This super-hearty breakfast skillet is filled with potatoes, eggs, sausage, cheese, and my favorite seasoning in the world. It comes together in under 30 minutes and is a great way to start the day….or to finish the day by making it breakfast for dinner.
Little Man’s favorite meal of the day is breakfast. When I’m still bleary-eyed from waking up earlier than I’d like and would like to just throw some cereal on the table, he’s bright-eyed and requesting a “special breakfast”. Waffles, pancakes, French toast…this boy loves a good breakfast. Today, I’m sharing with you another one of our favorites: “Mountain Man Breakfast”.If there ever was a man’s breakfast, this is it. Although, I love it just as much as the boys who fill my house, so I guess I could have named it “Mountain Woman Breakfast” as well. It’s a hearty combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, and cheese, all pan fried to perfection. It’s certainly not low-calorie, but it’s also high-protein. This is a breakfast that is sure to keep you full until lunch…and then some.
It’s a great way to start a busy day (get those kids some brain food before they head off to school), and it also makes a great breakfast-for-dinner option, which is how we ate it earlier this week, when Little Man commented, “Mom, thank you for making this dinner. It’s really good.” And, Little Brother just kept asking over and over for “Mo’ sausage, peez!” It’s music to my ears when my boys ask for seconds of any meal.
Pair it with some fresh seasonal fruit, and a glass of milk, and you’re good to go!
Mountain Man Breakfast Skillet
Notes: I’m a bit of a snob about a few of the ingredients in this recipe. You can totally use any kind of sausage you want, but I HIGHLY recommend Johnsonville maple sausage. It’s just delicious. I’m not being paid to say that…I’ve just loved their sausage my whole life (wow, that sounds dramatic…but true).
Second, the seasoning I always use for this recipe is Pappy’s Choice seasoning. It’s made near where I grew up in California, and we always used it as a BBQ seasoning (tri tip, anyone?). From what I can tell, you can only buy it from their website, or if you can find it in a store near Fresno, CA. I buy the big jar at Costco when I go home to visit my parents. You can definitely substitute your own seasoning salt, or add whatever seasonings you want, but if you ever get a chance to try Pappy’s, DO IT! Again, not being paid to say that. I just think everyone deserves a chance to taste the goodness.
- 6 medium-sized potatoes (about 2 lbs.), cooked
- 7 sausage links, half a package (*see note above)
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1-2 Tablespoons seasoning salt (*see note above)
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup cheese
- First, wash your potatoes and pop them in the microwave (be sure to poke them with a fork first…no explosions, please) for 8-10 minutes, until they’re cooked through. Alternatively, if you have leftover baked potatoes from something, this is a great recipe to use them up.
- While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large pan and cook your sausage. Once it’s cooked through, remove it to a plate to cool slightly.
- Once your potatoes are cooked and have cooled for a few minutes, cut them into 1-inch cubes (ish).
- In the same pan as you used before (just leave the tasty sausage grease), add a tablespoon or two of oil (canola or olive oil both work fine…you could probably even use coconut oil, although I haven’t tried). Heat oil over medium and add potatoes.
- Add seasoning salt. Start with 1 tablespoon, and add more if you desire. Cook, stirring for 10 minutes or so, until you can see the outsides get brown and crispy. Move the potatoes to one half of the pan.
- Beat the eggs in a bowl and add them to the empty side of the pan. Scramble them.
- While the eggs are cooking, slice your sausages into small discs. Dump them into the pan, too. Stir everything together to evenly distribute the eggs and sausage among the potatoes.
- Sprinkle cheese generously over the top, put the lid on the pan to keep the heat in and help the cheese melt. Once the cheese is melted, serve immediately and enjoy!
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