Ever since we arrived at our off-grid homestead I have struggled to fill tummies big and small. Everyone is simply exerting themselves so much more and the result is a need for more fuel.
Simultaneously I am trying to keep just about every meal to one pot, or more frequently, one skillet. Dishes are done in dish pans with water hauled in buckets from our catch water system and heated on a propane or wood stove. More difficult than not having running water is not having a drainage system set up yet.
Needless to say, lots of filling and nutritious food in a single pan is a must right now. So to avoid the constant cranky cries of “Mama, I’m just hungry!” all morning I’ve started making this farmer’s skillet breakfast a few times per week.
It is not only filling, but free of many common allergens, full of cheap potatoes and nourishing eggs, and flexible enough to use whatever we might have on hand. It reminds me of the breakfast my Uncle, a farmer, used to make us at family gatherings and seems fitting as we start this new lifestyle.
What do you serve for breakfast that is sure to fill ’em up?
- 2 tablespoons lard, tallow, or coconut oil
- 3 medium – large potatoes cut into ¼ inch dice
- 1⁄2 large onion, diced
- 5 strips of bacon, diced or ¼ – ½ lb of breakfast sausage
- 10-12 good eggs
- Garlic powder to taste
- Sea salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Optional add-ins or subs: Cheese, Bell or hot peppers, Greens, Swap turnips for some of the potatoes, Tomatoes
- Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat until good and hot. Add the lard and allow to melt. Add the potatoes, stir to coat in lard, and allow to cook 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally and seasoning with sea salt.
- Add chopped onion, diced bacon, garlic powder and black pepper, and sauté another 5-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and browned. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
- Meanwhile, beat eggs. Once bacon is cooked and potatoes are tender pour eggs in, distributing evenly throughout the pan. Stir occasionally, as in scrambled eggs. Season if needed and serve once eggs are done to your liking. Now is a good time to add cheese if you desired.
- Serve alongside hot coffee or tea in front of a wood stove and happily spend the morning without cries of hunger.