Tailgating Fun

Awesome Pepperoni Pizza
Awesome Pepperoni Pizza



Game day should be full of good food.

Whether you’re high-fiving everyone within arms reach or sobbing into your $125 “official” jersey, we’ve got some droolworthy eats for you.

So pack your coolers and let’s get started!



Let’s get ready to rumble! Er, feed that rumble in your tummy so you can actually concentrate on the game. Priorities.

Balsamic Roast Beef French Dip Sandwich

Dip or dunk, it’s up to you. (Although we’re all for dunking.)

Buffalo Falafel & Garlic Fry Pitas with Ranch Style Tzatziki

Trying to show up your tailgating neighbors? This recipe will do the trick. Just be sure to make enough to share.

Taco Chicken Bowls

Serve with a big smile and an even bigger bag of tortilla chips.



All tailgating game plans require cheese, it’s just expected… like smeared face paint, spilt beverages, and (hopefully only) temporary lose of hearing.

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed French Bread

Cheese and carbs, what more do you need in life? Hot sauce! Duh.

Sausage Cheese Dip

Bread, chips, veggies, and apples are all fantastic vehicles for this uber cheesy dip. But we won’t judge if you simply go for a rather large spoonful straight to the face.

Broccoli Cheddar Baked Potatoes

Everything tastes better smothered in cheese sauce. You’ll need an ice cold beer (or five) to wash these suckers down.



Finish strong with something sweet! These treats might even score you some bonus points.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Peanut butter and chocolate are best friends forever. Add salty pretzels to the mix and things get even more exciting.

The Best Red Velvet Churros (Baked)

Red velvet cupcakes and cinnamon sugar churros had a baby. And it got the good genes.

Apple Cinnamon Blondies

Every bite tastes like fall dipped in sugar. Amazing, right?


Looking for even more winners? See our entire team of mouthwatering tailgating recipes.

BigOven for Android 5.2 release is now available!

Drumroll please! For you menu planners out there, it’s finally here! With this update, you can now enjoy the following features:



Change dates, servings, and meals in Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, tap “+” and choose “Add to Menu Plan.” Add a recipe or note, choose a date, select a meal option, change servings if need be, and press ADD.  If you change your mind, do a long press on the recipe or note and a screen appears to allow you to make changes. Tap the save icon when you’re done.


Remove recipes and notes from Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, tap the edit icon (pencil) and select recipes or notes you’d like to remove. Once selected, tap the trash icon to delete. Another option is to do a long press on the recipe or note. A screen appears to allow you to make changes. Tap the trash icon to delete.


Create Grocery Lists from your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, tap “+” and choose “Add to Grocery List.” Select the recipes and notes, then press ADD TO GROCERY LIST located in the upper right corner.  Another option is to tap the edit icon (pencil) and select recipes or notes. Once selected, tap the grocery icon and your items will be added to the grocery list.


Share your plan with friends and family

In the Menu Planner, tap the share icon and select recipes or notes you’d like to share with friends and family.  Another option is to tap the edit icon (pencil) and make your selection. Once selected, tap the share icon to send to friends and family.


Marked Grocery List items get out of your way

And for you shoppers out there, we haven’t forgotten about you! Marked items now automatically move to the bottom of your list, making shopping faster and easier.

You can find the update by searching “BigOven” in the GooglePlay Store, or this link.

Happy cooking!

Pasta Pasta Pasta

Cheesy Chicken and Roasted Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Bake
Cheesy Chicken and Roasted Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Bake


Bring on the carbs.

Pasta is insanely delicious, pleasingly cheap, and pretty darn easy to whip up.

So you have absolutely zero excuses.

(We even have a gluten-free option for you!)

Get that big ole pot of water a boilin’…

With lots of salt, of course.



Grab the biggest bowl you can get your hands on and take a trip down memory lane.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Like Great Aunt Sally’s… but probably definitely more appetizing. Throw some peas, diced red bell pepper, or even chopped broccoli in there for some color.

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Super savory and just the right amount of salty. Thank you anchovies.

Grilled Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

So creamy and comforting. Smoked salmon also works quite well.



Cheese and pasta belong together. Just like cheese and bread, cheese and wine, and… well, cheese and life. Are you a lactose intolerant or dairy-free individual? Skip on over to Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese.

Cheesy Meatballs with Spaghetti

Twirl and slurp! Lady and the Tramp know how it’s done.

One-Pot Creamy French Onion Pasta Bake

French onion soup in pasta form. Doesn’t get much better than that! Serve with a crusty baguette. And a satisfactory $11 bottle of wine, as always.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Tortellini

The best kind of pasta is stuffed with cheese and covered in cheese. Cheese squared.



Or at the very least, healthier. Is “healthy” a foreign term to you? These recipes taste pretty good too. (Although maybe not quite as good as that One-Pot Creamy French Onion Pasta Bake.)

Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

Wait, no cheese?! You got that right. This creamy sauce is somewhat magical and very much tasty.

Ratatouille Pasta

Get your daily dosage of veggies and then some. Pasta is your reward.

Veggie Noodle Lemon Pasta with Burrata, Hazelnuts and Dates

Technically there’s no pasta involved, but we can pretend if you can. Did we mention this dish is gluten-free?


Still trying to carbo-load? Head over to our complete collection of pasta recipes.

More Cheese Please

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwich Appetizers
Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwich Appetizers


Hungry for an easy meal or quick snack?

Whip out the bread.

And some cheese!

These sandwiches are crispy, gooey perfection.



Rise and shine! Start your day with some melty cheese.

Fried Egg Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Easy and impressive. This sandwich is delicious any time of day… especially at 2:41 in the morning.

Scrambled Egg Grilled Cheese

Eggs with toast is a classic. Why not smoosh them together and add lots of cheese?

Drippy Eggs with Asparagus French Toast Grilled Cheese

Daintily dip or enthusiastically dunk. It’s up to you. Asparagus not in season? Use chopped broccoli instead.



Substantial enough for dinner. Not that regular grilled cheese isn’t an acceptable meal.

Steak Fajita Grilled Cheese

This thing will surely satisfy any rumbling tummy, including Michael Phelps’.

Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

Put those sloppy joe leftovers to work. The result is arguably 37 times better than the original average Joe meal.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This sandwich has a bit of a kick! Feel free to up the hot sauce if you enjoy sweating while dining.



Gross? Never. Weird? Maybe… but in the best way possible.

Chocolate, Raspberry & Brie Grilled Cheese

Sandwiches for dessert is a real thing. Jump on that bandwagon asap. (Sorry, no ice cream this time around, although you could serve some on the side…)

Avocado, Pomegranate Grilled Cheese

Did someone say “avocado”?! Avocado fiends will go nuts for this sandwich. Juicy pomegranate seeds are an added bonus. Oh and there’s cheese of course.

Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

Just like the pizza, but even more carby and cheesy.


Can’t do cheese? Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches do exist.

Cant’ do bread? Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches also exist.

Can’t do without cheese? We got your back.

View all your recipe notes in one place

See all your recipe notes at a glance

Want to jot notes to yourself about a recipe? BigOven Pro members can keep private notes on recipes for tweaks, who you served it to and what they thought, or other general things you might not want to share publicly.

For quite some time, you’ve been able to jot notes on recipes, and they’re right there on the recipe detail screen when needed.

But sometimes, it’s useful to see them all at a glance. You can now view all your notes in one place on BigOven.com, in your “My Recipes” view. Recipe Notes are private, and not shown to anyone else. You can keep your own notes on who-liked-what, or what tweaks you’d like to make, what to serve it with, or maybe which guest(s) you served it to and what they thought of it.

How to add a recipe note

You can add or edit notes on any recipe detail page, via the web or via the BigOven app. Whatever you enter will sync across your devices.

Edit notes on recipes
Edit notes on recipes on web


On the recipe detail screen, scroll down and click "Tap to Add a Note"
In the apps, on the recipe detail screen, scroll down and click “Tap to Add a Note”


How to view all your recipe notes

If you’d like to view all your recipe notes in one place, head to your “My Recipes” view, and click the (new) Note icon.


Click "My Recipes" then the note icon.
Click “My Recipes” then the note icon.

You’ll see them all in a paged list, most recent first.

View all your private recipe notes on one page

BigOven aims to be the best-loved, most-used recipe app for home cooks. We hope this makes it even easier for you to make something great tonight. Haven’t tried BigOven Pro? You can get a free two week trial today!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

20 Minute Chicken Parmesan
20 Minute Chicken Parmesan


These chicken dinners are all winners.

We’re talking gold medal status.

Don’t believe us?

Cook up a few of these recipes for yourself.

We promise you won’t be disappointed…

If you adore chicken, that is.



Don’t be a chicken in the kitchen. Even cooking newbs can get dinner on the table without breaking a sweat.

Chicken Fried Rice

Why order takeout when you can whip up a batch of homemade fried rice in 15 minutes? Save room for these magical 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies.

Roast Lemon Pepper Chicken & Potatoes

Only one pan required for this easy meal. Hooray for a quick cleanup!

Tom Ka Gai

Aka Thai Chicken Coconut Soup, aka the definition of creamy deliciousness.



Your dinners should always taste this good… as long as you actually follow the recipes. Kitchen whizzes, feel free to add some personal touches.

Skewered Honey-Balsamic Chicken

Don’t forget to have extra napkins on hand… messy faces are expected and welcome.

Chicken Fajitas

Just another opportunity to put your precious bottle of hot sauce to work. Tequila is recommended, to help quench your thirst.

Indian Butter Chicken

Forget about the chicken, you’ll just want to drink this sauce. Serve with fluffy garlic naan, of course.


And More Chicken

If you’re lazy busy and love cooking with wine, these recipes are for you.

Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches

Minimal effort required on your part. Just dump, shred, then devour.

Chicken Cacciatore

A generous splash of wine will do your chicken some good.

Chicken Marsala

Even more wine? Wine not.


Not chickened out? See even more popular chicken recipes over here.

Chicken not your thing? Give this flavorful chickpea curry a try.

What’s For Lunch?

Hummus Wrap
Hummus Wrap


Switch up the sandwich routine.

Funfetti blondies are in town!

Along with other drool-worthy lunch recipes.

(Don’t worry, some sandwiches are in there too.)


The Main Event

Step away from that jumbo bag of potato chips. Everyone deserves a real deal lunch.

Corn and Cheese Quesadillas

Just like cold pizza, cold quesadillas are pretty awesome. Bring along some quick homemade salsa while you’re at it.

Chickpea and Edamame Salad

This protein-packed salad will surely get you through the day, or at least until afternoon snackage time.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Pro tip: toss the dressing in right before chowing down. Because soggy lunches are always a bummer.



Tummy rumbling at 10:05 am? Pack some snacks to get you through the morning. No one wants to witness a hangry outburst anyway.

Blueberry Orange Smoothie

Pour this fruity smoothie into a thermos or even a water bottle. Freeze a few sliced bananas before blending to keep your smoothies cooler for longer.

Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip

Of course veggies are exciting alone, but when you add a tasty dip to the mix, the party really gets started.

Fig Newton Energy Balls

Possibly even better than the cookie. No, this is not opposite day.



Don’t forget about your dessert stomach. You need something sweet to balance out all that savory.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Full of fruit and fiber. Plus sugar… always sugar.

Funfetti White Chocolate Blondies

Adults and kids alike will be jumping for joy when they discover this magical treat in their lunch bag.

Almond Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats

An extra delicious take on a classic. (You won’t even miss the marshmallows.)


Want to munch on more for lunch? We have a bunch of recipes for you over here.


Kid-Friendly Dinners

Easy Tomato Garlic Pasta
Easy Tomato Garlic Pasta


Pleasing everyone is no easy task.

Picky eaters (and all people in general) will love you even more after tasting these flavorful recipes.

Are you the one with choosy taste buds?

You should go and love yourself.



Are you a chicken in the kitchen? Try your hand at these totally doable recipes.

Oven Fried Chicken & Broccoli with Honey Garlic Sauce

You’ll be dumping that honey garlic sauce on nearly every edible substance.

20 Minute Basil Cashew Chicken

Because sometimes you don’t even have 21 minutes to spare.

Chicken Berry Salad

Salads don’t have to be boring. Juicy, sweet berries and protein-packed chicken breast take this green salad up a notch. Toss in nutty pecans for extra credit.



Seafood is brain food. A+ grades are no guarantee, but hey, anything is possible.

Parmesan Baked Cod

Not a huge fish fan? Crispy, cheesy fillets are a good place to start.

Shrimp Tacos

Wash these bad boys down with a thirst-quenching margarita… or a fruit smoothie for the kids.

Broiled Salmon Teriyaki

A little sweet, a little tangy, and a lot of yum. Serve with nutty brown rice and refreshing cucumber salad.



Chicken is just dandy, but meat isn’t always necessary. Save a few dollars by cooking a couple meatless dishes every week.

Freezer Ready Mini Pizzas

Who can say no to pizza? Whip up a big batch when ever you find yourself twiddling your thumbs then simply pull a few out of the freezer when your cheesy carb craving hits.

10 Minute Vegetable Quinoa “Fried Rice”

Requires even less time than ordering take out. Plus, you can use your favorite veggies! We like broccoli, peas, and carrots. Throw some green beans in there for a not so basic veg combo.

Tortilla Lime Soup

Garnish with creamy avocado slices… that’s more of a requirement than a suggestion. If you literally cannot live without cheese, go ahead and sprinkle on a hefty handful right before digging in.


Looking for more recipe inspo? Take a peak at crowd-pleasing dinners over here.


Frozen Treats

S'mores Ice Cream Cake
S’mores Ice Cream Cake


When you’re melting in the heat, even the most delicious warm berry pie may seem a little less than appetizing.

Cool down by savoring a frozen treat instead.

Just be sure to devour your sweet before it melts along with you.



Even more exciting than your favorite PB&J.

Churro French Toast Ice Cream Sandwich

Breakfast or dessert? Does it really matter?

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate chip cookies stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with a hot fudge drizzle. Need we say more?

Frozen Nutty Banana Nibblers

Snack time! Did we mention you only need 3 ingredients?



For when it’s too hot to even chew.

Salted Pretzel Nutella Fudge Milkshake

An epic milkshake for people with an epic sweet tooth. Bikini season is almost over anyway.

Blueberry Banana Coconut Milkshake

Already 98 degrees when you drag yourself out of bed in the morning? This refreshing milkshake will wake you right up. That’s right, milkshakes for brekkie.

Raspberry Peach Cocktail Slushies

Perfect with a side of fresh guac and tortilla chips. Poolside happy hour anyone? Just remember to digest for 30 minutes before attempting to doggy paddle.



Summer just isn’t summer without icy cold pops. Plus, food on a stick is always better.

Watermelon Popsicles

Almost too cute to eat… almost.

Chocolate & Coconut Frozen Banana Pops

This dessert is borderline healthy, so clearly you can enjoy two or five in one sitting.

Cucumber-Lime Paletas

The definition of refreshing. A splash of tequila, gin, or vodka couldn’t hurt. Just don’t be too heavy-handed with the hard A or your pops won’t be able to freeze. #popfail


Don’t have a brain freeze yet? Take a peek at more cool treats.


New for PRO members – Download and backup your recipes

download-recipesWant to make a backup copy of your recipes? You can now download them as a single .ZIP file. Your recipes will be sent to you as a ZIP file of .html files, one per recipe, in hrecipe format, which is an emerging recipe markup standard.

To backup your recipes, simply visit your Account Settings area, click the “Account” tab, and then “Backup Recipes”. This feature requires a current BigOven PRO membership.

Here at BigOven, our goal is to build the best-loved, most used app for home cooks. And well over half our new features and improvements come straight from you. So please let us know what you’d like to see in future versions!