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30 Tailgate-Ready, Make-Ahead Recipes

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After tailgating all day, it’s time to get up, do some stretches and finish the day strong! There’s no time to be tired (that’s what Mondays are for). With one more game (potentially two) to wrap up Sunday night festivities, there’s still room for plenty of drinks and food to go around.

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Gus wants to help you make fried chicken.
Gus wants to help you make fried chicken. Photo by Julia Gartland

Below, we’ve pulled 30 tailgate-friendly, low-fuss, make-ahead dinner recipes for the win.

bite-size foods

Pretzel for a Crowd
Pretzel for a Crowd
Fried Cheesy Pickles
Fried Cheesy Pickles
Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins by Josh Cohen

Stuffed Pepperoncini

Stuffed Pepperoncini by Hallie Meyer

Patricia Wells' Fake Frites

Patricia Wells' Fake Frites by Genius Recipes

Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chili-Cilantro Sour Cream

Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chili-Cilantr... by TasteFood

The main players

Classic Southern Buttermilk Bathed Fried Chicken
Classic Southern Buttermilk Bathed Fried Chicken
Korean Fried Chicken Wings (KFC)

Korean Fried Chicken Wings (KFC) by ravenouscouple

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken by cynthia | two red bowls

Chinese Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Kale and Apple Slaw
Chinese Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Kale and Apple Slaw
Greens-Stuffed, Cheese-Stuffed Quesadilla
Greens-Stuffed, Cheese-Stuffed Quesadilla
Extra Tender Meatballs
Extra Tender Meatballs
Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan by Nancy Jo

Alon Shaya's Whole Roasted Cauliflower and Whipped Goat Cheese

Alon Shaya's Whole Roasted Cauliflower and Whipped Goat C... by Genius Recipes

6 Game Day Snacks in 1 Humongo, Easily-Potlucked Sandwich
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6 Game Day Snacks in 1 Humongo, Easily-Potlucked Sandwich

on the sidelines

A Case for Putting Salad On Top of Your Nachos (And Eating Them On The Couch)
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A Case for Putting Salad On Top of Your Nachos (And Eating Them On The Couch)
Green Chile and Harissa Chili
Green Chile and Harissa Chili
Miso Mac and Cheese

Miso Mac and Cheese by Posie Harwood

Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

Momofuku's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinai... by Genius Recipes

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans by EmilyC

Stuffed Zucchini with Freekeh Pilaf and Currants

Stuffed Zucchini with Freekeh Pilaf and Currants by Gena Hamshaw

all around sauces + dips

Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce
Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce
Giddy Swamp, South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Giddy Swamp, South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce by Bubba Mac

Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing by Tara O'Brady

How to Make Green Sauce With *Any* Green(s)—and No Recipe
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How to Make Green Sauce With *Any* Green(s)—and No Recipe

good game

A Little Debbie Treat, All Grown Up (With Spiced Brown Butter)
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A Little Debbie Treat, All Grown Up (With Spiced Brown Butter)
Cook's Illustrated's Blondies

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies by Genius Recipes

Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies

Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies by Genius Recipes

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars
Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars
Throw a Top-It-Yourself Pie Party, Never Choose Between Apple & Chocolate Again
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Throw a Top-It-Yourself Pie Party, Never Choose Between Apple & Chocolate Again

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