Hearty winter chili from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, perfect for homegating celebrations.

Our Top 8 Recipes for Homegating & Casual Celebrations

Morgan Bergren, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet | 01/27/2017 | Grilling, Food and Drink

Now that the glittering holiday parties are over, there is a more humble celebration that deserves some attention: the homegating gathering. Coming together to watch a favorite football team should be relaxed and simple, with comforting food to match. Not a football fan? We think any casual get-together at home can benefit from a delicious menu that’s easy to execute. If you live in a location with cold winter weather, cooking outdoors on our high-powered grills is a great way to stay warm – and the only way to achieve primal, smoky flavors that deeply satisfy. Read on for some of our favorite recipes for the grill and pizza oven that make tasty accompaniments to low-key events.

Grilled Buttermilk Hot Wings

Brining the chicken wings in buttermilk and hot sauce amps up the flavor while tenderizing the meat. The additional chile rub gives these wings a medium-hot spice level and a guarantee that your guests will be licking their fingers after each bite!

Pepperoni, Sausage, and Onion Pizza

This pizza is a familiar crowd-pleaser with a twist. Combining chorizo and Italian sausage adds unexpected zest, while red onion gives the pie freshness. Hosting a crowd? Make some extra white wine pizza dough and raw tomato sauce, prepare some simple topping ingredients and let your guests make their own personal pizzas.

Kalamazoo Sliders

Our classic slider recipe is a tried-and-true favorite. The cheese is what really sets it apart; a triple cream blue brie called Cambozola shines on an otherwise simple burger. For the absolute best burger experience, check out our tips on grilling the perfect burger before you get started.

Hearty Winter Chili

Our chili is a smoky, stick-to-your-ribs favorite that’s ideal for cold weather gatherings. It’s easy to make ahead and reheat, with no loss in quality. Serve it right out of the Dutch oven it’s cooked in, with garnishes like sour cream, green onions, cheese, and crackers on the side.

Smoky Three Cheese Macaroni

Our mac and cheese recipe is a deeply flavorful, adult-friendly version of the classic. Smoking with apple wood chips elevates the dish. Make it up to 45 minutes before guests arrive and wrap it in towels to keep it warm.

Cedar Planked Shrimp

Cook shrimp on cedar planks in the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven to develop outstanding wood-fired flavor in a short cooking time. Watch the video to learn Russ’s secrets to plank cooking; you can apply the principles to any other meat, vegetable, or seafood in the pizza oven.

Grilled Provolone

Grilled provolone, or provoleta, is an ideal dish to make if you’re already grilling something else over a wood fire. It only takes a few minutes to grill the bread and cheese, and the results are incredible. Gooey, herby, and tinged with smoke, we predict this appetizer will be an instant favorite with your guests.

Homemade Sweet Potato & Beet Chips

When you make chips from scratch, you can slice them much thinner than the packaged version. These homemade sweet potato and beet chips are crisp, fresh, and simply luxurious. They store well in an airtight container, so you can easily make them ahead or make extras for later. 


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