Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
OT: Cold tailgating food ideas
I'll be having a dish of raw leprechaun, topped with Irish (the team, not the poster) tears and Jameson to drink.
Hope that helps.
Edit: Brian Kelly's head looks like it would be deliciously juicy, but that might need to be a post game snack.
a sharks tail, or leg of buffalo, but i usually go with a solid lion heart, but thats just me
I always pick up some lee's famous reciepe fried chicken on my way to michigan tailgates.
I forgot what it's called, but it comes in sixes, twelves, twenty fours or even packs of thirty. It's really cold and comes in all different varieties and from different places like Golden, Colorado or Dublin, Ireland. I always feel great after about nine of them but I just can't remember what they're called.
If you want stuff besides meat, I've been making this amazing corn dish this summer that works really well hot or cold.
Saute an onion in a few tablespoons of butter.
Add a few chopped chipotles with some of the adobo sauce they come in
Add corn from 6 ears. (Husk corn, then holding it upright use a knife to cut the kernels off as close to the cob as you can)
Saute for 3-5 minutes til the corn is cooked. Add 1/2 cup creme fraiche(or sour cream if you must), the juice of 1 lime and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
You can adjust the salt, lime juice and chipotles to your taste.
For meat, no heat makes it tough. Could do chili though that may not be good in this weather. Or if you can just get something to heat food on, like a warming plate or camping stove, you could do something like pulled pork made in the over. Not as good as smoked, but still amazing.
You could grab a few maize and blue sandwiches on the way...
includes my famous "Big House" buffalo chicken sandwiches hot off the grill, with some brats as backup (great items with cold brews). Then the ALL afternoon party ... with something easy to fix around 5:30p. For this game need to have everything packed away by 6:45p ... grab that one last cold brew and off to Revelli to go in the MMB. Cannot wait!
Did a 9 hour tailgate last year at PSU, surrounded by PSU fans and had a great time ...
If you are tailgating at the golf course or any of the other regular lots ... I would bet that another person would let you use their grill. I have let others use mine several times, so you may want to bring something you could cook ... brats, 1/4 pound hot dogs and such. They are easy, fast and don't create a lot of grease (don't do hamburgers on someone elses grill - huge grease) ... have fun and ...
Penn State fans keep a great reputation in regards to tailgating. I've only heard good things.
Seven layer dip is always good. My 7 layers are refried beans, guac, sour cream with taco seasoning mixed in it, nacho cheese, salsa, shredded cheese, and sliced black olives. Configure it how you like; the layers I listed are pretty much bottom to top. Omit anything you don't enjoy.
Don't forget the tortilla chips.
My mother actually just sent me this link. Tons of ideas.
Potato salad, taco salad, ham and cheese macaroni salad, salami and cheese tray, beer.
We hit Zingerman's early on gameday (they open 7am). There is a Saturday farmer's market in the parking lot across the street where you can augment your awesome sandwichs with all kinds of other face-stuffing ideas. No muss, no fuss, everybody's happy.
Subs. I don't know about you but there's a local place that will make a 6 foot sub and saran-wrap it to a 6 foot long 2x4. Return the 2x4 and get your deposit back. They're always great.
I'm assuming you can pre-make some pasta and want something good, tasty, filling, and above all, easy.
Get a couple cans of tuna, some mayo, an apple, a small onion, sme celery, and some cooked pasta. Dice the apple. Dice the Celery. Dice the onion. Mix and profit. Add Cheese if you like. You can also eat it with tortilla chips for a bit of a crunch.
It might sound strange but its super super delicious and requires no grill.
Additionally, other chip dips always work - mixes involving Guac, Refried Beans, Salsa, Cheese, and Sour Cream can never go wrong. If you pre-cook some chicken or ground beef you can add that too. This only requires a can opener, a serving dish, and a bag of chips at the minimum.
When in doubt and are cool putting some more prep in, get some thermoses and bring some hot soup or ravioli - some crock-pots actually can keep a good bit warm for a long time even unplugged if you have a really big crew - and move on. I've done crock pots with spaghetti sauce, sweedish meatballs, Beef stew, chili, and pulled pork. Not all is really standard tailgate food, sure, but on those colder days works great if you don't have a car that can bring the grill to the game. Especially with biscuits. If you have your car you can get a plug adapter from radio shack and it will keep your food going all day.
This stuff works great even if you have a grill. The proper way I will always maintain to grill at a tailgate is on charcoal, and that can take a bit to heat up, so having the proper supplementary food - especially on a cold day - can make that morning a lot more positive. Cuts down on the gameday workload too, since a lot of that kind of stuff you can prepare overnight.
Good luck and enjoy the party - Go Blue / Beat Irish
As far as the crockpot goes, not necessarily for this weekend, unless someone wants warm dip or a warm side dish, but we've even brought soup. Once the weather trends cooler still, another chili thread will pop up, and we can input our great ideas there. (Our crockpot chili is actually a Betty Crocker recipe online, and we use disposable bags that also keep stuff inside the pot, and make clean up super easy.) We also use a DieHard jump start battery (the largest capacity one has two a/c outlets, and enough capacity to fire our blender, and keeps the crockpot running for a couple/few hours on "warm." YMMV.
For cold foods, we're all about dips and chips, guac, pico, salsa, french onion dip. The cold KFC fried chicken and deli tray (corned beef, turkey, ham, fresh rye) will be a part of a future tailgate.
Do a spread with deli meats, cheeses and various condiments and experiment with sandwich combinations. That's worked for me before, so long as everyone eats all the mayo before it becomes suspiciously warm.
Olives, cheese, wine..
Preferaby from Plum Market for the olives.
Trader joes has a pretty good pesto sauce in a glass bottle
you can boil some bowtie pasta dump in the pesto sauce and a few sun dried tomatoes and you have a pretty good side dish.
top it with a little shaved parm.
all you have to know how to do is boil water
My grandma can be thanked for this gem. it's just sliced ham with cream cheese around a pickle chunk. Resembles sushi.
Hoagies(or Hokies if you add extra meat!) and a tray of polish roses(corned beef w/cream cheese wrapped around those green onions with the stem on them)
Wash down with several beers of your choice and you'll be a happy man, however your breath will indeed stop a parade so be warned.
Man, good memories! From the way back machine, when I was living in West Quad as a soph, went to a bud from 2nd floor family tailgate...his mom made something similar...green onion with cream cheese with ham or salami or prosciutto...whatever the meat was, memorable...AND delicious!
Kudos to both of you!
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