If you're out hiking all day and then spending the night camping in the backwoods, you're going to need a seriously large amount of fuel to keep you full of energy. That's where our monster-sized mountain man breakfast makes its furious entrance!
This huge dutch oven breakfast recipe is packed full of eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, and cheese (and a few veggies too), and it's guaranteed to keep you and the rest of your family and friends going all day long. All you need for this breakfast is a dependable cast iron camping Dutch oven and a huge appetite!
Here's our Dutch oven mountain man breakfast recipe!
Mountain Man Breakfast: A Monster-Sized Recipe
- 1 lb of pork sausages
- 6 strips of bacon
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 lbs of frozen hash browns
- 12 large eggs
- Grated cheddar cheese (grate in as much as you like!)
- You need to start this Dutch oven camping recipes breakfast by making sure you have plenty of hot coals ready to cook over. Place your Dutch oven in the hot embers of your fire and allow it to heat up.
- While you're waiting for the Dutch oven to heat, start chopping up all of your bell peppers and onion and mincing your garlic. You can chop up your sausages, bacon, and hash brows, too, to speed up the cooking process.
- When your Dutch oven is hot enough, start to brown your sausages and soften your onions.
- Add in your bell peppers, garlic, and hash browns and continue to cook for at least 15 min, until everything is nice and tender. Keep stirring to avoid anything sticking to the bottom of the Dutch oven.
- Crack all of the eggs into a large mixing bowl, and thoroughly beat them before pouring the mix into the Dutch oven. Make sure all of the ingredients are evenly covered by the beaten eggs.
- Place the lid over the mountain man breakfast Dutch oven and allow everything to bake for at least 40 min.
- When the eggs are firm, cover the mountain man breakfast with cheese and cook everything for a further 5 min before removing the Dutch oven from the fire.
- Serve up hot!
Dutch oven mountain man breakfast recipe FAQ
There are a lot of ingredients that go into making this an exceptionally huge breakfast, but the recipe is still an easy one to follow, especially when you're out camping.
Just in case you had any other questions, though, we put together a short FAQ in order for us to answer the most commonly asked questions we receive about the mountain man breakfast.
Can I prepare ingredients in advance?
To save time when you're out camping, or if you aren't planning on taking chopping boards and chopping knives along with you, it's easy to prepare most of the mountain man breakfast ingredients in advance.
You can chop up all of your peppers, onions, and garlic at home and take them camping in a resealable box or bag. That way, you can just throw the veggies straight into the Dutch oven later on.
Can you beat your eggs in advance?
You can also crack, then beat your eggs at home too. Our top camping hack is to seal up the beaten eggs in a ziplock bag; that way, you don't need to worry about breaking your eggs before it's time for breakfast!
You should try to bring along a cooler to keep all your ingredients cool while you're camping.
How many coals do I need for the fire?
Dutch ovens are fantastic for holding the heat, but you'll still need to make sure that you have a large enough fire and enough coals to keep the mountain man breakfast cooking for at least 40 min.
You can't cook over a bright flame, but if you have a campfire the night before, make sure that in the morning, you keep your hot coals and embers alive for cooking up breakfast.
You'll need the bottom of the Dutch oven to be resting completely over coals, and if you can slightly bury the oven or place coals on top of the oven, that will help to keep the heat spread evenly while you're cooking.
Do I need a Dutch oven?
The ingredients need to be able to bake in order for this to be a mountain man breakfast. For that, you need to be able to completely enclose the ingredients to evenly heat them. That's why the Dutch oven is so perfect because you can easily replicate the conditions of the oven in your kitchen over the campfire.
A heavy cast iron Dutch oven not only holds lots of heat and cooks well, but it's pretty indestructible too. When you're out camping, that's a huge bonus, and one less thing to worry about!
Can you make this a vegetarian breakfast?
We might have emphasized the meaty element of the recipe (after all, there's sausages and bacon!), but you can still quite easily turn the mountain man breakfast into a veggie breakfast.
There are so many veggie substitutes these days that you could use Quorn sausages or similar for breakfast. If you don't have these, then just add in more vegetables! As well as bell peppers and onions, you could throw in mushrooms, tomatoes, or even baked beans!
Can this be vegan, too?
Unfortunately, though, given the huge number of eggs in the mountain man breakfast, this isn't a recipe that you can easily make suitable for vegans.
How long will the mountain man breakfast keep for?
Our recipe makes enough for 12 servings, so you might find that you have way too many leftovers after breakfast if you haven't got so many people to share it with!
We recommend bringing along a cooler so you can store the leftovers for later. That way, you can reheat them or you can eat them cold for lunch or even dinner the same day.
We don't recommend leaving the leftovers out in the open or uncooled, as the eggs could easily spoil while you're out hiking for the day. Only save the leftovers if you've got a cooler, or you might regret it later!
The last word on the mountain man breakfast
Our enormous mountain man breakfast recipe is absolutely packed with ingredients that are guaranteed to keep you fueled and energized for a whole day of hiking in the great outdoors! Although if you prefer something lighter for breakfast, this dutch oven quiche recipe might be exactly what you need.
Why not bookmark this most monstrous of Dutch oven camping recipes for your next camping trip?
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