Tailgating Fun

If you are a football fanatic, then this is your weekend to cheer. Today’s college football marathon will soon be followed by the kick-off of NFL Sunday, all-day, wall-to-wall coverage of all things having to do with grown men in tights running after a ball… and each other.

Do you need another reason to party?

Aside from the traditional game day hype, nothing is more essential to tailgating than food. If you are looking for fun football themed recipes to add to your tailgate shindig, then consider the following:



2 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1 package (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup Miracle Whip

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 green onions, chopped

1 cup chopped pecans

3 ounces real bacon bits

1 slice American cheese


Beat first 5 ingredients with an electric mixer until well blended.

Stir in green onions.

Refrigerate several hours.

Form mixture into shape of a football. Coat entire cheese football with nuts and bacon, so it looks like a real, brown football.

Cut slice of American cheese into thin strips and use to form laces of football on top.

Serve with crackers.



2 cups cold milk

1 package (4 serving size) chocolate flavored instant pudding

1 package (10.75-ounce) pound cake, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3 chocolate coated caramel peanut nougat bars, chopped about 1 1/2 cups

1 tub (8 ounces) Cool Whip, thawed

Green food coloring

Chocolate sprinkles

Plastic cake decorations—football helmets, goal post, football, etc.


Pour milk into medium bowl.

Add dry pudding mix.

Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes and set aside.

Spread cake cubes into bottom of 9 by 13-inch dish.

Sprinkle with chopped candy, top with pudding.

Remove 1/2 cup of Cool Whip, cover and refrigerate for later use.

Add food coloring to remaining Cool Whip and spread over pudding.

Refrigerate for at least two hours.

Pipe reserved Cool Whip on cake to resemble yard lines on field.

Fill in end zones with sprinkles and decorate with plastic cake decorations.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.