With cool weather settling in and football season in full swing, we wanted to help you bring your tailgate to the next level with a few tips and ideas from the Casserole Queens.
While hamburgers and hotdogs are usually a tailgate staple, there’s no reason not to bring something new to the game with a new recipe, or of course, a casserole! Because casseroles are easy to transport, easy to heat up, and easy to serve a lot of people, they are a no-brainer for your next tailgate. Check out these crowd pleasers that will make your tailgate the most popular pre-game party place.
Kick-off with a Kick Casserole
1 ½ cups of dried elbow macaroni
2 cups of broccoli florets
1/3 cup dried tomatoes (not oil pack)
1/3 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons dried basil, crushed
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 ¾ cups milk
1 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese
Cook macaroni. Add broccoli; drain. Set aside. Meanwhile, snip dried tomatoes. Place tomatoes in a small bowl; add enough warm water to cover. Let stand for 10 minutes or until softened; drain well. Set aside. In a medium saucepan cook green onions in hot butter over medium heat until tender. Stir in flour, basil, cayenne pepper, and salt. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add cheeses, a little at a time, stirring constantly after each addition until melted. Stir in macaroni-broccoli mixture and softened tomatoes. Transfer to an un-greased 1 1/2 –quart casserole.
Bake, uncovered, in a 350° oven about 30 minutes.
casseroles are a perfect complement for every tailgate. To go with your game day casseroles, here are some ideas for decorations, drinks, tailgating games, and even some kitschy outfits to support your favorite team.
A great way to incorporate a casserole into your game day menu is to heat up your casserole at home then pack it in a cooler where it will stay warm until you arive on -site. Once there the Queens recommend disposable chafing dishes. They are easy to set up, and the wire frame/holder can be reused and really do a great job at keeping food hot. A sample is at the link below but you can find these at any party supply store.
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Pre-pack food (make a list the night before of items to pack in the morning, as well as items to pick up on the way to the tailgate, like ice.), prepare for weather (make sure you have covers for your dishes, and a place to store things in case of a downpour), check regulations (from alcohol to barbecue pits, check with the school website before bringing these items to your tailgate)
Have a fabulous tailgate while showing your team colors with these easy tips. If you don’t already own your own table cloth and plates with your teams logo, there are plenty of sites you can order them from. Most party supply stores also have paper plates in cups in a plethora of colors, so you are sure to find everything you need in your team’s colors there. Here are some helpful sites:
A couple helpful hints when buying your decorations: First, set a budget. Try to buy items that can be used all season to help cut down on costs. Next, scout out your tailgating spot so you can know how much room you have, and so that you can take full advantage of your surroundings (surrounding trees, shady areas, and good places to set up tables and chairs.)
Since just beer isn’t enough at the Queen’s tailgate, impress your guests with some of these must have beverages for game day:
Even if you can’t dress in an apron and heels, try these sites for retro inspired t-shirts and outfits with your team’s logo
Watching the game at home
Even if you can’t make it out to tailgate every week or your team is playing away, watching the game can be just as fun. Get out your decorations, and dress in your teams colors. You can even set up your favorite tailgating games in the backyard or in the living room.
GO TEAM GO!
The Casserole Queens
Crystal and Sandy