Tailgate foods

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2011-04-04 20:11:25 -0500
Started 2011-03-31 06:45:15 -0500

Well, another season is here, tailgating at baseball. We always have the brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers. O.K. community, help me out like you did for the superbowl foods. Only this time, I'm going to be there and not in front of the T.V.

I'm looking for foods, that are easy, to carry and prepare. ( I don't want to carry the refrigerator to the ball park)

I'm going to several games here (all family-there's 15 of us, grandchildren, my kids with their spouses and girlfreind, my husband and me)

We will be grilling out. Maybe, you could offer me foods that can be prepared at home, and taken to the ballpark. Would like the foods to be diabetic freindly, and still good enough for the rest of the family to eat.(Family thinks, diabetic foods are not tasty - talking kids here)

These foods could also, be the kind of foods you take on a picnic, or to the lake. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

53 replies

re1ndeer 2011-04-04 18:28:11 -0500 Report

Want to thank all of you, for all the great suggestions. Had a wonderful time at the ballpark. But, The team lost. But, they still have a long way to go.

Nana Jt
Nana Jt 2011-04-01 20:38:50 -0500 Report

I make my italian salad for most of my cookouts. Use just a little Elbow Macaroni, add lots of vegatables, some olives (black and green) and just put a little Italian dressing to coat and keep it in ice packs to keep it cold. Wha la, a salad that everyone might like.

re1ndeer 2011-04-01 20:28:25 -0500 Report

I want to thank the DC Community, for all of their suggestions for tailgaiting.
I'm looking forward to a great year in Baseball.
Can't wait to make some of these great ideas, I know my family will eat them all up.
Thanks again, DC Community.

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 22:19:56 -0500 Report

Great ideas, everyone, now looking for more kid friendly ideas. Ages of kids, are from 2 to 10. Looking for fun type foods (haven't had to feed little ones for awhile). Thanks, DC Community.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-01 00:00:21 -0500 Report

String cheese, baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, celery,cucumbers, apple slices and oranges. My nieces and great nephews ages 3 - 9 eat these things alt all the family get togethers. I make dips for the veggies with low carb yogurt and the usual dip seasonings. Or use sour cream some times.

dietcherry 2011-03-31 20:45:46 -0500 Report

My contribution to every social get together is always deviled eggs. I use more mustard than mayo (I think mustard compliments the egg more so than mayo) and then add: Tony Chachere's spices & herb seasoning and paprika. Sometimes, throw in some bacon bits or Texas Pete for a little kick! Yum! Hungry now! :)

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 20:55:23 -0500 Report

Thanks for your suggestion. Can you give me a clue as to where you find Tony Chachere's spices, and Texas Pete? I'm from Wisconsin, so I don't know what store may carry these items.

northerngal 2011-04-01 09:44:39 -0500 Report

In Wisconsin, Festival foods carries lots of unusual spices, and they mark everything with nutritional scores. Just watch carbs because they don't take that into account on the scores. Pick n Save isn't bad either. Some of them have better spice racks than others though, so it depends on what city you shop. Spring is almost here!

dietcherry 2011-03-31 21:47:15 -0500 Report

Oh sorry! I used to buy Tony Chachere's at Walmart; now they only carry his creole seasoning there, so I order the spice & herbs seasoning directly from his website. Its really good and compliments any- and everything!!! Texas Pete is a mild and palatable hot sauce. Its ubiquitous in the South; Amazon has it but any pepper sauce will do really. :)

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 22:11:56 -0500 Report

Thanks, I will look into it. Can you give me an idea what's in the spices? maybe, I can whip it up by myself?

dietcherry 2011-03-31 22:21:37 -0500 Report

salt, red pepper, black pepper, garlic, spices (vague, huh), thyme, basil, oregano, and bayleaf. No MSG. I seriously use it on everything-vegetables, meat, soup, sandwiches, eggs, cottage cheese, etc. It says on the label that its great for blackening. Its delish! www.tonychachere.com

squog master
squog master 2011-03-31 19:56:20 -0500 Report

My best friend & I invented tailgating. It's true! When we were 5 his parents got a new car. A station wagon with a new thing called a tailgate. We played on that tailgate everyday & his Mom would bring us lunch out there & we'd sit on the tailgate eating baloney sandwiches & drinking Kool-aid. Such fond memories. :)

He just became a grandpop for the 1st time last Sunday. How time flies!

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 20:52:53 -0500 Report

Really, I suppose you are a little younger than I, but I remember going to a Braves game in Milwaukee, when I was just 5 years old, and since families back then did not have a lot of money, we would either have lunch (for an afternoon game) or supper (for a night game), but back then it was just hamburgers and hotdogs.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-31 21:30:03 -0500 Report

When my parents took us to a Phillies game we always brought sandwiches & snacks with us to eat during the game. Like you said families did not have a lot of money & with 6 of us the tickets were money enough.

2 funny stories for you.

We always bought the tickets on the day of the game at the stadium. I don't know how old I was, but 1 game all they had left were box seats. So we went home. My brothers were very upset. But Mommy said we were not paying for box seats! I agreed w/ Mommy. Why should we pay to sit on boxes? LOL :D

When we were young adults I took 1 of my brothers to a Flyers game. He hadn't been to a Sporting event since we were kids. It was his Christmas & birthday presents. I told him the ticket was for Christmas & the food for his birthday. As we began eating peanuts he asked me what he should do w/ the shells. I told him to put them on the floor. After a few mins he turns to me & says, "You know I just realized something." "What's that?" I asked. He said, "When we were kids & we went to the Phillies games there was always peanut shells on the floor. I could never figure out where they came from. The only thing I associated w/ peanuts were elephants & I couldn't figure out how the elephants got in the stands." LOL LOL LOL :D

dietcherry 2011-03-31 20:40:44 -0500 Report

Why thank you for inventing tailgating! I will think of you everytime Im tg-ing at a Panthers game!!! :)

Dev 2011-03-31 17:50:24 -0500 Report

ok. I have a stupid question. What is tailgating?

i googled and the meaning they give doesn't seem to fit anything to do with sports.

nanaellen 2011-04-02 20:26:44 -0500 Report

I know tailgating is supposed to be sports oriented but Mom and Dad used to call it tailgating when we all went to the zoo or amusement park to even to the beach and we had lunch on the TAILGATE of our old studabaker stationwagon!!! And like a lot of other families their were 6 kids (and usually a cousin or two) and Mom & Dad so we packed everything in a cooler and had our tailgate lunch!! :) OOOHHHH Thanks for such good memories!!!! LOL Ellen

GabbyPA 2011-03-31 17:51:54 -0500 Report

Tailgating is basically a picnic in the parking lot before a game. Baseball, Football....and so on. It is a whole social thing tied to the games. Painting your body in team colors is optional. LOL

northerngal 2011-04-01 09:51:53 -0500 Report

True tailgating was invented by Green Bay Packer fans, since they've existed long before any other tailgators. Remember, they are one of the ORIGINAL NFL teams. Grills, coolers and anything else required for a picnic. At Lambeau, you can stuff yourself just walking through the parking lot because everyone has more than they can eat and generally are willing to share (as long as you are wearing green and gold)ha ha. Even Bears fans!

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 20:48:12 -0500 Report

We don't do the painting part. But, we do the game playing and tossing of bean bags before the game to keep the children occupied.

Dev 2011-03-31 18:08:56 -0500 Report

That sounds like fun. the eating and socializing part. Not sure about painting though.

We had a big screen viewing on campus of the cricket World cup semifinal between India and Pakistan yesterday. Many students had painted the team and flag colors. No tailgating parties unfortunately though. Not many people have cars and no space in NYC, at least not on the campus.

Will think of some picnic recipes and post tomorrow. It seems like it would be somewhat like a picnic or a barbecue in the park.

squog master
squog master 2011-04-01 03:13:18 -0500 Report

Who won the Cricket game? When is the final? I sat next to a Cricket player on a plane once & he told me how it is played. Sounds fun. I'd like to watch the final if I can?

Dev 2011-04-02 16:27:19 -0500 Report

Oh, I am sorry I didn't see this post before. The final was today. India vs. Shrilanka. India won!
My mom called me so that I could hear my father shouting his play by play commentary to no one in particular. and later when they started bursting fire crackers after the big win :)
They would be showing highlights on some of the websites that were streaming the match live and in some time YouTube videos of some of the best parts of the match I am sure.

GabbyPA 2011-03-31 18:13:14 -0500 Report

Pretty much, that is what it is. I bet google just said it was an action of following a car too close on the road. English is so funny.

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 17:21:34 -0500 Report

I'm surprised that I did not get many answers here.

GabbyPA 2011-03-31 17:43:28 -0500 Report

Perhaps when the snow melts, more people will have tail gating on their minds. I don't tale gate, but I do camp and it is kind of the same thing. One of the grilling tricks I do is take a chicken breast (no skin or bones) and put it in a bit of foil. I brush it with a little olive oil and add some baby carrots and season to taste. Wrap it up in a envelope and then pop it on the fire. It cooks in about 20-30 minutes and stays moist and steams the veggies.

Another thing that I like is to take summer squash or zucchini and slice it in 1/2" thick slices long way. Then marinade it overnight in Italian Dressing and pop them on the grill as well. cook until tender and caramelized.

There are some good salad recipes in our recipe section. I had posted a Ranch potato salad that seems to be a hit. If you substitute about half of the potatoes with roasted cauliflower it will cut the carbs and still taste great.

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 20:46:24 -0500 Report

Yummy, it makes my mouth water. I'm going to try the zucchini in the marinade.
Going to the recipe section to take a look at salads I could take along and that they won't spoil.
Thanks, Gabby

jayabee52 2011-03-31 17:24:30 -0500 Report

give it time, I'm sure more will post once they see it here.

I don't answer bc I don't do the tailgate thing. Not much of a sports fan.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-31 07:33:40 -0500 Report

Perhaps cold baked chicken. Drum sticks for the kids. That's always been a favorite of mine at a picnic. And baby carrots. It's been my experience working in the local schools lunchrooms that kids really like baby carrots. You could get one of those cold/hot bags to put them in.

I'm a Phillies Phan. What team do you follow?

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 07:49:04 -0500 Report

Thanks, those are good ideas.

I'm a Milwaukee Brewers fan. (Actually I like all the teams in Wisconsin - Brewers Bucks, and Packers)

squog master
squog master 2011-04-01 21:40:16 -0500 Report

While watching the Phillies game today they advertised that they play the Brewers on 4/18, 19 & 20.

re1ndeer 2011-04-02 04:31:28 -0500 Report

Yes, in Philly. Then, They don't see them again until September 8,9,10, & 11 in Milwaukee. I know Philly is a darn good team. Hopefully the Brewers will do better this year then last. (one way or another I still support the team.)

squog master
squog master 2011-04-02 09:28:55 -0500 Report

Same here. I can't stand front runners. Either support the team no matter what or don't support them at all. Maybe we'll even see each other in the playoffs like in 2008. When does your family go to their first game this season?

BandonBob 2011-04-02 10:12:52 -0500 Report

I am a lifelong Cub fan thanks to my dad. He took me to the World Series in 1945 and little did I know I would never see my beloved Cubs in another. Being a fan forever means I know what it is like to suffer with my team.

squog master
squog master 2011-04-02 10:26:38 -0500 Report

I was fortunate to go to a Phillies World Series game in 1993. Because I was a group leader (when I coach tball I always have a team trip to the Phillies) I was sent an invoice for playoff tickets. All I had to do was send in the money. Unfortunately for me, we lost 15-2 that game.

I think when we have to wait for long periods of time for our teams to make the playoffs, we appreciate them more.

re1ndeer 2011-04-02 15:58:53 -0500 Report

I went to see the '82 Brewers, go to the world series. Now that was the year!
But St. Louis won the series.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-31 19:49:27 -0500 Report

For something sweet you could make sugar free jello jigglers in the color of your team. I'm ready for Opening Day tomorrow. I made my red jello & red Crystal Light. Have the makings for my Cheese Steak. Rita's has 10% off tomrrow if I wear something w/a Phillies logo. Maybe I'll get some red water ice. :D

re1ndeer 2011-03-31 20:43:47 -0500 Report

What a great idea, never thought of it. That would be really neat for the grandchildren. This will be the first time to the ballpark for 2 of them.

squog master
squog master 2011-04-01 00:27:50 -0500 Report

When I was coachig tball I had a team trip to the Phillies every year. A lot of times it was the 1st time for some of the kids. Their reactions & wonder at their 1st tme is priceless.

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