Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast

By J Kate

A hearty, one-pot breakfast of sausage, eggs, veggies and potatoes.

Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast
photographer: Nikki Sheriff
  • 1 pound mild pork sausage

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes

  • 12 eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Build a campfire and allow the fire to burn until it has accumulated a bed of coals.

  2. Cook and stir the sausage, onion, and garlic in a 12-inch cast iron Dutch oven with lid, raised over the coals to medium-high heat, until the sausage is no longer pink and the onion is tender.

  3. Stir in the red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and hash brown potatoes until evenly mixed. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the hash browns are hot and the peppers are tender, about 15 minutes.

  4. Pour the beaten eggs evenly over the top of the potatoes, allowing them to sink into the potatoes. Cover the Dutch oven, and place 6 to 9 coals underneath, and 12 to 18 on top.

  5. Allow to bake until the eggs are firm, about 40 minutes.

  6. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese, cover, and continue cooking until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Calories - 237
Total Fat - 17g
Saturated Fat - 6g
Sodium - 404mg
Carbohydrates - 7g
Fiber - 1g
Sugars - 2g
Protein - 14g

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17 replies

momtheteacher 2016-03-27 22:30:38 -0500 Report

Sounds great as long as you leave the peppers out. I love to camp, and this recipe sounds great for breakfast!

Tuckashea 2014-06-11 08:25:58 -0500 Report

Although this sounds delicious, the potatoes would kill my numbers. I make an egg bake at home that has way less fat and carbs, its very tasty, I use the onions, turkey sausage or Canadian bacon, garlic, spinach, mushrooms, or any other veggies I feel like adding, and shredded Mexican blend cheese, mix it all together and bake until eggs are firm. It is delicious!

ruthie1963 2014-05-13 12:11:37 -0500 Report

my family really enjoyed it. I also took it to church at our Easter Sunrise service it was all gone. My husband said if this is diabetic fix me more I will eat like you have to.

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Richard Rowe 2014-02-18 19:53:38 -0600 Report

This is similar to a dish I prepare with some regularity, though I rarely use meat and when I do, it's ground turkey/chicken seasoned with sage, allspice, and a little cayenne. The cheese is not needed, at all, but I use it for an occasional treat or when we have company. Using a large cast iron skillet, I brown and crumble the seasoned ground meat in olive oil, remove, add in diced or shred new potatoes or Yukon Golds, fry them in the olive oil (might need a little more oil), add the onions and pepper in a few minutes later, if the `taters are diced (just to give them a little more cook time). When they're about done, I add in the garlic for a couple of minutes, add back the crumbled meat and then I add in egg beaters or a combo of egg beaters and eggs… if I've been really good in keeping my cholesterol intake down, I might use all eggs; cover and cook at low temps until the mixture is pretty firm when you jiggle the skillet. You can add cheese, if desired, at this point and it should melt pretty quickly with the lid on. Of course, I always serve this with a couple of hot sauces, but that's my problem, eh? Hope someone enjoys this. It's a work in process and I mess around with spices in it all of the time. If the right folks are with me, I like to use a ground PeriPeri spice that I get from Penzey's, though I was recently give a recipe for home made PeriPeri, so guess I will have to make some to compare to Penzey's excellent blend. NO, I do not work for Penzey's, am not a relative of any sort, nor do I get any compensation for recommending their fine products, when I do mention them.

BerniePiel 2014-02-02 11:46:19 -0600 Report

This recipe sure brings back some great camping memories across the U. S. Thanks for helping me remember a great breakfast recipe that can easily be pared down for two and be made at home with my fave cooking utensil a Dutch oven.

Salatinia 2013-10-26 09:28:37 -0500 Report

At age 70 this brings back fond memories of my child hood when we would go camping every weekend in the summer. this was a very delicious breakfast on Sunday mornings. the only difference was my mom buried the dutch oven in the bed of coals.

TheresaP66 2013-10-23 00:16:10 -0500 Report

If you have concerns about the healthiness of this recipe maybe substitute sausage with lean ground beef, egg whites for some of the eggs and use fat free cheese. Just a suggestion.

Collette75 2013-07-26 15:33:06 -0500 Report

some say this doesn't look diabetic, well if they were actually reading the info on it, they would see it fits perfectly. I control my diabeties right now with diet, no drugs ad I plan on keep doing it so I won't have to use anything. yes it is a little high in fat but it is delicious.