Tailgating Tuesdays: Tailgate Ajar

When tailgating preparation is key! Prep food prior to tailgating, and one of my favorite allies when it comes to preparation is the Mason jar.  What does preparation mean?

It means:

  • Cut veggies (onions and mushrooms for burgers or sliders),

  • Have patties formed ahead of time and seasoned then placed between wax paper so they do not stick together.
  • Have cheese sliced, placed between wax paper, and ready to go
  • Eggs mixed and ready… just shake and pour onto griddle (yes, you can have eggs and bacon wraps thanks to the little griddle…make certain eggs are kept in the cooler with ice and used within a couple hours)
  • Have salad layered into a Mason jar then simply flip upside-down onto your plate…I know what you are thinking, salad and tailgating do not mix but wait….

Here is a great example of a Tailgating friendly salad recipe that even the men will enjoy……

Spicy Buffalo & Blue Cheese Salad

What you will need:

  • ¼ head of lettuce
  • ½ a tomato washed and sliced
  • ½ a cucumber washed and sliced, then quartered, the smaller the better
  • ½ a green pepper washed and sliced into small pieces
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese (any kind)
  • 10 Wheat Thin Spicy Buffalo crackers broken into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Bolthouse Blue Cheese dressing (or your favorite blue cheese dressing)

Makes one Mason jar or two serving


  • Place lettuce in the bottom of the Mason Jar
  • Add tomatoes to jar
  • Add cucumbers to jar
  • Add green peppers to jar
  • Add  cheese 
  • Add Wheat Thin Spicy Buffalo crackers on top
  • Pack your favorite Blue Cheese dressing (Bolthouse has an amazing Greek yogurt blue cheese dressing I like and it is less fat) and add prior to eating.

Preparation is not limited to the main course, don’t forget about dessert! Here are a few yummy recipes that can be made before you leave your home and enjoyed while tailgating.

S’more Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in mason jars

What you will need:

  • 2 graham crackers
  • One package/ two Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
  • 4 tablespoons of Fluff

Makes one Mason Jar or 2 serving sizes


  • Breakup a graham cracker into bite size pieces and place in bottom of Mason jar
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Marshmallow Fluff
  • Breakup one Reese’s cup into pieces and place on top of the Fluff
  • Breakup a graham crackers into bite size pieces and place on top of Reese’s cup
  • Add 2 more tablespoons of Fluff
  • hen place the other Reese’s cup on top!

What you will need:

  • 2 Premade angel food cakes or any individual dessert cups
  • 8 medium strawberries washed and quartered
  • 4 tablespoons Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt

Will make one Mason jar or two servings


  • Add one cake cup to bottom of Mason jar
  • Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt
  • Add half the strawberries
  • Place second cake cup on top of strawberries
  • Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt on topAdd remaining strawberries


But wait! There is something missing from the Strawberry Stonyfield Shortcakes, chocolate!

Follow the above directions but simply add one Kashi Chocolate Soft-Baked Square to the top.

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