Classic Country Breakfast

This recipe is for a breakfast skillet we commonly would eat growing up in our house. I’m using four ingredients that are commonly found in a lot of kitchens; eggs, potatoes, onion, and pork.

I think the idea for my mom was to keep it simple for us as she raised four kids and a husband. One skillet, and use a combination of ingredients that are quick to prepare because nobody has time in the morning.

I like this recipe because it can easily be modified. Swap in bacon, or country ham for the sausage it doesn’t matter as long as it makes you happy. The other thing I like about this recipe is it’s a hot breakfast! It makes up for all the times we had to run out the door with half a chewy bagel in our mouth. Growing up we didn’t have much but we always ate a hot breakfast, and for that I am blessed.

You’ll see some techniques in this video for cooking potatoes in cast iron. You don’t need very high heat just a little patience and don’t over crowd the skillet before the potatoes take on some color.

For the smoked sausage I selected Carolina Pride all beef smoked sausage. If you cannot get Carolina Pride in your location that’s okay, just shop around and find a good brand if you’re taking the smoked sausage route.

This recipe is for one adult.

Ingredients (for 1 adult):

  • 2 ounces Smoked Sausage
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Russet Potato
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Texas Pete Hot Sauce

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: 435
  • Total Fat: 34g
  • Cholesterol: 205mg
  • Sodium: 1,250.03mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 19.5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Vitamin D: 0%
  • Calcium: 4%
  • Iron: 11.5%
  • Potassium: 452mg
  • Vitamin A: 6%
  • Vitamin C: 23%


  1. Dice half of a russet potato and quarter half of a yellow onion. Slice 2 ounces of smoked sausage, and set ingredients aside to be added to skillet later.
  2. Heat cast iron skillet medium to medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and bring it up to temp. If it starts smoking your skillet is too hot. Lower heat and wipe oil out with a paper towel, then start again.
  3. Add diced potatoes to skillet and keep them spaced apart. One common mistake in getting potatoes to crisp up in a cast iron skillet is over crowding. Basically your potatoes should not be touching each other. You may also season your potatoes here.
  4. As potatoes begin to take on some color add in your quartered yellow onion. Don’t break the chunks apart, the onion will char better this way and will easy break apart on its own later. Feel free to hit your onion with a little seasoning too.
  5. Mix potatoes and onion together, then add in smoked sausage. The sausage can be tender enough that it doesn’t need much more than a minute or so on each side. Just make sure you keep an eye on it and flip. Once flipped the first time, it’s time to make room for your egg.
  6. You may add a little extra oil here, just drizzle some where you’re going to put your egg. Add egg to skillet and fry it to your personal preference. For this video I cooked mine over-medium. It won’t take long, maybe 30 seconds on each side then it’s time to serve! Oh and don’t forget the dash or two of hot sauce for your egg…

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