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It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

15 Tasty Tailgating Kabobs For Game Day

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It’s football season so I’m bringing you 15 Tasty Tailgating Kabobs to make on game day! I know that burgers and hot dogs are the go-to for your pre-game cookout, but if you’re feeling adventurous I have some recipes for you!

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Those of you who have been following the blog for a while know that I love skewers! They’re super fun to eat and easier to serve. So, why not have them at your next tailgating party! They’ll make your life easier and your party a blast. The nice thing about most of these recipes is that you can make them before you leave the house, and then warm up when you get to the stadium.

1. Bunless Burger Bites Forget sliders! Grab all your favorite burger toppings, some skewers and hed to the grill. This Delish recipe has you cook the mini patties first and then assemble them on kabobs.

 

2. Loaded Tater Tots You can’t go wrong with tater tots, cheese and bacon! If you want to snack on these before the game you could try cooking them on the grill or just make them ahead of time and warm them up.

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

3. Rainbow Veggies Here’s a great tailgate snack that won’t break your diet. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love grilled veggies!

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

4. BBQ Chicken Pineapple This classic is a must-have at any grilling party. Sweet pineapple, tangy BBQ sauce and savory chicken are one tasty combo!

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

5. Cilantro-Lime Chicken Fajita Hello fajitas! Serious Eats is grilling up some serious flavor with this recipe. Just marinate everything ahead of time and pop them on the grill when it’s game time.

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 



6. Caramel Apple and Brie Who doesn’t love caramel apples in the fall! This kabob version is easier to eat and has a little twist. The creamy, nutty flavor of Brie is such a great complement to the salty caramel and sour apple. For your tailgate party, skewer the apple and brie beforehand and then bring the caramel as a dipping sauce. Yum!

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

7. Steak and Potato Here’s a hearty meal on a stick! Steak and potato kabobs are sure to be a hit at your tailgate party. And don’t let the name fool you, there are mushrooms on those skewers too!

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

8. Shrimp Boil Bring the boiled packets out to the grill with these spicy kabobs. You get all that great cajun flavor plus the smoky char from the fire!

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

Grab the skewers and the grill! These tasty tailgating kabobs are surefire hits for the pre-game cookout.

 

9. Chicken Club That’s right: sandwich on a stick! No need to worry about all your toppings falling out or your bread getting soggy. Just bring some mustard for dipping and you’re all set.

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

10. Gummy Candy So far we’ve got tater tots, burgers, club sandwiches and fajitas on a skewer – why not candy too? The Candy Blogger uses gummies but I suppose you could use just about any sweet that will stay on a stick.

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

11. Rainbow Fruit While we’re at it, let’s put fruit on a stick too! This way you don’t have to bother with bowls and forks and it’ll be a lot more fun for the kiddos. Just make them before you leave and keep them in the cooler.

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

12. Easy Bratwurst If you feel like something other than beef or chicken, give bratwurst a try. This recipe also includes balsamic mustard which would be fantastic for dipping!

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

13. Antipasto Here’s a slightly fancier option just in case you like a little wine at your tailgating kabobs party. These skewers have got it all: tortellini, tomatoes, olives, salami. They’re super easy to throw together and positively delicious!

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

14. Korean BBQ Chicken These Asian-inspired kabobs are ready in a jiffy! They would be perfect for game day. Just make marinate the chicken and slice the veggies ahead of time and they’ll be ready in 5 minutes once you’ve got the grill going.

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

15. Sunshine Chicken I love these skewers for their gorgeous display but they don’t skimp on flavor either. Serve them with some sweet chili sauce (which if you haven’t dipped everything you can think of in sweet chili sauce, you’re missing out!) and they’ll really steal the show!

It's tailgating season! Forget burgers, try these fun kabob recipes at your next tailgate party. They've got meat, veggies, fruit and even candy!

 

If you couldn’t get tickets to the game celebrate good tailgating food at home! Check out these other game-day snacks and crafts:

Posh Piggies Game Day SnacksPosh Piggies are my spiffed up version of the classic Pigs in a Blanket snack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Super Bowl Snacks from Near and Far

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ice Cream Profiteroles is a fancy way of saying "the best cream puffs you've ever tasted!" Use vanilla ice cream instead of pastry-cream filling!

Ice Cream Profiteroles

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Ice Cream Profiteroles is a fancy way of saying “the best cream puffs you’ve ever tasted!” I used vanilla ice cream instead of the classic pastry-cream filling for a summer dessert everyone will love.

 

When I think of one of my favorite, and most impressive desserts, Ice Cream Profiteroles immediately come to mind. I mean who wouldn’t want this in front of them at a summer party!

Profiteroles is the French way of saying cream puffs. Feel free to refer to these little numbers either way, but profiteroles (prof-IT-er-rolls) just sounds so cute and fancy coming out. They’re pretty darn tasty going in as well!

Ice Cream ProfiterolesDon’t be intimidated making cream puffs. These are hard to mess up. Now if I were having you make eclairs or some other fancy, piped pate au choux dessert I’d make you be more technical. But this pate au choux (cream puff dough) is simple and doesn’t need to be piped. Simply spoon it onto parchment and bake.

It’s a cooked dough, so it’s mixed in a saucepan. Melt butter, sugar, water and salt together and add some flour. Eggs are incorporated one at a time. You don’t add the eggs all at once because the flour mixture needs to gradually get used to them, like a slowly cultivated relationship! As one egg is absorbed and mixed in, the dough is ready for another one.

Ice Cream Profiteroles - the processI filled my little baked cream puffs with vanilla ice cream for a classic summer situation. But any flavor will do. Think mint chip! Or strawberry, pistachio or even coffee. All are perfection in this dessert.

I also make my own fudge sauce. I do it because it’s quite easy and super delicious–the recipe is below. If you’re into the store-bought kind I’d suggest this awesome sauce trio that includes a white chocolate sauce!

Ice Cream Profiteroles

Ice-Cream Profiteroles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes about 50

Ice-Cream Profiteroles

I used vanilla ice cream instead of the classic pastry-cream filling. Feel free to experiment with other ice cream flavors.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate Fudge Sauce
  • For Fudge Sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line two baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a small saucepan over high heat bring ½ cup water, butter, sugar and salt to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and stir in flour with a wooden spoon. Continue to stir until mixture pulls away from sides of pan, about 30 sec. Let cool 2 min.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, stirring after each, until batter comes together.
  4. Drop slightly rounded teaspoonfuls of batter 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Smooth pointy tops with a wet finger.
  5. Bake 10 min, then reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 min more. Let cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  6. Cut off tops and fill with ice cream. Put four or five pastries in each bowl and drizzle with warm chocolate sauce.
  7. For Fudge Sauce
  8. Stir together sugar and unsweetened cocoa in a small saucepan. Stir in heavy cream and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium heat; boil 30 sec. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Serve immediately or cool and refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 month. Reheat over low heat before serving.
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Desserts are an essential and anticipated part of any meal. I mean sometimes I don’t anticipate it, I just eat it first. This No-Bake Cheesecake Tart won’t disappoint and it’s gorgeous, and since mangoes always please, try Blow Your Mind Coconut-Mango Pie.

Recipe Tara Bench
Originally published in LHJ June 2011
Photograph Con Poulos
Food Stylist Susie Theodorou
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Marinated Thai Beef Salad gets a burst of flavor from authentic Thai flavors, sweet fruit and crunchy veggies. A summer dinner everyone will love.

Thai Beef Salad

By | Beef, Easy Dinners, Grilling + BBQ, Healthy + Diet, Kid Friendly Dinners, Main Dish, Meat + Poultry, Salads, Spring, Summertime Favorites, Uncategorized, Vegetables | No Comments

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Marinated flank steak gets a burst of flavor from authentic Thai flavors, sweet fruit and crunchy veggies. Arrange on a platter for an impressive, family-style situation that everyone will love.

 

Summer dinners are tricky. You want them to be filling, but light at the same time. This composed Thai beef salad hits both spot on. Plus I love composed salad (salads arranged on a platter) because they’re inviting and served family-style. No fussiness with individually portioned plates.

Thai Beef SaladI marinated flank steak in garlic, ginger and lime juice to really give it some juicy appeal. I’ve called for cooking it in the broiler (it only cooks a few minutes, so the oven isn’t on long), but you can throw it on the grill as well. You do you.

The tender butter lettuce, sweet pineapple, tangy tomatoes and crunchy beans and cucumbers are the perfect salad combo to go with steak. Light and flavorful so nothing is overpowered.

The authentic dressing for the Thai beef salad is a blend of flavors including fish sauce (or nuoc nam). Thai and Vietnamese cooking use it abundantly, and I find a little goes a long way; but it’s imperative to authentic flavor. There’s nothing like it. It has depth

Thai Beef SaladA cool trick I learned the other day about blanching beans: You can actually freeze fresh beans and when you’re ready to use them, pull them out, let them thaw and voila, blanched beans! Here’s the deal––freezing vegetables expands the liquid they naturally hold inside. The cell walls break down from the liquid expanding and freezing (very similar to what happens when veggies are cooked…the cell walls break down and the veggies soften), and the frozen veggies, when thawed are slightly more tender than when they were fresh.

This is the perfect trick to try on this salad! So if you’ve bought more beans than you can eat at Costco (often my issue), then just freeze them! Next time a recipe calls for blanching them, ignore it! Thaw those babies and you’re done. Tender, cold, crunchy beans at the ready.

Thai Steak Salad platedSummer is the perfect time for fresh veggies and tender grilled meats. Other ideas for tasty summer foods that your family and guests might enjoy are my Mini Greek Pita patties with Greek Yogurt Sauce and my mom’s all-time favorite sandwich Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken Sandwich.

This colorful salad has cherry tomatoes, pineapple, cucumber, green onions, lettuce, beens and sliced streak to make Thai Beef Salad by Tara Teaspoon.

Thai Beef Salad

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Calories per serving: 275

Fat per serving: 13.5

Thai Beef Salad

Arrange everything on a pretty platter for a stunning presentation.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 tsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 2-lb flank steak
  • ½ lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1½ tsp fish sauce (nuoc nam)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 head (4 cups) Bibb or Boston lettuce
  • ¼ of a pineapple sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup (5 oz) cherry tomatoes halved
  • ⅓ of a seedless cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions

Instructions

  1. Stir together garlic, ginger, 3 tbsp lime juice, pepper flakes, 2 tsp sugar and salt. Pour over steak in an ovenproof dish, coating both sides. Marinate in refrigerator 20 min.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until just tender, 2 to 3 min; immediately submerge in a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain and set aside.
  3. For the dressing, whisk together 5 tbsp lime juice, soy sauce, 2 tsp sugar, fish sauce and oil. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  4. Heat broiler to high. Broil steak 6 inches from heat, turning once, 5 min per side. Remove from oven and let rest 5 min.
  5. Arrange lettuce leaves on a large platter with green beans, pineapple, tomatoes, cucumber and scallions. Slice steak across the grain and place on platter. Serve with dressing on the side.
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Recipe by Tara Bench & Vanessa Seder
Originally published in LHJ April 2009
Photography Miki Duisterhof
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