Tasty Finger Foods For Your Next Tailgate

Tailgates don’t really lend themselves well to dishes that require utensils. So we’ve rounded recipes for foods you can eat with just one hand!

Three Tasty Tailgate Finger Foods:

Photo: An Affair from the Heart

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs via An Affair from the Heart 

You Will Need:
American cheese, cut in small pieces
pre-cooked bacon slices, cut in small pieces
iceberg lettuce, cut into small pieces
grape tomatoes, cut in half

1. Bake up as many Farm Rich Original Meatballs as you desire, following the package instructions.
2. Meanwhile: Cut small pieces of American cheese to melt on top when meatballs are baked.
3. Stack your desired toppings on toothpicks.
4. When the baking time is up, top each meatball with a small slice of cheese, place back in the oven for a couple of minutes more to let the cheese melt.
5. Poke the already stacked skewer into the meatball, plate and serve.
6. Serve with ketchup, mayo and mustard dipping sauce if desired.

Mini Corn Dog Muffins via Hip2Save 

Photo: Hip2Save

You Will Need:
1/2 cup melted butter (or 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
1/2 cup sugar 
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8-10 all-beef hot dogs, cut into 1-inch bites

1. Whisk together butter and sugar. Add eggs and stir well. Add buttermilk and continue to whisk together. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, cornmeal, flour, and salt, and stir to combine. Whisk into wet ingredients in two batches.
2. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray, and spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into each mini muffin cup. Place one hot dog bite into the middle of each muffin cup.
3. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 375 degrees or until cornbread is golden brown. Cool in mini muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving. Makes around 36 mini muffins

Photo: Celebrations at Home

Fruit & Donut Kabobs via Celebrations at Home Blog 

You Will Need:
doughnut holes
fresh strawberries, washed and tops removed
pineapple chunks
8-inch wooden skewers

1. Layer on each item until skewer is full – leave room for a “handle” at the end.

Get into the tailgating spirit with a game of cornhole. (The Lodge on the Trail in West Lafayette, Indiana has a cornhole gaming area on site!)  

And if you plan to drink alcoholic beverages, use alternative transportation to get to and from the tailgate. (The game day shuttle at The Reserve at Athens in Athens, Georgia is a convenient option for residents.)

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