Waking up to wild game cooked over an open fire is hard to beat. This venison sausage hash makes for a delicious meal while spending time in the great outdoors.
When deciding what to cook while camping, consider a few factors. Choose a recipe that cooks fast. If building a fire from scratch, remember that burning wood down to coals takes time . By then, my stomach is usually growling. Pick recipes that can be prepared in cast iron. Cast iron skillets and pots are perfect for cooking on coals because they distribute heat evenly. Be mindful, however, that cleaning your cast iron outside can be challenging.
To speed up the cooking process and minimize dirty utensils, do as much prep work ahead of time as possible. I always chop and measure out ingredients before the trip. Most stores now carry a variety of vegetables pre-chopped, including cauliflower rice.
I love to change up the typical hash recipe with cauliflower rice. It’s fulfilling, and it cooks much faster than cubed potatoes, which is a big deal when cooking outside. The trick to flavorful cauliflower rice is cooking over high heat. High heat browns the cauliflower and browning adds flavor, as opposed to the lackluster steamed variety you might be familiar with.
A good cast iron skillet is essential to this recipe. Cast iron takes time to heat up, but once it does, it will brown and cook the food quickly. You can eat this breakfast straight from skillet with toast, or serve a spoonful of hash inside of warm tortillas topped with salsa.
- 1 lb. venison breakfast sausage, loose
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups cauliflower rice
- 4-6 eggs
- salt and pepper
- 1-2 tbsp. of oil for cooking
- Bread, tortillas and salsa for serving
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- Build a small fire or preheat charcoal. Burn the wood down until it blackens and begins to turn to white coals. Use a grill grate or metal stand to hold the cast iron skillet about 6 inches above the coals. You want the fire to be hot, but not so hot that it scorches the bottom of the pan.
- Preheat the cast iron for several minutes. Once hot, add a drizzle of oil to coat the pan. Brown the venison sausage in the cast iron. Add all the veggies, stirring every minute or so to make sure nothing burns. Once the veggies and rice are soft, use a spoon or spatula and make small wells into the hash. Crack each egg into the small well.
- Place a sheet of foil over the top of the cast iron. If you have the tools, pick up a hot lump of coal and place on top of the foil. This adds heat coming from the top to cook more evenly and faster.
- Check after 10 minutes or so. You want the egg whites to be set, and yolks to still be a little jammy when pricked with a fork. Serve with bread or tortillas and salsa.