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Sheepherder's Breakfast Recipe

Sheepherder's Breakfast Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

Brilynne1985 User ID: 8312715 230595
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"This was delicious! I made it for brunch but it would also make a tasty dinner. Super easy too! I used a whole package of thick cut bacon (who doesn't love extra bacon?). This was also good with a dash of hot sauce."

rlschweiner User ID: 32902 227192
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"This was delicious! I will definitely make it again."

janmarie33 User ID: 5675216 227176
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"I make pretty much this same thing, but I include red, green and/or yellow peppers in it. I also scramble the eggs and stir them into the finished product right before serving. Yummy and easy to make for a crowd."

BarabooLinda User ID: 7528866 227142
Reviewed May. 30, 2015


slocook805 User ID: 7734059 227115
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"I've been making this same dish for years, maybe I got it from TOH, I can't remember. I noticed it wasn't in my recipe box but it is now. I make my own hash browns even though it takes a bit longer and when using bacon I always use a whole pound of thick sliced. When using sausage and there isn't enough fat in the pan, not a problem, I have a bacon grease can with a strainer inset in the top. I add how ever much I think it takes to do the job. My husband likes his eggs cooked over medium, I like mine sunny side up ultra runny with some of the white still clear so I just add my eggs towards the end of cooking time. And I always use a good full 2 cups of cheese. For a change of pace I'll add a couple of diced Serrano peppers, seeds and all, when the potatoes go into the pan and top it off with grated pepper jack and some hot sauce or salsa. The recipe says it serves 10 but only calls for 8 eggs, what gives? I always serve people 2 eggs unless I'm scrambling and then I allow 3 eggs per person."

doylescott User ID: 7230721 227104
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"Now this is what I call good old timey food. this is what my grandmother made for us . we never left 1 little something on our plates. thanks 4 this DAM good rec. scotty."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 226042
Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"This was great! I am a huge breakfast fan, so this is a keeper!"

[email protected] User ID: 7564909 224787
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015 Edited Apr. 14, 2015

"Loved this dish. Super easy and is great for next morning leftover breakfast, too. The only adjustment I made was cooking the hash browns an extra 5 minutes (I like them crisp) and less time once the eggs are added (I prefer over easy)! Sooo good!"

Sammylyn1279 User ID: 8205722 223799
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"This is awesome!!! Made exactly as written, thanks Pauletta :-)"

angcy User ID: 1160970 223748
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"Yummy and easy! My pan was only big enough to cook 4 eggs. It turned out well. Enough to serve two adults for two days of breakfast."

TamiKuhn User ID: 8032035 223446
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"I am single and I made this recipe on the weekend, freeze the leftover portions, and have them for breakfast during the week. The egg holds the hash browns together nicely and they come out of the pan in neat little nests. I am going to try it with homemade sweet potato hash browns, too."

manyaft User ID: 7740447 222559
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"I love Taste of Home recipes. They are so practical!"

mnmgbwi User ID: 5345222 216041
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"While perusing a cookbook he had bought me, my husband found and requested this recipe. We love breakfast for dinner and this was a one pot breakfast that went over very well! This is going into our dinner rotation. easy to make, minimal dirty dishes, filling, delicious... what more could you ask for!"

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 214074
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"Everybody liked this. We put in as many eggs as people at the table. The cheese isn't optional with my crew. In fact, I ended up using 5 - 6 cups of cheese."

half_pint User ID: 2652510 6490
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

"Absolutely delicious! I substituted sliced sausage links in place of the bacon and was very pleased with the outcome. Since I didn't have any bacon drippings in which to cook the hashbrowns, I used 2 T. of vegetable oil to get them crispy before flipping them. Even my picky eaters enjoyed this!"

Sandybeuningwantstocook User ID: 7998113 4549
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"I went with scrambled eggs and it turned out great! Highly recommend."

Gerbers2002 User ID: 6171176 6472
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"I do a very similar recipe, but I cook bacon, add hash browns after cooked, then scrambled eggs last - all in one pan w/o draining! We love it and makes a great breakfast burrito filling with cheese added!"

melindajoray User ID: 5330058 7587
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"Has anyone every made this with scrambled eggs instead of over easy? Just wondering if it can be done and if you cook it longer/different/etc. Thanks!!"

Orbs User ID: 7287623 6471
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"My husband and I enjoyed this recipe for dinner. We are vegetarians so I substituted Morning Star soy bacon in the recipe. I will make this recipe again. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Pauletta."

Butcher2boy User ID: 6390217 7744
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"How delicious is this? Was a hit, and a great breakfast for campin.g I didn't use frozen potatoes though, it did take longer to cook but it was fresh. A keeper."

p8nthorselover User ID: 4171928 5802
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"I make this often, when I have leftover ham I chop it and use that instead of bacon. I have also used browned breakfast sausage when I had no bacon or ham."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 7585
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"This has been a breakfast favorite when all six of our kids are home since it was first published in TOH. The only change I make is using the whole pound of bacon since we enjoy the flavor of bacon. It's also a good supper dish."

Raynee1972 User ID: 7667532 6489
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"I made this tonight. It was very easy to make and so delicious!!! My boyfriend requested it after I posted it on FaceBook because it looked yummy and fortunately we had everything to make it already. I would recommend this in a heartbeat and kids would love it as well!!!"

Luvsdaisies User ID: 3121376 199143
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"I've made this twice now and we love it! Just make sure your hash browns are thawed. The second time I made it they weren't and it got a little more browned than we liked. I'll remember next time to thaw first. Having said that it's a quick, easy and filling meal for breakfast , brunch or even dinner! Great recipe! Thank you!"

my4sweetys User ID: 3051527 5782
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Just made this for a New Years morning breakfast. YUMMMM!!! It makes a TON and is amazing. No leftovers and we only had 4 eating it...used sausage as all my bacon was frozen and it was still great!!!! This is a keeper for sure."

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 8837
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"I made this for dinner one evening and my husband was in all his glory. We used diced ham in which we bypassed the delicious flavor that bacon provides. The dish was so good and hearty."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 2455
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"This was one of the best brunch recipes I have had! I could eat this over and over again. It was definitely a hit with both my boys. We didn't have any leftovers."

cctp1016 User ID: 1672997 7940
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"I used bacon bits instead of frying bacon and it was very good!"

sks1124 User ID: 7451303 6618
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"Very impressed with this. Tasted awesome I think I might even add mushrooms next time; garnish with some sour cream or salsa!"

jennt1981 User ID: 2611777 7730
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"We are huge campers and this dish was right up my family's alley. Super simple to make and not many dishes to clean up after. Our little girl is a sucker for runny eggs. I may even try using shredded sweet potatoes next time. We love sweet and savory together."

momandthree User ID: 5133109 7938
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"Perfectly simple recipe to make in the Dutch Oven while camping. I didn't have cheese and it was still wonderful. Make enough for a crowd, it will get eaten up!"

mom47horses User ID: 4573248 6617
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"My husband's family has made this for years only called it Lumberman's breakfast. It is a favorite when our daughter comes to visit from Nashville."

goodcooker2011 User ID: 6049006 5579
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"This is a breakfast favorite and I have made it several times."

tstreich User ID: 1042559 8834
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"We love this dish! I've been making this ever since it came out in 1994! Just dug it out again today because I was craving a good, down home breakfast with some substance and still love it! If I don't have bacon, I'll sub another meat or if I have the bacon bits on hand I'll use those and then I'll use a couple Tbsp of butter and a couple Tbsp of Olive oil as needed to crisp up the hash browns. Yum!"

timburly User ID: 2457584 8762
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"the family loved it!!! We topped each egg differently for each person... It made a yummy supper for everyone!!"

abbie2005 User ID: 5306017 3096
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"satisfying and delicious!"

Corinne Villa User ID: 4802492 5539
Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"I served this dish at a ladies only brunch and it was a huge hit! I cooked and served it in a large, red, oval enameled cast iron pan. The only change I made to the recipe was to spray the pan with a nonstick cooking spray. It worked great. No problem with anything sticking. I garnished with a tomato skin rose and fresh, flat leaf parsley. It looked gorgeous. Even more importantly, it was scrumptious! The ladies loved it and they all asked for the recipe. This recipe is a winner, dressed up for a party or just as it is for breakfast around the campfire!"

cwbuff User ID: 441425 4785
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"I love this change of pace breakfast. Next time I think I'll try it with diced ham and green pepper. In that case, if you don't have bacon drippings saved, use 1/2 cup regular cooking oil. You need a really big skillet, though. I used my stainless steel chicken fryer but the potatoes stuck to it - get a really big cast iron or non-stick one (you will need something large enough for a cover). Also, make sure your potatoes are thawed. I definitely will be making this recipe again."

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