If there are two types of food Americans tend to love, its breakfast food and casserole. What could be better than combining these two favorites into something everyone can enjoy just about anywhere? Whether you’re cooking over a campfire in the woods, or just preparing a rustic breakfast at home, this Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole has everything you need to get your morning started off on the right foot. And as a one-pot dish, it’s as easy as it is tasty.
To start, you’ll first need a few ingredients:
- 3 cups of hashbrowns
- 16 ounces of fresh, crumbled sausage
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
- Biscuit dough (formed into at least 6 biscuits)
- 4 tablespoons of butter or oil
You will also need plenty of hot coals and a trusty dutch oven.
To begin, you’ll want to arrange about nine coals in a circle under your dutch oven. From there, you’ll simply put your dutch oven on top. You’ll then want to put half of that butter or oil on the bottom of the pan. Then you’ll throw the crumbled sausage in the oven, place the lid back on and put another 20 or so hot coals over the top, again like so:
Once the sausage is nicely browned, you’ll want to remove it and get those hashbrowns cooking. You can leave some of that sausage fat on the bottom of the pan for a little extra flavor if desired. Put the lid back on and then let those hashbrowns go for a few minutes, so they start to get some color.
After the hashbrowns are showing some color, it’s time to really get the “casserole” part of this dish underway. First, fold the crumbled sausage back into the mix. Then, pour your 6 beaten eggs over the top and sprinkle on that grated cheese.
Next up, add your biscuits (and a little more butter on top if so desired).
Put the lid back on and make sure all your coals are nice and hot. Let everything cook until the cheese is bubbling and the biscuits are fully cooked.
One of the great things about this recipe is that you can really dress it up and customize it however you like. Some freshly diced onions and peppers would be a great addition to this dish, for example. You can also try different cheeses, like pepper jack, or add some flavorful toppings like diced jalapenos, scallions or your favorite hot sauce. With a dish like this, really just about anything goes.