With Labor Day weekend marking the beginning of football season football fans everywhere prepared for tailgating season. 16 teams playing a combined 256 games over the course of a 17 week period. That’s a lot of tailgating ya’ll! If anything can be said about Michiganders it’s that we have never given up on our team. We haven’t had a winning in over a decade since 2000 when Bobby Ross was head coach (Gary Moeller took over midseason). Even then we just barely squeaked by with a .563 percentage. But that doesn’t keep us from starting each season hopeful. From showing up ready to tailgate like winners.

4 Tips for Easier Tailgating

Chill Everything!

Placing room temperature ingredients and condiments in your cooler with ice is counter intuitive. Instead, chill everything before it goes in the cooler!

Pre-Package Your Meats

Place kabobs on the skewers the night before. Or if you’re having burgers patty them up and wrap them in cling wrap or wax paper. 

Use a Cardboard Box For Trash

Line a cardboard box with a trash bag and keep it on hand for easily bagging up trash. Decorate it in your rival teams colors and your tailgaters will know exactly what it’s for. 

A Toolbox is Perfect for Organizing

Keep your grilling accessories like spatulas, tongs and basting brushes in the main compartment of the toolbox. Store accessories like condiments, baggies and toothpicks in the drawers below. 

Also read:  BBQ Recipe: How to Grill Pizza

Unfortunately, even the most diehard tailgaters are sometimes caught by inclement weather. Today’s game featured temperatures blow freezing and a flurry of snow. There is no shame in tapping out to cuddle around the TV while we cheered on the Lions against the Cardinals today. This gave me a chance create some new recipes, because as we know 50% of tailgating is the food! Today I whipped up these delicious Bacon and Spinach Goat Cheese Bites. 

Easy Superbowl Recipe: Bacon and Spinach Goat Cheese Bites

Bacon and Goat Cheese Bites

Ingredients

3/4 Cup Fresh Spinach

6 oz Goat Cheese

5 Pieces Pre-Cooked Bacon

1 pack Fillo Shells (15)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Finely chop fresh spinach and bacon. Mix together spinach, bacon and goat cheese with a fork. Generously fill fillo shells with mixture. Place in the heated oven for about 10 minutes until the mixture is warmed thru. Tip: Place any extra in a mini pie tin and warm. Spread over crackers.

Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 12 min | Serves 5

Serving Size is enough for each person to have three but trust me when I say to double this recipe. These things flew off the plates faster than hotcakes!

 

25 comments

  1. I’m pinning. I have a recipe for goat cheese that I think these would be a great inspiration for. I’m going to play around with it but I love the base you provided.

    BTW, total cute idea to decorate a trashcan with rival colors. I need to try it.

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