When you’re “tailgating” at home and keeping a lot of hungry fans happy, it’s best to keep things simple. Get inspired with our easy idea roundup after the jump!
–Looking for last minute dips? Here are three easy dips you can make with staples you already have in your kitchen, including Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Dip, Red Hot Hummus, and Creamy Salsa Dip.
–Make your own restaurant-style salsa and guac! Throw in a pint of tomatoes, half a sweet pepper, half a jalapeno (warning: because this recipe is blended, the seeds make it ultra spicy so keep milk on hand), juice from half a lime, salt, pepper, and “chop” in the blender. If you prefer chunky, you can make it just as easily by mixing your chopped ingredients with lime juice and refrigerating until ready to use. And while people are sometimes wary of making their guacamole, it couldn’t be easier: ripe avocado, tomato, onion, lime juice, chopped cilantro (if you like it), salt, pepper. Just mix!
–7-layer dip is super easy. Grab a plate and layer: heated re-fried beans (with a packet of taco seasoning mixed in), shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced avocado (or guacamole), tomatoes, olives, jalapenos, and fresh greens. How can that NOT be a crowd-pleaser?
–Make a big meal out of chili and fixin’s. Celebrate football season by making a batch of spicy chili and serving with shredded cheese, sour cream, and chips for dipping. It’s really easy to feed large numbers this way. My co-worker Kim also recommended an even simpler dish that she enjoys with her hubby on game-day: a layer of cream cheese topped with canned chili and warmed through.
–For some lighter fare, put together a fresh veggie crudite platter: sliced cucumbers, blanched (and cooled) green beans, radishes, broccoli, and homemade dressing. You could also whip up some simply seasoned popcorn: add grated Parmesan and cayenne pepper.
-You don’t really need to do it yourself if that’s not your thing. Our catering department has everything from pigs in a blanket to lasagna to festive cupcake platters. Three cheers for that!