Whether your tailgate includes a custom grill setup and team color-coordinated tents or a simple picnic on a well-worn blanket, no pre-game ritual is complete without the spread. This is one party that’s as much about the food as it is about fans and football.
Here are some tailgate ideas to choose from, whether you’re thinking main course or sides. No worries, we’ve got dips covered and even include a few breakfast ideas when you have to plan around an early kickoff. These aren’t recipes, really, but ideas to get you started (formal recipes for these and many more dishes, including midnight brownies and brown-butter coffeecake, are available online at http://www.latimes.com/tailgaterecipes). Many dishes can be prepared hours — even a day or two — in advance. A few, such as the pressed muffuletta sandwich, require advance preparation. Nothing too complicated, just a little planning.
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