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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 equals 278 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 198 mg cholesterol, 479 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 14 g 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: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sheepherder's Breakfast Main Dish in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p29

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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."

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."

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!"

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