Sheepherder's Breakfast Recipe
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Sheepherder's Breakfast Recipe

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My sister-in-law always made this delicious breakfast dish when we were camping. Served with toast, juice and milk or coffee, it's a sure hit with the breakfast crowd! One-dish casseroles like this were a big help while I was raising my nine children. Now I've passed this recipe on to them. —Pauletta Bushnell, Albany, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 3/4 pound bacon strips, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 package (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 278 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 198mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup drippings in pan.
  2. Stir in hash browns. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat 10 minutes or until bottom is golden brown; turn potatoes. With the back of a spoon, make eight evenly spaced wells in potato mixture. Break one egg into each well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, covered, on low 10 minutes or until eggs are set and potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Sheepherder's Breakfast Main Dish in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p29

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Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

"I also have made this, except with the scrambled eggs. And@countrycritter, I was wondering the same thing. With 8 eggs and 10 servings, 2 somebody's are not getting an egg . LoL"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"I scaled this down for two of us. I will use the entire recipe when the family is here for breakfast. A local restaurant serves a similar breakfast with scrambled eggs. They call it "The Mess" It's a good mess!! '"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"This reminds me of a dish my mom made. I grew up in Texas so I spiced it up a bit with some diced jalape?os."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"My family and I neither liked nor disliked this recipe. I had to modify it because the potatoes stuck to the pan. I scrambled the eggs and poured them on the hash brown mixture."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"Excellent, My husband and I both loved it."

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