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 Everything you love about breakfast in one easy skillet dish. Sheepherders Breakfast is simple and delicious, filled with hash browns, bacon, and eggs. 
Sheepherder's Breakfast in a cast-iron skillet.
This is a hearty, one-skillet breakfast with hash browns, onion, bacon, and eggs all in one skillet.  It is so simple, yet so delicious. It can be devoured plain or with a side of toast. Either way it is completely delicious and requires very little effort. This is actually a really popular breakfast to make while camping, but there’s nothing keeping you from enjoying it at home now.
If you don’t have an oven safe pan, or don’t want to use the oven, you can always cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil to trap the heat inside and cook the eggs. This may take additional time.
Bird's eye view of Sheepherder's Breakfast in a cast-iron skillet.
Watch the video to see exactly how to make this dish. I’m all about video around here and try to include a full length cooking show with every single recipe. This is great for people who are visual learners or even those who are new to cooking. Sometimes it just helps to see what is going on. You can check out my full collection of cooking show videos on my YouTube Channel.
Sheepherder's Breakfast in a cast-iron skillet with potatoes and onions around the skillet.
  • 1/2 lb bacon chopped
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 15 to 30 ounces frozen hash browns
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  • In a large, oven-safe skillet, cook onion and bacon over medium heat until bacon is crispy.
  • Add in hash browns season with salt and pepper. Cook 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until potatoes are cooked through.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the hash browns. Use a spoon to create 6 small wells in the potato mixture. Crack eggs into holes.
  • Transfer skillet to oven and cook 10 minutes, until egg whites are set.
You can used cubed or shredded hash browns in this recipe.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sheepherder's Breakfast

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Rachel S.

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Made this for brunch today. I was worried only because of the cilantro on top and my guys not really into the “green” stuff! Well I’m pleased to say it was a HUGE hit! Thank you so much Rachel! Love ya!

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Oh yes ! I’m in ! Thank you and have a very happy holidays !


Hi Rachel. I first saw you in the video about about aging and you speaking was beautiful. I am 44 years old, I take care of myself, but I want the right to have gray hair and not hear about my personal choice.
And then I made your recipe of pork chops with apples and onions! Amazing. I have served it to guests and they love it. Now, I will have to make the recipe above. Thank you for making such a great video about love and acceptance. Thank you for creating delicious recipes. Happy holidays. Patricia

Made it. Ate it. Loved it.

I'm going to make this for dinner tonight! It looks SO yummy and I always have potatoes and onions on hand. Perfect!

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