Football = Tailgate Parties
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Aug 31 2013

Football = Tailgate Parties

It’s that time of year – football is just starting back up and there are sure to be tailgate parties all around.  Tailgate parties are a great way to celebrate and get ready to root on your favorite team, but they can be complicated if you have to follow a gluten-free diet.


Typical tailgate fare consists of burgers, hot dog, brats, chili, dips and desserts, most of which are not gluten-free as they are made.  This is where creativity comes in.  If you are invited to a tailgate party, offer to bring a dish to share that is gluten-free.  Chili would be a great choice as it can easily be made gluten-free and served as a main dish served alongside tortilla chips.  Bring a plate of cookies to make sure you have dessert and you are all set. 

If you are hosting the tailgate, there are plenty of ways to make all dishes gluten-free with little trouble and with no complaints from your guests.  Instead of serving burgers or hot dogs, which require gluten-free buns, focus on ribs, grilled chicken, chili (nachos) and dips (Buffalo Chicken Dip) for simplicity.  Kebobs are a great way to pair meat and veggies and no one will miss the buns! 

If beer is a must-have tailgate beverage, there are plenty of wonderful gluten-free  beer options.  To keep costs down, ask guests to BYOB so they can bring what they like.  Homemade sangria, lemonade or iced tea are also great, naturally gluten-free options. 

Have you done tailgating gluten-free?  What is your favorite gluten-free food to bring/serve?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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