Saturday, December 25, 2010

Mountain Man Breakfast in the Oven

Growing up, my family's idea of camping involved parking our Winnebago in a Safeway parking lot and going without waste and electrical hook ups for a night. So you can imagine my response when my husband suggested we have a "Mountain Man" breakfast on Christmas morning. I think my exact response was "Huh? I have no idea what that is." His response "You cook it in a dutch oven while camping."

He might as well have said "Honey, it's what they eat on Mars after a long night of Snipe hunting."

Even though I'm a grown up and married to a guy who has an Eagle Scout (still not really sure what that means), we don't camp. We tried once and it turns out that mosquitoes LOVE me and cooking during the middle of a wind storm is pretty much impossible. We grabbed the kids and went to IHOP for breakfast instead. :)

All of that being said, here's my version of a "Mountain Man" breakfast that you can make at home if you have a husband who thinks this is a great idea even though you don't camp or own a dutch oven.


8 Large eggs
1 cup Onion, chopped
1/3 cup Cream
5 slices of Hormel bacon, cut into small pieces
1 package of Jimmy Dean Sausage (can be hot or mild - your choice)
1lb of Frozen Shredded Hash browns
2 1/2 cups of Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees and pour hash brown into ungreased 13x9 pan.
  2. Place hash browns in oven while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. (Should be about 20-25 minutes.)
  3. Cook bacon and sausage until brown and done. Drain fat. Set aside.

  4. Beat eggs and cream until there's a little bit of froth. Add onions and beat a little more.

  5. Scramble eggs and onion until done. Add two or three shakes of salt and pepper (each).
  6. Remove hash browns from oven.
  7. Layer meat mixture and then scrambled eggs.

  8. Top with shredded cheese.

  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  10. Top with salsa, sour cream, or ketchup.

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