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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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 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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yappa User ID: 5765015 266160
Reviewed May. 21, 2017

"Really good and easy!"

jchaya User ID: 4553472 263447
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2017

"I made this dish this weekend for some company that was in town. While I subbed bacon for sausage (guest preference) the recipe was great! Everyone loved it and I can't believe how easy. Just added some cut fruit and what a wonderful breakfast! It would make a great "breakfast for supper" dish."

lillithanne User ID: 8705827 249092
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

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

tsuop User ID: 6274346 248916
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!! '"

Cupcake_k9 User ID: 7172020 242128
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."

ChristySatfield User ID: 2374244 240275
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."

akitabogart User ID: 6611427 235437
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

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

kathrynevans User ID: 7372565 232664
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"My husband has been making this when he went elk hunting for as long as I've known him and we have been married 55 years! He scrambles the eggs instead of sunny side up. He even taught my dad how to make it over 20 years ago on a hunting trip."

krysfielder User ID: 5728656 232644
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"I guess my skillet wasn't really big enough for this, but I scaled it down a bit and it was SOOOO good! Will definitely be making this often!"

CountryCritter User ID: 637222 231762
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"Not sure how if you use 8 eggs you get 10 servings. I made 10 holes and used 10 eggs. Every one loved it."

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