Welcome to one of my favorite brunch recipes ever! Easy and delicious breakfast tator tot hotdish all made right in your skillet with creamy cheese sauce, scrambled eggs and maple sage breakfast sausage!
My inspiration for this breakfast skillet came from my favorite tator tot hotdish, a dish that always hits home with my friends and family. I actually learned how to make tator tot hotdish from my mom (if you’ve read my “about me”, you know that I also refer to her as the best “chef” I know). I used to whip up my tator tot hotdish all the time in college because it’s easy to make, uses simple ingredients and feeds many, and my friends always asked for the recipe!
Watch how it’s made!
In Minnesota, a hotdish usually involves some kind of meat, vegetable, starch, cheese and/or a creamy sauce. Kind of like how Minnesotans also call some desserts “salads” when it’s a bowl of fruit and crumbled cookies covered in pudding and whipped cream. Yeah, I know it’s weird, but I love it.
What I love most about this breakfast tator tot skillet is the layer of creamy cheese sauce! Holy goodness. This is my “secret” ingredient that makes this breakfast skillet THE BEST. Yep, I said it, the best.
I make this breakfast dish in my cast iron skillet, but it can also be made in a casserole dish, which in that case qualifies it to be called “Next-Level Cheesy Breakfast Tator Tot Hotdish” (that’s a mouthful) because it has all required food groups: meat (pork), veggies (peppers and onions), starch (tator tots), and cheese, which also doubles as the creamy sauce. All the necessities!
And to answer your question (cause I know you’re wondering). Yes, you can eat this Next-Level Cheesy Tator Tot Skillet for dinner. I have and it was just. as. good. Not to mention, this breakfast skillet is soo easy to throw together and is perfect for a group! Which, if you’re feeding more than 5-6, I recommend you whip out that large casserole dish and double the recipe! And, one of the great things about this recipe is you can prepare it the night before. I recommend making and assembling everything except for the tator tots. Once you’re ready to bake it, top it with tator tots and pop it in the oven. Boom! Now go ahead and impress your friends and family!
BTW.. here’s another breakfast recipe to impress: Cheesy Breakfast Enchiladas. These saucy breakfast enchiladas are filled with sautéed peppers and onion, sausage, scrambled eggs and lots of cheese. You’re going to be everyone’s favorite!
Next-Level Cheesy Breakfast Tator Tot Skillet
Yield 5-6 Servings
Easy and delicious breakfast tator tot casserole made right in your skillet with maple sage breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, lots of tator tots, and creamy cheese sauce for the win!
- 1 lb ground pork
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon sage
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 2 bell peppers, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 6 eggs
- 1 3/4 cup milk (whole or 2%)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 30-40 frozen tatar tots (1/2 -3/4 bag)
- Heat a large oven safe skillet to medium-high heat. Add ground pork to skillet and season with salt, pepper, sage and thyme. Cook the ground pork for 3-4 minutes. Add in the diced peppers and onion and continue to cook until pork is fully cooked and veggies are tender. Mix in maple syrup and remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, mix together eggs and 1/4 cup of milk until combined. Heat a non-stick on medium-high heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add eggs. Scramble eggs until just set. They will cook more in the oven. Evenly spread scrambled eggs over ground pork and veggies.
- Bring a large saucepan to medium-high heat and melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 1 tablespoon of flour, and whisk until flour is fully combined with melted butter. Let cook and bubble for 1 minute. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of milk and gently whisk until slightly thickened to about the consistency of heavy whipping cream, about 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat off. Add in 1 cup shredded cheese. Stir until cheese has melted and sauce is creamy. Evenly drizzle cheese sauce over eggs in skillet.
- Over the cheese sauce, add frozen tator tots in a single layer. Cover with foil, and bake for 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees F until bubbly. Remove from oven, and remove foil and sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Return to oven uncovered, and bake for another 5-7 minutes until the tator tots are browned and crispy and cheese is melted.
- Enjoy! If desired, serve with jalapeño slices and green onions.