If it’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there’s no reason it can’t also be the most delicious, too.
There is just so much to love about this dish. Most of it can be made in advance which makes bringing a scrumptious dish to the breakfast table a breeze. It’s a one-pot wonder, so very few dishes to clean. But, first and foremost, it is incredibly delicious. Fresh buttermilk biscuits make all the difference!
Watch us show you how easy it is to make this Best-Ever Skillet Breakfast!
How to Make the Best-Ever Skillet Breakfast
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The Ingredients You Will Need
The line-up of ingredients for this dish is straight-forward, and much you’ll probably have in your fridge or pantry. We strongly recommend seeking out homemade biscuits, or make your own!
Here’s What You’ll Need to Have on Hand
Breakfast Sausage – We love Jimmy Deans regular. If desired, try the spicy variety. We don’t recommend the sage variety since you’ll be adding fresh sage to the mixture.
Onion – Chopped, fresh is best.
Garlic – Minced, fresh is best.
Buttermilk biscuits – Pick some up from a local breakfast restaurant, or make your own! In a pinch, packaged biscuits will work.
Cheddar cheese – Shredded. Monterrey Jack, or Mexican blend all work well, too.
Tomatoes – Cherry or grape tomatoes are great. Halve them.
Sage – Fresh is best, but if using dried, then cut the amount in half.
Maple syrup – Go with 100% pure (not pancake syrup).
Seasonings – Salt and pepper is all you need.
Eggs – Go with quality, it really does make a difference.
EXPERT TIP: After the sausage, onion, and garlic are fully cooked, you can transfer them to a large bowl and mix in the remaining ingredients (except the eggs), or, to save on cleaning, simply add the ingredients right into the skillet with the sausage. Carefully mix with a large spoon.
Tips for Best-Ever Breakfast Skillet
Homemade Biscuits – We understand that making the biscuits from scratch may be more than you want to take on, but, if you seek out a local breakfast or brunch restaurant, they will sell you as many as you need. Don’t worry if they are more than a day old, they will soak up all the flavors during the baking process.
Fresh Sage – You can use dried, and be just fine. But fresh adds a depth of flavor that is just amazing. Fresh sage can be found in the product section of most supermarkets.
Don’t Overcook – We recommend baking the skillet breakfast until the egg yolks are soft, but not rubbery. For yolky eggs, cook for 18 minutes, for soft egg yolks, bake for 20, and for fully cooked egg yolks, bake for 23 minutes.
EXPERT TIP: If you’re not comfortable transferring the eggs from the shell, simply crack the egg over a small bowl, and then transfer the egg from the bowl into the divot you create in the sausage mixture. The handle of a wooden spoon makes creating the divots easy.
How To Serve
This dish is definitely served straight from the skillet.
All you need is a large spoon and let family or guests serve themselves.
If serving more than 4 to 6 folks, then double the recipe and cook in a large baking dish (9×13″ or larger).
Because the dish has all you need in a meal (protein, bread, vegetables, and cheese), not much else is needed for serving. Fresh fruit is a great side, but that’s really about all!
Other Amazing Breakfast Recipes to Try
Breakfast truly can be the best meal of the day, especially if you go with one or all of these amazing recipes:
Caramel Banana Baked French Toast
Classic Biscuits and Gravy
Best-Ever Eggs Benedict
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Vanilla
Buttermilk Waffles with Blueberry Sauce
These are all breakfast at its best, without a doubt, but isn’t this calling your name right about now?
This dish is so satisfying and so spectacularly delicious, that we love to serve it for breakfast or dinner!
And leftovers, if there are any, are absolutely wonderful. Simply reheat in the microwave or in a low-temperature oven (300°F) until warmed.
And talk about the quintessential breakfast to serve to loved ones during the holiday season! It just doesn’t get much better than this!
Ready to make the best one-pot breakfast in town? Go for it!
And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post if on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!
Best-Ever Skillet Breakfast
- 1 lb breakfast pork sausage ground
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups buttermilk biscuits crumbled, store-bought or homemade
- 2 cups Cheddar cheese grated
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 2 tbsp fresh sage chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried sage)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp Kosher salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 6 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a sturdy skillet (preferably cast iron), cook the sausage, onion, and garlic over medium heat until sausage is browned and the onion is soft, about 10 minutes.
- Add crumbled biscuits, cheese, tomatoes, sage, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Stir until well blended.
- Make 6 indentions (using the handle of a long spoon works well) in the sausage mixture, and break an egg into each indention.
- Bake until eggs have just set, approx. 20 minutes (22 to 24 minutes for fully-cooked egg yolks).
POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in February 2018, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography, and a fabulous new video in September 2023!