Because nobody wants nachos at 9 a.m.

By Corey Williams
September 19, 2018
Time Inc. Video Studio

In a perfect world, football games wouldn’t be allowed to start before 2:30 p.m. Alas, our world is far from perfect. Some games start as early as *shudder* 11 o’clock in the morning. Early games destroy half the fun of football season. How are you supposed to pack all your eating, drinking, and socializing into the wee hours of the morning?

The one thing worse than an early game is an ill-prepared tailgate. Chicken wings and nachos are fine and dandy at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, but leave a lot to be desired when you’ve just rolled out of bed in your jersey.

At the very least, serve mimosas—nobody wants to start their day with a beer. And please, for the love of all that is holy, be prepared with some sausage balls. Make sure you’re ready for the big (morning) game with some of our favorite breakfast recipes for tailgates:

Sausage Balls

This is NON-NEGOTIABLE. Sausage balls are the most important part of any early tailgate spread. Don’t argue with me about this, because you will lose. For even more fun, whip up some of these Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls.

Sausage, Gravy and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

Like fast food, but better.

Mini Quiches

Five ingredients + 5 minutes of baking = the perfect morning tailgate food.

Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles

These little appetizers are almost too cute to eat. Almost.

Pimiento Cheese Biscuits

Pimiento cheese on a cornbread biscuit, topped with jalapeños and bacon. This is what heaven tastes like.

Old Bay Bloody Mary

This is a classic Bloody Mary, but with a kick.