tailgating food shot.jpg

I get asked to share easy entertaining recipes all the time, so today I am delivering with two of my favorite simple party recipes.  These are great for tailgating season, or really any time of the year.  The best part is that they can all come together from start to finish in less than 15 minutes...including cook time.  Score!


The first recipe is my Black Bean Bites.  I actually make several different variations of these, including brie + pear and small buffalo chicken bites,  They are the perfect little bite sized app to have and they taste great straight out of the oven or room temperature, so they work really well if you are needing to make some of your dishes ahead of time.

Black Bean Bites.jpg


  • 1 package of phyllo dough cups (found in frozen section of your local grocery store)
  • 1 can refried black beans
  • salsa
  • Mexi-blend or cheddar cheese
  • pickled jalapenos
  • sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill each phyllo cup with a small scoop of refried black beans.
  3. Top with salsa, cheese and pickled jalapeno.
  4. Bake fro 5-7 minutes.  It just needs time for the ingredients to warm up and the cheese to melt.
  5. Remove from oven and top with sour cream and/or guacamole.


This one is so easy it is almost embarrassing to call it a recipe.  Steve LOVES chicken wings, so I am always looking for different variations on wings that I can serve that are also a little bit healthier.  These little sliders are a perfect game day food and they are perfect if you are actually tailgating at the game because they have the same great taste as wings without the big mess.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders.jpg



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pull rotisserie chicken and toss with wing sauce.
  3. Put chicken on sliders and top with blue cheese crumbles.
  4. Bake at 350 until blue cheese has melted and bread is toasted.




It's game day, and you want to have a few people over to cheer on your favorite team. You've got the beer and know what time the game starts.... now, what are you going to feed the people? Sure, you could fire up the grill, but then you'd miss the game. Order pizza? Good idea, but why not put a spin on that classic game day eat. Next time try these Pizza Kabobs. They are delicious + fun to eat and even more fun to make. Set up bowls in your kitchen with all toppings and guests can stack up they're skewers how they like, bake and enjoy! FYI: Also makes for a great week-night dinner the kids will love! 


  • 3 green peppers, cut into 1” pieces 
  • 3 cups whole cherry tomatoes 
  • 2 cups button mushrooms 
  • 2 cups sliced pepperoni or cooked Italian sausage 
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves 
  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough 
  • 3 table spoons olive oil 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 tbs Italian Seasoning 
  • wooden skewers 
  • 1 jar pizza sauce or marinara for dipping 


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400°
  2. Thread your wooden skewers with tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni and basil. 
  3. Flour your counter top and roll out pizza dough. Slice dough into 1/2 “ strips and wrap around veggies. 
  4. In a small bowl combine olive oil and Italian Seasoning. With a brush, baste each skewer. 
  5. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until pizza dough is golden brown, about 15 minutes. 
  6. Remove and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place back in oven and bake for 5 minutes more. 
  7. Serve with marinara sauce. 


Cauliflower is probably one of my favorite vegetables to roast. Super simple and filing. And always makes a beautiful presentation on the table. *If it makes it to the table. I'm notorious for eating it right out of the oven while it cooks. The best part...the crispy little burnt ends that are stuck to the side of the pan. I call dibs on those. 

  • I large head cauliflower, cut in florets (I also love to use the already chopped bag of cauliflower)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • kosher salt + pepper

Preheat oven to 425°. Mix cauliflower florets in a large bowl with garlic + olive oil + 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese + salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish and spread evenly. Roast, turning with a spatula occasionally, until almost tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and roast another 10-12 minutes until cauliflower is tender and golden on the edges.