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If your team has an early kickoff, there’s no need to ditch your tailgating traditions. There are plenty of delicious breakfast and brunch foods that make the perfect addition to any tailgating party. Here are some of our favorite recipes that are easy to grab-and-go for a hearty breakfast at the tailgate.

The Ultimate Bloody Mary

This time-tested classic is a must-have at any breakfast at the tailgate. Bloody Marys give you the boost of vitamins and electrolytes that you need to keep feeling awake and alert from dusk till dawn on gameday. Knock one back before heading out to the game, or bring some along with you to the stadium lot in a thermos or mason jar. Here’s a simple yet delicious recipe from Ina Garten at

Ultimate Bloody Mary

  • Three large stalks celery, plus extra for serving
  • 36 ounces tomato juice
  • Two teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • One teaspoon grated yellow onion
  • One juiced lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 dashes hot sauce such as Tabasco
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  1. Dice the celery stalks then puree in a food processor until finely minced, but not smooth. Add the celery to the rest of the ingredients in a large pitcher, leaving out the vodka for now.
  2. Pour about a quarter of the pitcher mixture back into the food processor and puree until smooth. Pour back into the pitcher with the remaining tomato mixture, then add the vodka and mix well. Chill either in the pitcher or separate glasses and serve cold. Garnish with a stalk of celery.

Sweet and Savory Boozy Iced Coffee

Another great pick-me-up when tailgating is a cup of Irish coffee. Not only will this help to perk you up after a long night, but it’s also a tasty way to get the party rolling. Here’s a killer iced coffee recipe from that sweetens things up with syrup, whipped cream, and cocoa powder. This delicious drink gives breakfast classics like pancakes and French toast a run for their money!

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  • 4 ounces of cold-brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 ounce of simple syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • One tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Ice cubes for serving
  1. Combine the coffee, whiskey, and simple syrup in a mixing glass or tumbler. Fill the glass with ice and stir.
  2. Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a fresh, clean glass filled with ice. Top with as much whipped cream as you like, then sprinkle on cocoa powder for a tasty garnish.

Simple Sausage and Potato Muffin

While drinks are an essential part of any game day celebration, food is just as important. Without a hearty breakfast at the tailgate, it can be tough to make it through to lunch on game day. This breakfast muffin recipe from is an excellent meal for when you’re out and about. It’s quick, easy, and packed with enough protein to keep you raring to go even after a few beers.

  • Twelve sausage links, cooked and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen hash browns
  • Three tablespoons melted butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • Six eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • Chopped fresh chives or green onions, for garnish
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine hash browns, butter, salt, and pepper. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 greased muffin cups.
  2. Bake the muffins at 400℉ for around 12 minutes, or until the tops are lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and add sausage to each cup.
  3. In another bowl, whisk eggs, cheese, and bell pepper. Spoon evenly into each muffin cup and return to the oven for 13 to 15 minutes. Remove and garnish with chives or onion. This dish can be served either hot or cold.

Snickerdoodle Donut Hole Poppers

No breakfast meal is complete without something a little sweet to complement the sausage and eggs. This donut hole recipe from is a real crowd-pleaser that will have your friends begging for more. A mixture of sweet and savory spices makes for a treat with a complex yet well-rounded flavor.

Snickerdoodle Donut Hole Poppers
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  1. Stir together wet ingredients in a small bowl, including sour cream, oil, egg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup sugar. At the same time, combine the dry ingredients in a larger bowl, including flour, baking soda, salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Whisk the wet mixture into the flour mix until thick batter forms.
  2. Spoon dollops of about one tablespoon into greased miniature muffin cups. Try to keep the batter rounded for a better final shape.
  3. Bake at 350℉ for about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then for 15 minutes on a wire rack.
  4. While the donut holes are cooling, you can make the sugar coating. In one small bowl, place the melted butter. In another, whisk together 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.
  5. Dip each cooled muffin in melted butter, then immediately roll in the sugar mixture. Place on a serving platter and allow the coating time to set.

Breakfast and Brunch at the Tailgate

If you have to head out early on game day, make sure you don’t skip the most important meal of the day. Here are a couple of quick and easy recipes that can make your tailgating party a success. From spiked drinks to sweet treats, there are plenty of ways to keep your guests satisfied until lunch on the day of the big game.

Feature image via Betty Crocker , Other images via  50 eggs (Ultimate Bloody Mary), Pinterest  (Snickerdoodle Donut Hole Poppers)        

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