These Roast Beef and Turkey Cream Cheese Sandwiches have a great crunch thanks to the addition of salt and vinegar chips. They’re just one creation that’s possible with a great tailgating deli spread.
There’s no party better than a tailgate party. At what other kind of party is it acceptable to show up in sweatpants and a T-shirt, grab a drink, and spend the whole afternoon watching TV, getting chip crumbs on your friend’s couch, and yelling periodically?
And then, of course, there’s the food. Tailgating food is the best. While a formal dinner party requires everyone eat at the same time, tailgating food is made for all-day grazing. Dips, slow cooker chilis, wings, and finger foods all invite guests to drift in and out of the kitchen, grabbing a plate during half time or a little extra snack during a commercial break. It’s casual, come as you are and take what you like kind of food. It’s stress free for the host and the guest, which is exactly what I need if I’m throwing a party these days.
When I’m feeling especially short on time, I love to create a simple sandwich bar where guests can craft their own deli sandwiches. I load up on cold cuts–everything from roast beef to salami–and stock the fridge with cheese slices and a few blue or goat cheese crumbles for the more adventurous. I line the counters with toppings and spreads. Miracle Whip and Mayo are musts, but grainy mustards, horseradish, and Italian dressing are always nice additions. Then there’s the lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions, and, of course, the bread.
You can’t craft a great sandwich without great bread, and one of my favorites is Cobblestone Bread Co. They make a variety of breads, buns, and wraps. For a tailgate, it’s nice to give people the option between classic sandwich bread, sub buns, wraps, or, my personal favorite, the Toasted Onion Roll.
Once you’ve got all your fixings laid out, it’s time to get crafting. My ultimate tailgate sandwich starts with a toasted onion roll piled high with turkey and roast beef. I add lettuce, tomato, and red onion and then things get a little crazy. I like to make a really simple spread with cream cheese and green onions and use that instead of mayo. It may sound strange, but cream cheese and roast beef are meant to be together, I promise.
And then there’s the final flourish, a smattering of salt and vinegar chips. There’s almost always chips at a party, but you shouldn’t let the dip have all of the fun with them. Chips provide that extra bit of textural crunch and pop of flavor that makes an average sandwich something special.
The next time you want to invite all your friends to camp out on your couch all day, grab some cold cuts, Cobblestone Bread, and chips, and let your guests go to town. You’ll have fun, full bellies, and plenty of time leftover to enjoy the game!