If you’re one of the millions of Americans who look forward to fall and football tailgating, then you’re likely already making your game plan for the dishes in this season’s playbook.
Of course, I have lots of suggestions and some personal favorites, many of which I have shared in some previous blogs:
- What do Chefs Bring to a Tailgate Party?
- School Fuel: Begins With Healthy Sandwich Recipes from Nino’s
I’ve also shared one of the VERY best Baby Back Rib Recipes on the Planet. If you haven’t tried it, it’s right here:
Today, I want to share some of my recipe ideas for one of tailgate’s best choices for a hungry crowd–one that takes the burden off you having to do so much preparation and cooking on site. You can prepare these earlier on the morning of the event, or in many cases, even the night before.
And that would be sandwich wraps.
Wraps are a perfect fit for tailgates because they’re easily held in the hand, you can cut them into smaller portions to allow your guests to enjoy more flavor choices, and they generally hold up better than regular sandwich bread. This affords you the opportunity to make them further in advance, which again, gives you time for other things (or just to relax).
Now, everybody has enjoyed or made sandwich wraps at one time or another. Many have made a wrap of sliced sandwich meats with lettuce, tomato and mayo or mustard, and no doubt they were just fine. But I’d like to share with you some NEW wrap ideas that I think fit just as well into a tailgate environment. I KNOW your crowd will enjoy these tasty ideas.
Try one of these 7 NEW wrap ideas:
Chilled Chicken Fajita Wrap
The Wrap: Flour Tortillas. White Lavosh or Tumaro’s Brand Chipotle Chili Pepper Flour Tortillas
The Spread: Eat Well Brand Sweet & Spicy Black Bean Hummus & Sour Cream
The Filling: Nino’s Prepared Chicken Fajitas (Gourmet to Go)
The Garnish: Sliced Avocado, Shredded Romaine Lettuce
Grilled & Chilled Chunked Salmon With Smoked Salmon Spread
The Wrap: White Lavosh or Flat Out Brand Italian Herb Wraps
The Spread: Nino’s Smoked Salmon Spread / Dip or Nino’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip
The Filling: Nino’s Prepared Grilled Salmon (Gourmet to Go)
The Garnish: Sliced or Julienned English Cucumber, Shaved Red Onion, Spicy Sprouts, Ranch Dressing, Chopped Fresh Dill
Country Meatloaf Wrap With Egg Salad & Crisp Bacon
The Wrap: White or Tomato Lavosh
The Spread: Honey Mustard
The Filling: Nino’s Prepared Country Meatloaf (Gourmet to Go), 2 Strips of Crisp Nino’s Butcher Shop Brand Maple Bacon
The Garnish: Prepared Egg Salad, Iceberg Lettuce
BBQ Pulled Pork Wrap With Baby Spinach & French’s Crispy Onions
The Wrap: White or Tomato Lavosh or Flat Out Brand Sun-Dried Tomato
The Spread: Sour Cream (optional)
The Filling: Nino’s Prepared Pulled Barbecue Pork (Gourmet to Go)
The Garnish: Shredded, Smoked Gouda Cheese; Shredded Romaine Lettuce; Baby Spinach Leaves and French’s Brand Crispy Onions
Shrimp With Lobster Dip
The Wrap: White or Spinach Lavosh
The Spread: Nino’s Lobster Dip/Spread
The Filling: Cooked, Chopped Shrimp (Nino’s Seafood Department)
The Garnish: Sliced Avocado, Shredded Romaine Lettuce, (optional) Squeeze of Fresh Lemon
Blackened Chicken Breast With Black Bean & Corn Salsa
The Wrap: White, Tomato or Spinach Lavosh
The Spread: Black Bean & Corn Salsa
The Filling: Nino’s Blackened Chicken Breast (Gourmet to Go)
The Garnish: Sliced Avocado, Shredded Romaine Lettuce, Nino’s Chipotle Ranch Dressing
The Healthy One
The Wrap: Flat Out Brand “Harvest Wheat”
The Spread: Cooked, Mashed Sweet Potato
The Filling: Nino’s 7 Grain Salad
The Garnish: Diced Tomato, Shaved Red Onion, Matchstick Carrots, Shredded Tuscan Kale and Baby Spinach. Dressing: Cardini Brand Light Balsamic or Mucky Duck’s Garlic Vinaigrette
Tailgate parties are always fun, especially when your guests are enjoying great food and you’re enjoying the compliments!
Let me know which are your favorites or share your creations with me in the comments below.
Have a wonderful fall tailgate season!