You can find good breakfast food at all hours of the day. Restaurants like Waffle House and IHOP have made it their signature dishes. Since tailgate food is all about comfort food, why not bring the breakfast to your next tailgate adventure too? Sliders are easy and portable so skip the forks and plates with perfect ham, egg, and cheese miniature sandwiches.
More NFL games are played overseas now than ever in the past. Already having a regular schedule to play in London each season, professional football games are now in Mexico City and the league currently scouts for new venues such as Germany.
College football takes place across the country, including Hawaii where the time zone varies as much as six hours if your team lies on the east coast. This dispersion of game locations means having the flexibility to change up your tailgate food can keep all party goers satisfied.
Dragging a skillet and carton of eggs to the game is both inconvenient and taunting Fate. Raw, broken eggs in your car would be a serious cleanup job. The great thing about these sliders is they can be fully prepared the night before the game. This is a perfect option for those early drives to an all-day tailgating party or just the early bird game.
Materials and Ingredients
Here is everything you need to construct super yummy game day breakfast sliders:
- A deep, disposable aluminum foil pan (9” x 13”)
- Some great ones even come with plastic lids for extra easy transport to the game!
- Deli sliced ham
- Get specialty ham sliced at the counter or purchase a 9 oz package of your favorite brand
- 1 package of dinner rolls (12-count)
- Sliced cheese
- Pick your favorite! For a little spice, try pepper jack cheese instead of American or Cheddar.
- 6 eggs
- 1 stick of butter (don’t worry, you are not using the whole stick)
This recipe yields twelve single slider servings. These ham, egg and cheese sandwiches are so easy to make, have the kids jump in and help out. Not only is it fun, but they will be thrilled to watch guests chowing down on a dish they created. Maybe in the future, try delegating the sliders to them, and that’s one less prep for you! Step by step, here you go:
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
- Coat (or have one of the kids do the coating) the foil dish with butter
- This is easiest using a stick of butter. Just open one end and use it as a glue stick to coat the entire bottom of the dish
- Slice the dinner rolls in half lengthwise, so you have a top and bottom like a sandwich.
- Lay the bottom half the rolls in the bottom of the pan. This should cover the entire dish without stacking the bread.
- Place the slices of deli ham in an even layer over the buns. Deli ham is perfect because it provides nice layers where the cheese can melt into the crevices.
- Not too thick! You still have eggs and cheese to add so don’t crazy with the meat just yet.
- Set your skillet over medium and scramble all six eggs to your desired texture.
- Add a tablespoon of butter for a little extra flavor.
- When the eggs are done, spread them evenly over the cheese until covered.
- When working with deli ham, you may want to add another single layer of ham or cheese on top of the eggs to bulk up the sliders.
- Place the top portion of the rolls on top over the entire dish.
- Put the uncovered aluminum foil dish into the oven at 350 degrees. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and awesome.
- Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes
- Cut and serve to the hungry masses
- OR cover and place in the refrigerator for the next day’s game
Before placing in the oven, for wow factor purposes, try making a quick brown sugar glaze.
- ¼ cup of butter
- 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
To try it out, add this in after Step 8:
- Melt ¼ cup of butter
- Mix the butter in a small bowl with mustard and brown sugar
- Stir until the sugar dissolves
- Baste the tops of your sliders with the solution
Then continue with Step 9 above.
Sliders can be completely prepared and then placed on hold in the fridge the night before the game. Then, in the morning while stocking the coolers and gathering your cheer gear, pop these babies in the oven to cook. Nothing tastes so good as warm and gooey sliders ready to eat when the tailgating begins!
Let’s Get Cooking!
Game day breakfast sliders are also good for family functions or as a wake-up treat for kids after a sleepover. Bring them to the office potluck or bake a dish to munch on all weekend. Clean up is spectacularly simple as the container can simply be thrown away, or even recycled, after the party is over – but don’t expect leftovers. Play with the recipe and find ways make it your own with different cheeses, meats, or dipping sauces. Take on special requests and be a hero for the hungry without working too hard.
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