According to Google Search, the definition of tailgating is:
1. drive too closely behind another vehicle
2. eat an informal meal served from the back of a parked vehicle
Although I have been guilty of the first definition, it sounds pretty stressful to me! I would much rather spend my time doing definition number two. The recipes posted here are really easy - especially if you skip the dressing step and just use bottled Italian dressing. The antipasto salad and muffuletta recipes are even better if made the night before. Using mason jars for the salad makes it portable.
Chicago Dog Sliders
To make a dozen sliders, grab 12 dinner rolls. I use frozen yeast rolls, but before I bake them according to package directions, I put 3 tablespoons of poppy seeds on a plate and press them into the top of each dinner roll. That gives the slider "bun" the authentic Chicago Dog look.
To assemble the sliders you will also need:
3/4 cup chopped lettuce
3/4 cup finely chopped tomato
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/4 cup yellow mustard
2 kosher dill spears, each cut lengthwise and then into thirds
4 jumbo all beef hot dogs, each sliced into thirds
12 smallish pepperoncini