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football-tailgate-party-checklist-infographicCollege football season is now well underway. Hundreds of thousands are congregating around university parking lots all around the nation, cooking, drinking, and celebrating with fellow gridiron fans.

It’s easy to throw an amazing parking lot party right at the tailgate of your car or truck. With these easy steps and tips, you’ll have an easy tailgate menu and a good game plan for all the action in the parking lot before the real game starts. So, if you’ve never partaken in the activity of tailgating, here is a handy infographic guide on how to host the perfect tailgate!

Bacon-wrapped Cheese-stuffed Hot Dogs: Ingredients

  • Hot dogs (about 2 per person)
  • Soft hot dog rolls
  • Cheddar cheese sticks
  • Bacon (1 slice per hot dog)

The key to making a tailgate party low-stress is picking a menu that is easy to pull off in a parking lot. That means doing most of the prep work at home. Hot dogs are the easiest thing to make for a tailgate, but who wants to have a boring old hot dog on a bun when you’re supposed to be at a fun cookout? It’s easy to take a boring hot dog and turn it into something special by stuffing it with cheddar cheese and wrapping it in bacon. If you have 10 people coming, buy 20 all-beef jumbo hot dogs. The day before, slice each hot dog down the center (about halfway through) and insert a cheddar cheese stick. Then take one slice of bacon and wrap it around the hot dog. This will keep the cheese inside nice and tight. Use a toothpick to hold the bacon in place if it falls off. Prepare each hot dog and store them in the refrigerator in a covered disposable aluminum tin until you’re ready to leave for the game.

Macaroni and Cheese: Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups medium cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Mac and cheese is easy to make the day before, and this version is even easier than the average version. No baking is required because this is a stove-top version. Cook the elbow macaroni in a pot on the stove per the instructions. Using another pot, follow these steps: add oil and butter to the pot and cook over medium heat. Whisk in flour and keep stirring for about 3 minutes. You want the mixture to turn light brown, but you don’t want to burn it. Slowly drizzle in milk and keep whisking. It will initially clump. You should have a nice smooth mixture with no clumps after all the milk is added. Add handfuls of the cheddar cheese and keep stirring. 6. Add the salt, pepper, dry mustard, and chili powder to the cheese mixture and mix in well. Add the cooked elbow macaroni to the cheese mixture and stir well. Place the macaroni and cheese in a buttered aluminum tin and cover. Store the tin in the fridge until you leave for the game.

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Link source: https://www.fix.com/blog/how-to-tailgate-with-style/

Tailgating Checklist Infographic: How to Host the Perfect Tailgate
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