Sometimes you just can’t make it to the football game, but still want to experience the game with family, friends, and good food. So throw a homegating party! It’s like tailgating, but minus the crowds, the cold, the expensive prices, etc. And I’ve got all the tips and details plus some recipes for you below! When I started planning my party, I knew I needed to start with the food planning and have an assortment of different foods for our friends who are vegetarian, gluten free, etc., so I started by picking up a few Veggie Cuisine options with MorningStar Farms Veggie Corn Dogs, Hot Dogs, and Chik’n Nuggets. I also picked up a few packages of MorningStar Farms Grillers Crumbles in order to make an American-Style Vegetarian Goulash recipe. I’ve got the recipe for you below! I love that I can set out MorningStar Farms foods and everyone will be happy because both meat-lovers and vegetarians enjoy their products. Next, I started planning my buffet table. I started by hanging my DIY Football Field Yard Line Bunting. I then laid out my astroturf runner, added my DIY football vases with fresh flowers, and then set out my soda bottles with their astroturf cozies. I then filled my football-shaped bowl with chips and dips.
- 1 lb of MorningStar Farms Grillers Crumbles
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1-2 green bell peppers, diced
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 2 cans tomato sauce
- 1 lb elbow macaroni
- 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Start by browning your Grillers Crumbles in a pan over medium heat on your stovetop in the 1 Tbsp of olive oil along with your diced onion and green bell peppers.
- Then add your diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and minced garlic to the pan and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
- While it's simmering, boil your elbow macaroni to al dente.
- When the macaroni is done, drain it, then add it to your mixture.
- Mix in 1 cup of your shredded cheese.
- When you're ready to serve, top each serving or the entire dish with extra shredded cheese.
I love how this Vegetarian Goulash recipe is perfect for the fall season and is great for Oktoberfest parties or as an easy pre-Thanksgiving dinner when you don’t want to spend all your time cooking in the kitchen (because come Thanksgiving, you’ll be slaving away.)
What is your favorite dish to serve at a homegating party? Let me know in the comments!