How to Throw the Ultimate Cheese Lovers Tailgate

by Tristen Spahr

It’s October, which means cool weather, football games and—American Cheese Month! You can celebrate this month-long event by hosting your own cheesy tailgate. Cheese is a delicious, nutritious food that can be used to make any tailgating 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.

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 and easily transport to any tailgating event!

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!

Tips: 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.

Enter our Cheese-Lover Tailgate Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free grill or Ohio cheese package!

Tristen Spahr

Tristen is the Communications Specialist for the American Dairy Association Mideast. A recent graduate of The Ohio State University, Tristen was raised on a dairy farm in Northwest Ohio. She is a social media enthusiast and enjoys cooking and going to concerts in her free time.

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