How do you ‘homegate’ for Bears games?

The tailgating experience is always fun, but hosting a successful tailgate at a stadium requires a lot of work. There’s shopping, packing, travel, setup, breakdown, and I haven’t even mentioned cooking yet. However, many fans get the same tailgating experience, but cutting out many of those steps, keeping the festivities in the comfort of their own homes.

Homecoming is a popular way to recreate the atmosphere of the last game day in your home or in your yard, and if you’re trying to bring the Chicago experience home with you, there are a few special items you should get.

First, find yourself a delicious Italian meat that you can either eat or cook yourself in the crock pot or on the stove. It’s a perfect housewarming meal because you lay out the beef, cut and prepare the French bread rolls, offer some sweet peppers or some spicy giardiniera, and you’re good to go. And bring some Italian sausage to the party for a beef-sausage combo to take your sandwich to the next level.

Chicago-style hot dogs are another great call for your next homecoming party because, like beef, it’s another simple item that will put a smile on your guests’ faces. But don’t just get any dog, get yourself an all-beef sausage of the same quality as Vienna Beef. Not only does a hot dog need a snap to get that full Chicago feel, but it needs to be on a poppy seed bun. For toppings, the traditional Chicago style is mustard, relish, onion, tomato, kosher pickles, game pepper, and celery salt, although some go without tomatoes, kosher pickles, and celery salt.

Ketchup is not optional; It is prohibited.

Another great addition to your Homecoming spread is Maxwell Street Polish Sausage. I love my kielbasa Burnt and split and served in French rolls, but a poppy seed roe is also good. Mustard and grilled onions are all I need, but some game pepper can top it off.

Beef and sausages are a must-have for your housewarming party, not only because they are easy to prepare for a party, but also because they taste great.

All of the above can be found at most grocery stores, so even if you’re not in the Chicagoland area, you can still get a taste of the good stuff wherever you are. But if you really want to take all the work out of your homegate, you can get everything (and much more) shipped to you from the Chicago original, of PortilloWhich ships to all 50 states.

I can’t mention Chicago-style food without failing to bring up pizza.

I know Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but most pizzas consumed locally are tavern style. It’s thin, it has a crispy crust, and it’s cut into squares. But if you have a taste for deep dish or tavern style, many local places will send you for your Chicago Bears homecoming party.

If you notice a theme in my food choices, it’s that I want things to be as easy as possible, but I’ll send you an actual recipe I’ve recently shared that will be a fun addition to your homegate.

Pickle roll-ups were mentioned in one of our recent podcasts (Hopium Den featuring JB and his mom!), so I had to get the recipe.

Grab some deli meats like corned beef or pastrami – but whatever works – spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the slices, add in the dill pickle, roll it up and slice it up. If you want to get fancy piercings with each roll-up toothpick.

A classic Midwestern appetizer is served!

Now it’s your turn.

When you have some friends or family over for a homecoming, how do you prepare for your party?

And I’m looking for some recipes!

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