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Mountain man skillet camping breakfast recipe

Mountain Man Scrambled Skillet Breakfast
This easy 1-skillet camp meal is as impressive as it is delicious and easy to make.

It has all the favorite breakfast foods; sausage, and/or bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, and cheese. And it is cooked and served in one skillet. Just add hot buttered biscuits and watch the smiles as your campers dig in.

The concept:
This meal starts with frying the breakfast meat(s), then the hashbrowns, and then adding the scrambled eggs to the skillet with the meat and hashbrowns in it. When the eggs are cooked, shredded cheese is stirred in, and the skillet is covered to melt the cheese topping. That’s it! Total cook time is about 25 minutes.
*Also works great in a Dutch oven

Cook time: approx. 25 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6 campers (can be expanded to serve more)

This camping meal is best when cooked in a cast iron skillet, over a campfire. It can be cooked on a camp stove too, but cast iron and campfire cooking just seem to be a natural pair.

Camping cookware needed:

  • Large cast iron skillet with lid (any skillet will work, but a cast iron one works best)
  • A sturdy spatula and large serving spoon
  • Medium to large bowl or pan, and fork, to scramble the eggs

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Basic ingredients: (to serve 4 to six campers)

  • Sage sausage – one 16oz. package
  • Hashbrowns – diced or shredded – one 26oz. package frozen hashbrowns, or two 16oz. dairy-case hashbrowns (like Betty Crocker “Simply Hashbrowns”)
  • Eggs – one dozen
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded – two cups
  • Bacon* – one 12oz or 16oz package (*optional but recommended)
  • Salt & Pepper – season to taste – approx. 1.5 tspn. salt and 1 tspn. pepper
  • *Two tbspn. cooking oil if bacon is not used


  1. This meal is delicious with just sausage, but adding bacon takes it to the next level of greatness.
  2. Keep the sausage crumbly when cooking
  3. Sprinkle some fresh Parsley or Fennel on top of the finished skillet to score a 10 in visual appeal

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Here is a guide to some good choices for campfire cooking gloves.

Steps to prepare this hearty camping recipe: (with bacon and sausage)

  1. Cook bacon strips until well browned and crispy. Remove bacon, but do not drain skillet.
  2. Then crumble the sausage into the skillet and cook, (over high heat), until browned.
    • Use the spatula to chop the sausage while it cooks to avoid ending up with large chunks or semi-patties. You want to end up with the texture of cooked hamburger
  3. Remove the cooked sausage, (do not drain skillet), and set aside. Then add hashbrowns and cook, (over high heat), until browned.
    • *the bottom of the skillet should be covered with the bacon and sausage grease – if not add a little cooking oil until it is.
    • Don’t over-stir these. Use the spatula to turn them a couple times at approx. 5-minute intervals
    • Scramble the eggs in a bowl while the hashbrowns are cooking
  4. When hashbrowns are done, add back the cooked sausage, then pour in the scrambled eggs. Stir once to mix things up, then cover the skillet and cook over medium heat until eggs begin to set. Stir as needed to keep the eggs from sticking and burning.
  5. When eggs are set, and almost done, crumble the bacon strips and sprinkle over top, followed by two cups of shredded cheese – sprinkled to cover top. Cover the skillet and wait approx. five minutes for the topping to melt.
  6. Remove from heat, sprinkle on Parsley or Fennel – and serve.

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Camp cooking is usually a big part of every camping trip. You can “rough it” with just a basic skillet – and a lot of pioneering skills, or you can add the essential pieces of camping cookware that will make the job of the camp cook a lot easier – and the meals a lot more creative.

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Just pop in the ingredients, close, cook over the campfire, and out comes delicious sandwiches, or biscuit-dough fruit tarts, or dozens of other camp food choices.


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Campfire Cooking Grill Grate

A campfire cooking grill is one of the handiest, (and least expensive), pieces of camping gear you can have. And it doesn’t have to be a 30-pound cast iron monster either.

A folding grill grate like the pictured Coleman model works great, isn’t too heavy, and takes up very little space. Even when your camp site fire-ring has a grill you will still find yourself using this one too!


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