Last Saturday was probably our biggest tailgate of this football season. And I have to say, we did it up – enough so that we won Piggly Wiggly’s Tailgate of the Week. I’m not even lying.
When ECU plays any other North Carolina football team (or South Carolina for that matter) it’s considered a “big game.” Everyone loves an in-state rivalry. This past weekend we went up against NC State and we WON! Not only was the tailgate fun but the game was a good one to watch. Though it was a little close for comfort up until the very end.
We knew we would have a crowd so I started planning our tailgate spread weeks in advance. Since it was a noon game and tailgating started at the early hour of 8am, we planned a “breakfast” themed menu:
Bloody Mary Bar
Build a Biscuit Bar
Bagel Chips + Dip
For the Bloody Mary Bar we had a homemade mixer plus an assortment of hot sauces, celery, pepper jack cheese, olives and cornichons. Mimosas are the simplest AM cocktail: bubbles plus some OJ. We also had an assortment of nonalcoholic drinks and plenty of water that we encouraged everyone to drink.
On the biscuit bar we took a short cut and purchased Bojangle’s biscuits that were lightly buttered and split (and I don’t feel guilty at all for that) along with lots and lots of toppings: sausage patties, bacon, country ham, pimiento cheese, jellies and mustard.
I really wanted to have a bagel and biscuit bar but we realized that not being able to toast the bagels was a problem so we improvised with two types of cream cheese dips and some bagel chips. I made a roasted veggie cream cheese and a smoked salmon dip. I ate my weight in salmon dip!
Oh, and some fresh fruit on the side.
We had such an amazing time with our friends and family.