. Find the recipe here.

Potato Tortilla

If you fancy a side of carbs to set you up for the match, try a spanish tortilla and you'll put a smile on everyone's faces. Find the recipe here.

Asparagus Frittata

If you're looking for a lighter alternative try an egg based frittata. This one's with asparagus, but you can toss in any of your favourite vegetables. Find the recipe here.


Hand held pastries are a great way to satiate those hearty appetites, especially when they're as tasty as this. Find the empanada recipe here.

Mini Meat Pies

Try these delicious mini hand held parcels with a rich meaty filling. Find the recipe here.


No one can resist a cream and spicy guacamole dip! Find the tastiest guacamole recipe here.

Bean and Rice Burrito

For spicy easy hand helf food, burrito's fit the bill! Find the bean and rice burrito recipe here.

Devilled Eggs

These party crowd pleasers will disappear in no time when the hungry hoards arrive. Find the deviled eggs recipe here.


Chicken Kebabs

For a healthy pre-cooked hand held snack try these tasty chicken kebabs.  Find the reicpe here.

12 Grilling Ideas

Got your grill on? Find all the recipes you need to cook up a storm here. From chicken wings to tasty burgers, all the tasty recipes are here.

Meat Balls with Herbs

Served hot or cold meatballs are always a sure fire crowd pleaser. Find the meat ball recipe here.

Pasta Salad

Make up a tasty pasta salad before you leave home - the perfect pack up salad that holds it's shape, colour and flavour throughout the day. Take your pick of five easy pasta salad recipes.

Amazing Sandwiches

Keeping it simple? Try making up these special selection of sandwiches, take your pick of 10 amazing sandwich recipes.

Red Cabbage Coleslaw

When it comes to side dishes, a crunch coleslaw always has a place. Find the recipe here.

Caprese Skewers

For some fun hand held appetisers try these mozzarella and cherry tomato sticks that add some fun and colour to the tailgate spread. Here's how to make them.


Chocolate Cookies

Want to finish on a sweet note? Chocolate cookies are where it's at. Find the recipe here.

Chocolate Brownies

Bake up a tray of chocolate brownies to feed a hungry crowd, you can even transport and serve straight from the tin for that authentic home baked touch. Find the chocolate brownie recipe here.

Blueberry Crumble Cake

For a fruity finish try this crumble tray bake with colourful blueberry running through it. Find the recipe here.


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