Last weekend we spent three glorious days on top of Loft Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. The weather was perfect and we finally got a chance to try out our new pop-up camper we bought last October. It was great! We grilled steaks, corn on the cob, and made this wonderful, hearty, filling breakfast casserole in a Lodge Dutch Oven.
This Dutch Oven was made to be used on a charcoal fire. The instruction booklet explains in great detail how many charcoals go on top, how many on bottom, etc. You can make pizza, cakes, cobblers and this fantastic breakfast casserole with a few easy steps.
First brown the sausage or bacon and remove to a plate lined with paper towels. Leave the remaining drippings in the dutch oven and saute onions until softened.
Add diced potatoes, or if you want to be like me, add two packages of Simply Potatoes with Onions and stir until the potatoes are crispy on the edges.
Add the cooked sausage on top of the potatoes, and pour a dozen scrambled eggs. Add a little salt and pepper and diced cheddar cheese.
Then put the lid on and add 16 or so hot charcoals. You can move the charcoals around after about 15 minutes to encourage even baking. Cook the casserole for 25 minutes and serve.
While the casserole is cooking get a nice cup of coffee and your camera and relax while breakfast bakes on the fire.
Our son Patrick and his fiance Callie (and my grand-dog Peyton) came with us on this trip! We were so happy they came. They are such fun!
They were anxious to play with their new tent because this is where they will spend their honeymoon while backpacking and camping in the Acadia Mountains of Maine this October. They’re putting on the rain fly which also provides a covered, protected area in front to put packs, shoes and other gear.
They are such good sports when we asked to take pictures 🙂 It must be love!
Peyton behaved so much better than my two nutty Jack Russells which might explain why we have no pictures of them!
Anyway – after 25 minutes breakfast was ready. This was so filling and satisfying in a good way. We even warmed some up for breakfast the next day and it was still great. This is a keeper and will be a staple on our trips.
The ground around our campsite was covered with fiddle ferns. Bunnies were running in and out of cover tormenting the dogs 🙂
Did you know there is one black bear for each square mile of the Shenandoah Park? Food cannot be kept in your tent or camper and must be locked in bear proof metal boxes, hoisted in the air in trees or locked in the car. We didn’t see any bears this trip but saw so many deer and rabbits, birds and other wildlife. It was so fun. The blackberries are everywhere but not yet ripe on this cool mountain top.
After the great breakfast we burned it off hiking on the Appalachian Trail. The engaged couple is getting all their gear ready for the trip to Maine for their honeymoon 🙂 This was a good shake down trip.
4 more months and I get a wonderful, beautiful new daughter-in-law! Can’t wait to camp with them all again.
Check out the view from the Appalachian trail. Absolutely perfect day! I could live like this.
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Mountain Man Breakfast Casserole
A hearty and delicious way to start a day of camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Sausage, onions, potatoes, cheese and eggs are cooked to perfection over hot coals in our favorite Dutch Oven
Recipe type: Breakfast, Camping
- 1 package sausage
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 packages Simply Potatoes (hash browns or diced)
- 1 cup diced cheddar cheese
- 1 dozen eggs, scrambled
- salt and pepper to taste
- Brown the sausage in a cast iron Dutch Oven over a hot coal fire. Remove and drain the sausage on paper towels.
- Sauté the onion in the remaining drippings until tender. Add the potatoes and stir until crispy and lightly browned. Spread the potatoes evenly on the bottom and top with sausage, eggs and cheese. Place the lid on top and add 16 hot coals to the lid.
- Bake for 25 minutes until the eggs are set. Serve!
Adapted from a recipe by Lodge Cookware
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.