Poor Man's Breakfast

Poor Man’s Breakfast is my very favorite thing to make if we’re having a bunch of people over for brunch. We’re not morning people, so if anyone wants breakfast food at actual breakfast time, they’re getting cereal. Or oatmeal if they’re lucky. So I like brunch food: it uses breakfast ingredients but is filling enough to keep you until dinner. That said, this time around we made this for dinner. But we have plenty of leftovers for brunches and breakfasts later on in the week.

Did I mention that it’s cheap? That’s the selling point: it makes a lot for a little. Win. (But you should probably go run a marathon or something after you eat it. Just sayin’.)

Poor Man's Breakfast

Poor Mans’ Breakfast

Serves 6-8


4 medium sized potatoes, diced into half inch cubes (we prefer golden potatoes)
2 strips of bacon, cut into small pieces
1 package ground breakfast sausage
4 oz of colby jack cheese, shredded
12 eggs
seasoned salt, pepper (to taste)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Start cooking and mashing the breakfast sausage in one pan over medium heat. Mash and cook until browned. Drain grease when it’s cooked.

Begin cooking the bacon in another pan. Cook until browned and crispy.

While the meat is cooking, begin prepping by cutting your potatoes and shredding your cheese.

When the bacon is done, remove it from the pan. Place it on a plate on a paper towel to drain the grease.

Add the diced potatoes to the bacon pan: cook them in the heated bacon grease. Season with pepper and seasoned salt, to taste. Saute potatoes until browned on all sides (about 15-20 minutes).

While the potatoes are cooking, crack the eggs and mix them in a bowl with a pinch of seasoned salt for every egg and a pinch of pepper for every two eggs.

Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

When the potatoes are done, add them to the pan. Add the sausage and bacon, then poor in the eggs, distributing them evenly. Top with cheese.

Cook for 20 minutes, or until the eggs are set and the cheese is melted.

Poor Man's Breakfast

Serve with fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself a party. Oh, and if you want to cut down on the prep work, sub in frozen country style potatoes. Pop them into the oven for 15 minutes or so while you’re cooking the meat and then proceed as directed.

As with most of the not-so-healthy, cheap recipes we post, this one was passed down from my grandma.

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