One of the things I love most about camping is the smell of breakfast cooking in the morning. We usually wake up groggy after a late night spent by the campfire. Opa is always up earlier than anyone else and by the time I roll out of my sleeping bag, he has the fire going and water heating for coffee or hot chocolate.
My Hungry Man Breakfast will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings!
I typically make Hungry Man Breakfast in an iron skillet that has a lid or in my Dutch Oven because you will want to be able to cover it for short period of time in order to cook the eggs and melt the cheese. This is basically a casserole, made with layers of cooked sausage, bell peppers, hash browns, eggs and cheese. You can eat it on a plate with a fork or if you like, you can spoon it into tortillas, hit it with a little Tabasco and make an awesome breakfast burrito out of it.
To make my Hungry Man Breakfast you will want to get your fire going and have a grate or level place to set your Dutch Oven. I either cook this directly over the campfire or on my portable Camp Chef Stove. The first thing you will want to do is get the sausage cooking in the pot. Break up the sausage into smaller pieces as it cooks adding the chopped, green bell pepper to the sausage so they cook together for a few minutes. Remove the sausage and peppers from the pot when the sausage is no longer pink, then set aside and cover with foil to keep warm.
I can’t think of anything better to eat while sitting around the morning campfire, than Hungry Man Breakfast!!
There will be sausage fat left in the bottom of the Dutch oven, add the hash brown potatoes to this fat and cook. Season potatoes with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally so as not to burn the potatoes, but you want them soft and cooked. Meanwhile, crack your eggs into a bowl and stir them until the whites and yolks are mixed well. Season with salt and pepper. Now, press the hash browns down until they are flattened. Sprinkle the cooked sausage and peppers back on top of the potatoes. Pour the raw egg mixture over the sausage and peppers and sprinkle with shredded, cheddar cheese and place the lid back on for approximately 20 minutes or until eggs are cooked and the cheese is melted.
Hungry Man Breakfast
- 2 pounds grated, frozen, hash browned potatoes
- 2 pounds breakfast sausage
- 8 large beaten, eggs
- 2-3 cups shredded, cheddar cheese
- Place a 10-12 inch Dutch oven over hot coals, fry the breakfast sausage and green peppers in the Dutch oven. Break sausage up into smaller pieces as it cooks.
- Remove sausage and peppers when sausage is no longer pink. Cover to keep warm.
- Add hash browned potatoes to sausage fat and cook until soft, then flatten out along bottom of Dutch oven.
- Sprinkle the sausage and peppers over the top of the potatoes. Pour the beaten eggs over the sausage mixture, then sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
- Place lid on Dutch oven for about 20 minutes or until eggs are set.
- **You will need about 8-10 hot coals under the Dutch oven and 13-15 hot coals on top of Dutch oven**
Like many of my favorite recipes, you can change up this Hungry Man Breakfast to suit your tastes or mood. Sometimes, I like to make this spicy with hot sausage or use bacon instead. I also like to add onions, peppers and mushrooms or omit them altogether. I like the flavor green chilis add and/or the heat from chopped jalapeños. I like to change up the cheese to smoked gouda or Swiss on occasion. Pick your favorites and mix and match to create a campfire breakfast that has everyone lining up for seconds!! Enjoy friends!
Hungry Man Breakfast is our favorite, what is your favorite campfire breakfast?