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Death to Oatmeal!

Updated: May 3, 2023

During COVID, when yours truly was cooking for the entire troop, plus everyone trying to make a quick exit on Sunday, we starting making it a habit of doing an oatmeal breakfast. Easy prep (boil a big pot of water), zero cleanup. Plus if you added in some nuts for protein, some fresh cut fruit, it was a yummy and healthy treat on our way out. Something happened to that well balanced and satisfying breakfast. Now on most campout Sundays, I see soggy oatmeal, sometimes singed hands as scouts pour hot water into the instant oatmeal packet (not wanting to wash a bowl or cup), and over time many are just skipping breakfast altogether. Well, there must be a better way...

Enter, the venerable BREAKFAST EGG SANDWICH! Bread, eggs, a meat protein if you wish, and cheese....easily prepared in a cast iron skillet. You don't even need a plate! Talk about easy cleanup. When you take those individual ingredients and blow them out into their own variants, the combinations are endless. English muffins, biscuits, rolls, wheat bread....cheddar, American, swiss cheese....ham, sausage patties, turkey sausage....fried eggs, scrambled eggs. I'll leave it to our scout mathletes to figure out the total number of combinations.

To get you started, here is a basic recipe which includes a video as well showing how to prepare a sandwich with just a skillet and spatula:

I actually have nothing against oatmeal and often it is a breakfast staple of mine. But with minimal effort, you and your patrol can leave the campsite with a warm meal that suitably satiates your scout appetite!

P.S. My apologies to Bill Watterson for not asking for permission in advance - I am a big Calvin fan!

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