Tailgating Fan Fare Menu

Deli-Fried Chicken TendersFollow this game plan for delicious pregame grub, and watch guests huddle up near the food, whether you're at home or on campus (it's easily transportable!)

Game-Day Menu
Mini Muffulettas
Deli-Fried Chicken Tenders with Jalapeño-Mustard Dipping Sauce
Warm Gumbo Dip
Confetti Pasta Salad
Graham Nut Clusters

Tailgating Tips

  • Prepare sandwiches the day before the game. Place in zip-top plastic freezer bags, and refrigerate overnight.
  • You can also prepare slaw up to a day ahead, omitting apples. Chop the apples. Combine 2 cups water and 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, and pour over apples. Cover and chill apples and slaw in two separate containers overnight. Drain apples, and stir them into slaw just before serving.
  • Just before parking on campus, stop by a grocer's deli counter or the drive-through window of your favorite restaurant for fresh, hot chicken tenders.
  • Rinse gallon milk jugs and use as a spillproof way to transport cajun lemonade. And be sure to pack a separate bag of ice for drinks.

  • Cajun LemonadeDon't forget the drinks!

Cajun Lemonade
Makes about 8 cups


  • 2 cups light rum
  • 1 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (like Tabasco)
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnishes: sugarcane sticks, lemon slices


  • Stir together first 3 ingredients. Add club soda just before serving. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.

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