By Montana Grant

Posted: February 26, 2023

Campers, hunters, and fishermen require a hearty breakfast to get going. A tasty breakfast wakes them up and gets them through the day. The Camp Cook often must get up early to get things going. Camp Cooks also have some great ideas on early prep for the next day.

The first thing a good Camp Cook preps is the coffee pot. The water is in the pot, the grinds are ready and all you need to do is throw the pot on the wood stove, when you reload the stove in the morning. By the time you get dressed and start breakfast, the coffee is hot.

Another way to get a head start is with casseroles. Premade, one pot meals, save time and just need to be heated. If you need to cook something, at least have it mixed and ready to cook. Here is a great Breakfast Casserole to jump start your day!

Bonanza Casserole

1 pound of breakfast sausage. Wild game sausage works well or some Jimmy Dean rolls.

Biscuit tube. You can also use premade biscuits. You need at least 8 biscuits.

2 tbsp. butter

¼ cup of flour

2 ½ cups of milk. Instant milk or canned milk will work.

Salt and pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg.

7 eggs

8 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese.

You will need an oven or heat up to 350 degrees. This is a great Dutch Oven dish. Fire or Charcoals work nicely.

Cut the biscuits into 4 pieces each. They can be raw batter. Scatter them across the bottom of your baking dish or greased Dutch Oven. Parchment paper on the Dutch Oven bottom makes cleanup easier.

Cook the sausage until it crumbles. You could also add a diced onion.

Leave ¼ of the sausage in the pan and make the gravy. The rest of the sausage is on the side staying warm. Add the butter to the pan and melt. Now add the flour and stir for a couple minutes.

Next, whisk in two cups of milk. Add the spices to your taste. You can also add some hot sauce if you like a spicier meal. Simmer until thick and remove from the heat. Whisk the eggs together with ½ cup of milk. Season with your spices and whisk.

Now place the cooked sausage over the biscuits. Sprinkle ½ of the cheese over the sausage. Pour the egg mixture on top and then the gravy. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Cut and serve.

For another casserole short cut, cook the Bonanza ahead of time. Wrap the entire cooled casserole in aluminum foil. Next place it in a waterproof zip bag. When it’s time to cook, place the meal in a pot of water. This can be a big pot, or a water filled baking dish. Allow the water to boil by the fire, on the wood stove, or on some gas burners. The hot water will heat the meal. Give it 15-20 minutes of boiling time and serve the Hot Bonanza!

Another option is to use what you have. You can include tater tots/taters, sliced bread, or top with a box of Cornmeal. When the cornmeal is done, so is the casserole. Lay out some sausage links to spell something or make a pattern. If you top it with raw biscuits, you can also get a harmonious outcome.

This is a hearty meal that even Hoss and Little Joe would enjoy!

Montana Grant

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