Tailgating is one of my favorite things to do all year long. The football games are fun, but it's the party, the socializing, and the food that really makes the season the best time of the year. My family has been going to Husky games at the University of Washington until I was literally one year old. That's when my cousin started playing for the Huskies. Ever since then we've gone to games, tailgated before, and celebrated (usually) after.
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These sandwiches are another amazing tailgate lunch. They are easy to have done before you get to the party and there's always something for everyone. Dig in, dish up, and Go Dawgs!
To make your own, purchase baguettes, your favorite pizza toppings, marinated vegetables, and tomato sauce.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees,
Slice the baguette as if cutting it into rounds, but do not cut all the way through. Fill every other slice with toppings. I like to use salami, slices of fresh mozzarella, and diced black olives in one - and prosciutto, parmesan cheese and banana peppers in another. Marinated red peppers, grilled eggplant, and fresh tomatoes are fabulous inside too. Don't forget a small amount of pizza sauce in each slice as well.
Wrap the baguette in aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese begins to bubble. Immediately transfer wrapped loaves into a hot/cold bag or an empty cooler.
To serve, unwrap the tops of the foil. Instruct your guests to tear off a small sandwich and dig in.