Fall really means one thing: tailgating. And no tailgate is complete without melty turkey and cheese sliders.
Tailgating is somewhat a multi-faceted word. In general, it evokes the image of sports. Cheering on your favorite team while wearing team colors and boasting to fans about your favorite players and how awesome they will be. But with that one simple word – tailgate – dozens of different ideas and emotions come forward. Food. Friends. Parties. Sports.
Tailgating isn’t just about the game anymore. Yes, the sporting event is the driving force behind the party, but a good tailgate means so much more than just a simple game. It means people gathering together, eating delicious food and cheering on their favorite teams in unison, as one. It evokes feelings of camaraderie, friendship and maybe even a little sassy competition. While tailgating may be simple and sports-related, to me it really means a gathering of friends and family over good food, good drinks and good times. There’s nothing I love more than the fall sports season simply for that very reason.
Gallo Family Vineyards loves to celebrate a good tailgate. They have such a wide variety of wines to choose from, making it easy to supply your tailgaters with a bevy of options. Their mini bottles are perfect for easy transporting to and from games and go perfectly with so many different tailgating dishes. For me, I love a good slider. No sporting event is complete without one, no matter what the form. They are incredibly versatile, able to be filled with so many different things from meats to veggies to cheese to slaw. For my tailgating dish, I went classic. Turkey, cheese, Hawaiian rolls and just a little bit of butter to keep the rolls from getting too, too crispy. Cook them in the oven (or if you’re tailgating outside, carefully over the grill) and the cheese becomes so melted and beautiful. I went with a honey glazed turkey breast because it is my most favorite, from the bottom of my heart. If you want to fancy it up a little, you could try a rosemary crusted ham to add a little something extra to the mix. But no matter what you choose, these sliders pair up perfectly with either the Pinot Grigio or the Merlot, whichever you are in the mood to taste.
Even better, these sandwiches and the Gallo mini bottles are so easy to toss into a container or cooler and be ready for the big game. The easier, the better for a tailgate. Pack them up, head to the game and cheer on your favorite team. Or, if you’re like me, sit in the parking lot and and sip wine and eat delicious food while your sports-inclined friends head inside for the game. They can give you the details at half time.
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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tailgating foods my fellow Sunday Supper friends have cooked up. Between these sliders and the rest of these meals, you’ve got yourself a ready made party!
- Buffalo Chicken Dip by Whole Food | Real Families
- Chicken Thigh Kabobs with Spiced Yogurt Dip by MealDiva
- Chorizo Queso Dip by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms by Casa de Crews
- Grandma’s Brownies by Alida’s Kitchen
- Hatch Chile Deviled Eggs by Shockingly Delicious
- Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Skillet Jalapeno Popper Dip by Life Tastes Good
Game Time Mains
- Al Capone Dog by Palatable Pastime
- Bacon Bleu Cheese Sliders by The Crumby Cupcake
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Quail by Flavor Mosaic
- Brat Burger by Curious Cuisiniere
- Brie Tomato and Quinoa by Family Foodie
- Crispy Chicken Wings by Feeding Big
- Crispy Maple Hot Wings by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Melty Turkey Cheese Sliders by Feed Me, Seymour
- Sticky Sweet and Sour Baby Back Ribs by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
The Victory Celebration
- Apple Crisp in a Jar by Desserts Required
- Caramel Apple Dip by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Double Crusted Apple Pie Galette by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Who says you have to be at the stadium to tailgate? Here are Five Easy Tailgate Food Tips plus Football Party Recipes #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards. Need more tips on tailgate planning? Check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ blog.
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- 6 dinner or Hawaiian rolls
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 3 slices of honey glazed turkey
- 6 slices American cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Slice all the rolls in half and place the bottoms on a foil-lined baking sheet. Tear the turkey in half and place a half on each roll bottom.
- Place a slice of cheese on top of the turkey, then place the roll lid on top.
- Brush melted butter on top of the rolls.
- Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until cheese has melted.