Breakfast at the Tailgate
Classic Banana Bread
This healthier take on banana bread uses yogurt instead of butter, but it's just as moist and indulgent as classic recipes. This banana bread recipe isn't just easy. It's also highly customizable and can adapt to a number of flavors and substitute ingredients. Banana bread should form a crack down the center as it bakes--a sign the baking soda is doing its job. Serve toasted with a smear of cream cheese, Greek yogurt, or peanut and top with mixed nuts, if desired. You can even customize your bread with a crunchy streusal topping that the kids will love.
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Combine frozen hash brown potatoes with sausage, eggs, and cheese to make a hearty breakfast casserole to serve at your tailgate.
Biscuit Cinnamon Sweet Rolls
Serve up these Cinnamon Rolls for a sweet breakfast treat. Make sure the butter you spread over the tender dough is very soft; otherwise, the dough will tear.
These 3-ingredient Sausage Balls is the perfect finger food for your morning tailgate.
This batter can also be baked as 2 (8- x 4-inch) loaves. (You'll need to increase the bake time to about 1 hour.) Spread the Cream Cheese-Honey Filling on the warm bread, or use as a topping for French toast.
Made with beer, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice, a loaf of this bread is full of fall flavors that football fans will love.
Mini Bacon Quiches
These bite-sized quiches won’t last long on your tailgate table.
Roll Tide Breakfast Rolls
When reader Betty Joyce Mills from Birmingham shared her recipe for scones (she stirs a half cup of sweetened dried cranberries into the dough), we thought they were the best we had ever tasted. Never fearing too much of a good thing, we created eight sweet and savory variations.
Cheesy Sausage Roll-Ups
These southwestern-style roll-ups require just 5 ingredients.
Sausage, Gravy, and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches
This sandwich will rival what you get at the drive-through. Freezing the gravy in ice-cube trays makes portioning easy. For freezing and heating instructions, see below.
Playing off the mass appeal of the perennial party dip, this recipe combines tons of spinach and artichoke hearts with hearty whole-grain bread for an easy, crowd-pleasing breakfast casserole. There’s built-in make-ahead convenience, as the strata needs to refrigerate overnight to allow the bread to soak in all the milk-egg mixture for a creamy texture once baked. In the morning, just let the strata stand at room temperature while the oven preheats, and then bake for 45 minutes. You don’t need to fully blend in the herbed cheese; it’s nice to hit little “pockets” of creamy goodness as you eat the strata.
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
You can assemble this up to four days ahead, and keep in the fridge; then let it stand at room temp for 30 minutes before baking.
Spinach, Bacon, and Gruyère Breakfast Strata
This dish has fewer than 20g of total carbs--about half of what you'll find in classic bread-based casseroles. Greek yogurt, eggs, and cheese pack a mighty protein punch, while a touch of bacon seasons to perfection. The strata is best if allowed to soak overnight. Not only does this build in make-ahead convenience, it also allows the bread to fully absorb the egg mixture--yielding a creamy texture inside, while the top bread pieces get delightfully crisp.
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
This casserole is rich, delicious, and worthy of Christmas breakfast. Gruyère cheese browns beautifully and adds a nutty flavor to the dish. You can sub Swiss cheese if you prefer.
Creamy Brioche and Egg Bake
This stand alone breakfast dish is an upgrade from the usual breakfast casserole. Baking eggs in brioche and heavy cream allows for perfectly set, soft, and runny eggs. Fresh herbs and rich egg and meaty sausage flavors round out this bake and give it irresistable texture. Ask for brioche at your local grocery store or bakery and they are sure to have it.
Bananas Foster Bread
This adult interpretation switches all of the sugar to brown sugar and cooks the mashed bananas with butter and cognac or dark rum. And it's topped with a slightly boozy glaze.
These 6-ingredient biscuits get a spicy kick from jalapeno pepper.
Cheesy Sausage Balls
Everyone will love these easy Cheesy Sausage Balls. To make ahead, cover and refrigerate unbaked balls up to 24 hours; or place in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag and freeze unbaked balls up to 1 month. Bake frozen balls at 375° for 22 to 25 minutes or until done.
Quick Buttermilk Biscuits
It only takes three ingredients to make quick, from-scratch buttermilk biscuits. Fill biscuits with thinly sliced ham, if desired.
Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles
This bite-sized version of Chicken and Waffles is sure to be a fan favorite. Keep waffles warm in a 200° oven up to 30 minutes before assembling.
Overnight Coffee Crumble Cake
Pep up your tailgate with a warm slice of Overnight Coffee Crumble Cake. A splash of bourbon adds richness and umph to the powdered sugar glaze that's drizzled over this homemade coffee cake.
Scrambled Egg Muffin Sliders
Serve up these breakfast-style sliders at your next morning tailgate.
Fruit Kebabs with Honey-Yogurt Dipping Sauce
For a healthier breakfast tailgate option, dip fresh fruit skewers into a honey-spiked yogurt sauce.
Bloody Mary Punch
Instead of stirring all the ingredients together, serve optional shots of vodka on the side, and let guests add it or not.
These delicious sausage rolls are the perfect budget and finger-friendly food to serve at your morning tailgate.
Ham-Stuffed Biscuits With Mustard Butter
Use your favorite sliced, baked ham to stuff into these soft biscuits, and slather with plenty of Mustard Butter.
Try this Southern twist on a classic sandwich combination for an easy-to-pick up tailgate breakfast.
Fried Chicken Thighs & Biscuits
Two Southern icons make the ultimate sandwich, generously topped with pickled green tomatoes and local Raleigh honey.
Pimiento Cheese Biscuit
A true Southern combination, Cornbread Biscuits are piled with a dollop of pimiento cheese, crisp bacon, and pickled jalapeños.
Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake
This moist, pretty cake features your favorite fall flavors--warm spices, tangy cranberries, and sweet maple syrup.
Make these savory muffins for a flavorful addition to your tailgate spread. With only 5 ingredients, the hardest part will be sharing them with your guests.
Old Bay Bloody Mary
Not your standard Bloody Mary, this one derives its kick from Old Bay seasoning, concocted with 18 spices and herbs, and fresh horseradish. Have a variety of hot sauces on hand for Bloody Mary connoisseurs who like to turn up the heat.
Orange and Cinnamon-Dusted Donut Holes
Donut holes should be warm and doughy and coated in sugar. This gluten-free version is just that--and more.
Grilled French Toast Kebabs
Make these breakfast-style kebabs the night before serving, use day-old break, cut each bread cube to include some crust, and soak the skewers for perfect results.
These grab-and-go breakfast bites taste indulgent, but they’re made with whole wheat flour, nuts, and dried fruit.
Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Muffins
Pumpkin puree and seeds give these muffins a seasonal flavor making them perfect for fall tailgating.
Combine crispy candy bits with cream cheese and brown sugar for a sweet, creamy toffee apple dip that pairs perfectly with fresh fruit.
Bourbon and Blood Orange Blast
Introduce a nontraditional cocktail recipe to a summertime party with this bourbon-infused drink. Fresh mint adds a fragrant note, while turbinado sugar adds festive sparkle.
Bacon-Cheddar Corn Muffins
The sharper the cheddar, the more intense the flavor will be in these Bacon-Cheddar Corn Muffins. Experiment with different cheeses to find a perfect match for these savory muffins.
Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Make a hearty breakfast casserole with hot pork sausage, cubed hash browns, eggs and shredded cheese. Top with picante sauce and sour cream for Tex-Mex flair.
Raspberry, Sumac, and Almond Pound Cake
The nuanced brightness of sumac matched with warming notes of almond and jammy raspberries takes a classic pound cake construct over the top and into pure wow-worthy territory. While it may seem like a lot between the batter and the pound cake’s raspberry-sumac glaze (especially if this is a new seasoning to you), sumac—which is the dried, powdered berries of the sumac bush—is a spice you need not be overly reserved with. Given sumac’s delicate tart flavor, a fair amount is needed here to shine within the context of the dense, buttery cake.