This country breakfast will fill you up, and keep you full almost all day (great for busy days on the farm). Composed of sausage, bacon, eggs, potatoes, and cheese, there is plenty of protein in this delicious breakfast for those hard working muscles.Jump to Recipe
Feeds 4-6 Adults
This easy breakfast skillet recipe is great for a hearty breakfast for the whole family, and can easily be modified to feed more people (especially if you have overnight guests). Feel free to add more potatoes, eggs, and cheese to expand the recipe to fit 1 – 2 more people. If you need to feed 3 or more people, I would double the recipe. This recipe is great for leftovers. Nothing gets me through my workday better than a big farmers breakfast skillet for lunch (as I don’t normally eat breakfast during the work week). This recipe is also great for breakfast burritos. Add some tortillas, cheese, salsa, cilantro, and sour cream, and you can change up the flavor a bit. (Making this recipe as breakfast burritos, is another way to stretch the breakfast casserole to feed more people.)
Cook Bacon the Easy Way
While this can be a one pan breakfast, I find it easier to cook the bacon on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes (or longer for crispy bacon). While the bacon is cooking in the oven, the meat lovers skillet can be cooked on the stove in the cast iron pot (learn more about the health benefits of cooking with cast iron). The bacon will finish about the same time as the cowboy breakfast skillet, and can be diced and added to the breakfast skillet scramble near the end of cooking. The bacon grease is not needed for the recipe, however it can be used later to season your cast iron skillets (Amazon affiliate link). While this method is technically a two pan method, I find the ease of cooking bacon this way well worth the use of an additional pan!
- Sausage – While Jimmy Dean makes a great breakfast sausage, we cook venison breakfast sausage with a similar blend of spices (Venison Sausage Recipe Link). Wild game venison has a lower ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids than pork or beef, which lowers risk factors of developing chronic inflammatory disorders like arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, COPD, allergies, and psoriasis.
- Bacon – The lazy way to cook bacon is in the oven. We haven’t tried to make deer bacon yet, but it is on the list! For now, we indulge in typical store bought bacon.
- Eggs – Farm fresh free range eggs are found to have higher levels of magnesium and beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A) levels than in eggs from caged hens.
- Diced or Cubed Potatoes – One of the easiest vegetables to grow yourself, and can be stored for several months! Avoid the top 10 pesticides on potatoes like Aldicarb sulfate, azoxystroin, boscalid, chlorpropham, clothinanidin, flutolanil, imidacloprid, phenylphenol, thiabendazole, and thiamethoxam by eating your own fresh potatoes. (Check out this potato grow bag, Amazon affiliate link.) For extra veggies, add some green peppers, onions, and red bell peppers to make potatoes o’brien.
- Cheese – Full of vitamins like A, B6, B12, D, and K, calcium, iodine, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.
- Defrost bacon and sausage, and preheat oven for bacon.
- Lay bacon out on cookie sheet (make sure there are sides to the cookie sheet to hold grease), and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
- Over medium heat, cook sausage in cast iron so that it will be crumbled when finished.
- Once crumbled sausage is cooked, add diced potatoes. (There should be enough sausage grease in the bottom of the skillet for crispy potatoes.)
- When potatoes are cooked, lower the heat and add beaten eggs mix.
- Lastly, add cheese and enjoy!
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- 1 large cast iron skillet
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 pound sausage
- 3-5 cups potatoes o'brien (or diced potatoes)
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- Preheat oven while bacon and sausage defrosts
- Lay bacon out on a cookie sheet, and bake at 350° for 15-25 minutes (depending on thickness and desired crispiness)1 pound bacon
- Cook sausage in covered skillet over medium heat, chopping into crumbles1 pound sausage
- Once sausage is cooked, add potatoes o'brien (or diced potatoes)3-5 cups potatoes o'brien (or diced potatoes)
- While potatoes are cooking, beat eggs in separate bowl6 large eggs
- Once potatoes are cooked, add beaten eggs and cheese6 large eggs, 1 cup shredded cheese