When most people think of tailgating, they think of meat smoking on the grill or a pot of chili simmering, but with sporting events stretching earlier into the morning, fans are expanding their menus to breakfast options. College football games kick off as early 11 a.m. in some areas of the country, so fans wanting to tailgate need new options, and dishes featuring eggs fit the bill.
Try these bacon and egg quesadillas before a game with an early kickoff or any of these breakfast tailgating recipes. “Coolers” can be used to keep food warm. Wrap warm cooked food in foil and place in cooler with a food thermometer to make sure that hot foods stay at a temperature of 140 degrees.
Make sure you keep eggs cold when traveling, whether cooked or raw. Temperature fluctuation is critical to safety. After eggs are refrigerated, it is important that they stay that way. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the growth of bacteria. If transporting eggs that were refrigerated keep the cooler at 45 F or colder. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out for more than 2 hours.
Play it safe and discard any food left out for over 2 hours. Happy tailgating and Go Team!