How to Throw the Ultimate Cheese Lovers Tailgate

Follow these tasty tips to throw the ultimate cheese lovers tailgate! Cheese is a delicious, nutritious food that can be used to make any tailgating or “homegating” menu taste better, and we’ve got some cheesy dishes for you to add to your recipe playbook!

Pregame Grub

Kickoff your tailgate with this Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese or create your own Touchdown Cheese Tray. Find out which type of cheese is right for you — try your hand at mixing and melting different cheeses together to build your own Perfect Grilled Cheese, then throw it in the Air Fryer for an extra crispy sandwich.

Get Fired Up

Did you know that Ohio is #1 in Swiss cheese production? Cheer on your favorite team with a Hawaiian Roll Ham and Swiss Slider in hand. If you’re looking to lighten up your game day menu, throw these Cheesy Italian Chicken Burgers on the grill.

Sideline Snacks

Add some delicious side dishes to your game plan, like these Easy Cheese Quesadillas, featuring a generous helping of your choice of cheese. Kids will love these Cheesy Pizza Pinwheels, perfect for fans of all ages!

Punt, Pass, Dip

Score big with Hot Ham & Swiss Dip or creamy Verde Queso Blanco Dip. Just throw the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and they’ll be ready by game time!

Second-Half Sweets

For a sweet finish, treat yourself to these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake Bites or Buckeye Cheesecake — for those Ohio State football fans!


Perishable foods should be stored at 40° F or below and hot foods should be kept at 140° F or above. Click here for more food storage tips to keep your game day food safe.

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