For some, tailgating itself is overshadowing the sporting event it celebrates. At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we’ve discovered that there is a competitive culinary one-upmanship that takes over tailgating to the absolute delight of those lucky enough to score an invitation. Try walking up and down the tailgating field for a new foodie sensation. There are probably still a few tailgate menus serving up typical sub sandwiches and chips designed as a necessary counterpoint to large quantities of beer served by the gallon.
But you are just as likely to see creative tailgating like the one we stumbled upon at the Michigan State University season opening home game. This resourceful crew featured a huge seafood boil made with shrimp, mussels, oysters, crab, Andouille sausage, redskin potatoes and fresh corn on the cob. Other entrees at this little affair included catfish po'boys, crack spice chicken wings with fried okra and hush puppies. Their Cajun cheese dip was prepared with Andouille sausage cooked in bacon grease and amber ale, which was then tossed into a simmering pot of peppers, onions, and bacon braised chicken and, you guessed it more amber ale. This was all cooked down and added to a thinned creole pepper jack cheese. This entire menu was topped off with a homebrewed craft beer. Yum!
What are your tasty tailgate traditions? Be a sport and tell us in the comments below. We really want to know. Inspire us at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn and we may even go into the kitchen to design a new flavor based on your feedback! In the meantime, make your new tailgate tradition begin with a stop at our store in Old Town to pick-up some of our best flavors for your big event. If you think ahead to your next tailgate you can make a purchase online and depending on the amount you purchase, the shipping is FREE!
Where are you tailgating this weekend? What’s on the menu?
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. We welcome visitors to our store and our website. Enjoy our unique naturally seasoned flavors and vintage sodas, and when you can’t come in person know that we will ship your favorites to you anywhere nationwide.