With summer quickly approaching, many of us will come up with any excuse possible to enjoy a day in the great outdoors. Few things are better than a tailgate in the morning sun, whether you welcome summer by tailgating the NHL playoffs or cool off in the dog days of August with a few beers outside of your favorite MLB stadium. Of course, you can’t have a tailgate without some delicious snacks and a cooler full of beverages. Next time you’re outside filling up before the game, consider gorging on these five tailgate snacks you can make from scratch:
1. Roasted peanuts
Roasted peanuts are a ballpark classic, but can cost a bundle once you get to your seats. Luckily, these salty snacks can easily be made with nothing more than peanuts, oil and a little salt. In fact, a roasted peanuts recipe, courtesy of Food Network’s Alton Brown, only takes five minutes of prep work.
Once you learn how to make dough, you can bake a wide range of breads and pastries, including a tailgate staple – pretzels. These snacks take a bit more prep work, but the majority of it is simply allowing the dough time to rise. While store-bought pretzels are fine, there’s nothing better than fresh, warm, soft pretzels served with hot mustard or a homemade beer cheese sauce.
3. Pigs in a blanket
Plain pigs in a blanket are delicious, but there are dozens of recipes available that take this snack to the next level. Buzzfeed compiled 19 different versions of these delicious morsels, including unconventional variations such as jalapeno poppers in a blanket, french toast pigs in a blanket and biscuit-wrapped fried chicken.
Potato chips seemingly come in dozens of flavors nowadays, but you can make your own chips at home in as little as 15 minutes. Whereas most bagged chips only have one distinct flavor, you can play around with a medley of herbs, spices and other seasonings at home to make a snack with bold taste.
5. Hoagie rolls
Another advantage to knowing how to bake bread is that you can make fresh hoagie rolls perfect for sandwiching any grilled tailgate meat. Whether you’re making hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, cheeseburgers or chicken sandwiches, homemade hoagie rolls are the ideal vessel for adding an extra kick of texture and flavor.