When kick-off is at 1 p.m., your football party probably starts around 11 a.m., which is basically brunch. You should make some brunch-friendly tailgating snacks to go along with your brunch-timed get-together, obviously. After all, when you start drinking that early, you want satisfying tailgating snacks that'll keep you full until long after the game is over. These breakfast tailgating recipes are perfect for fulfilling that task. Plus, most of these seven brunch tailgating recipes can be made or prepared the day before, so all you have to do on Sunday morning is roll out of bed, throw on your lucky T-shirt, set up the spread, and crack open a beer.
Even if you're not hosting a party on Sunday, these breakfast football snacks are great if you're looking for a creative dish to bring to a friend's tailgate or need a break from cold pretzels and semi-stale potato chips with mediocre dip. There are even a couple of boozy football-inspired drinks if you want to take a break from beer.
The best tailgating snacks are filling, fun, and easy to eat (preferably with your hands), and all of these brunch-friendly tailgating snacks fit that bill. All that's left is to eat, drink, and cheer on your team.
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Bombs
You can't go wrong with a breakfast sandwich, especially when that breakfast sandwich is actually a breakfast bomb, packed with bacon, egg, and melting cheese and topped with garlic and butter. This recipe from the Slow Roasted Italian can be prepped the night before then popped in the oven about an hour before game time.
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Not all tailgating food has to be savory or include buckets of bacon (though that, to be fair, is generally a crowd-pleasing move). This recipe for cinnamon sugar pretzel bites from Like Mother Like Daughter are the perfect dippable morning snack for your guests who might prefer the sweeter side of football.
Chicken and Waffle Sliders with Buttermilk Syrup
Although you could make everything from scratch, really, the only two ingredients you need to make these easy chicken and waffle sliders are a frozen package breaded chicken strips and frozen waffles. And you could, of course, serve this classic duo, with regular maple syrup, but this recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff includes instructions for how to make your own buttermilk syrup.
Apple Cider Hot Toddy
As football season winds down, it gets kind of cold, so make a big batch of hot toddys to keep your guests warm and, in a word, wasted. Hot toddys are generally made with tea and honey, but this recipe from Lemons for Lulu uses apple cider for a bit of extra sweetness.
Breakfast Egg Rolls
Is it a proper tailgate if there aren't fried snacks that you can dip into delicious sauces? I don't think so, which is why this recipe for breakfast egg rolls from Tornadough Alli is a perfect brunch-friendly tailgating snack. These crispy egg wrappers are filled with bacon, eggs, sausage, cheese, and salsa, then they're fried to perfection.
If you want to serve up a boozy option that's also an homage to your favorite team, try making Jell-O shots using the flavors that represent your teams colors. So for the New York Jets, that's lime green and white. If you're a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, you could make Jell-O shots with strawberry and apricot. The possibilities for festive color combinations are endless once you've mastered the technique, as outlined on Delish.
Tater Tot Skewers
This recipe for tater tot skewers from Made with Happy is Serious Business. These tots are loaded with cheese, bacon, and come with a ranch dressing dip. It's an easy, hands-free way to serve tater tots that's sure to be a hit with the brunch crowd.