Labor Day Brunch: Chicken And Waffles And Homemade Granola

Kick off the long weekend with chicken and waffles

Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

We're going to labor under the assumption that you'll be grilling this holiday weekend. And we've already got you covered for dinner—so what about the rest of the day? Long weekend lounging (and some potential day drinking) requires serious fortification, so whip up this brunch before hitting the pool to enjoy the last of summer.

① Drink: Coffee Flip

This cocktail is like a breakfast you can drink. There's espresso, a whole egg and a shot of bourbon—it's a holiday, after all.

② Main Course: Chicken and Waffles with "Hot Honey"

When chef Joe Sparatta added cheddar cheese to his leftover pancake batter, a waffle-shaped star was born. Give chicken strips a quick dip in spiced buttermilk before dredging and frying them to crisp perfection, then tie the Southern brunch classic together with homemade spicy honey.

③ Dessert: Benne-Seed Granola

Benne seeds (or sesame seeds, if you're anywhere but the South) add nutty flavor to this crunchy granola. A toss in honey makes it just sweet enough, but whether you serve this atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream is your call.