Cowboy Breakfast Bites
I think this delicious recipe may have originated from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman…I’m not completely sure. What I do know for certain is that my guys immediately fell in love with it and I’ve been making it faithfully ever since!
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Cowboy Breakfast Bites Fill Up Everyone… from the Tiniest Farmhand to the Strongest Cattleman
My favorite part about these breakfast bites, that you’ll love, too, is how easy it is to modify the recipe for your family’s taste buds. I love the kick that the mustard and horseradish give the mix, but you can easily tone that down. Do your kids love bacon? Then use bacon! Got leftover steak? Go for it. Any type of cooked meat works great, so use whatever leftovers you have on hand. All you have to do is pile up your bagels, bake on a baking sheet, and grab a hot, hearty breakfast on your way out the door!
How to Make Cowboy Breakfast Bites
The aromatics – onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno. These actually provide the foundation of this dish, just as they do in any dish. Change them up any way you wish. Sometimes I skip the jalapeno, or I may add dehydrated onion flakes in place of the actual onion, if I’m in a hurry.
Bacon. We love our bacon in this Cowboy Breakfast Bites, but I’ve used cooked sausage lots of times and I know I’d LOVE cooked salmon in the egg mixture topping, but my boys probably wouldn’t. Once, I did get to use leftover grilled steak in this recipe and my guys went bananas – so good. Use any leftover cooked meat that you’d like.
Hardboiled Eggs. Well, if you haven’t made hardboiled eggs in your Instant Pot, you are completely missing out on something super cool. Once you make hardboiled eggs in your Instant Pot, let’s just say you’re ruined for life…..you simply won’t be able to make them any other way because the Instant Pot way makes such short, awesome work of it!
Cheese. Like the cooked meats we talked about above, this ingredient can be customized too. We almost always have Colby-Jack and Cheddar on hand, so that’s what I use since that’s my family’s preference. If I had it my way, we jack these Cowboy Breakfast Bites up with Pepper-Jack!
Mayo, Plain Greek Yogurt, Red Pepper Flakes, Spicy Brown Mustard, Grated Horseradish, Minced Garlic, Worcestershire Sauce. All of these ingredients together are what make up the creamy part of the egg topping for Cowboy Breakfast Bites. It’s like the glue that holds everything together! I have to be careful when I’m making this part as I have tendency to use too much horseradish and too much garlic! I sometimes forget that not everyone wants the flavors to be as strong here as I do. Again, customize to your heart’s content, truly. Make your Cowboy Breakfast Bites how YOU prefer them.
Bagels. We like using mini bagels for Cowboy Breakfast Bites, but you could sure use full-size bagels or even English muffins as the base. I’ve never tried using biscuits as the base, but I’m betting it would be delicious!
Easy Recipe Tips for Making Cowboy Breakfast Bites
- Do Cowboy Breakfast Bites freeze well? I’m so glad you asked – GREAT question, because YES, THEY DO! You can freeze them two ways: BEFORE they are baked, or AFTER they are baked and have cooled. I personally prefer freezing them BEFORE they are baked, so I can bake them fresh when we need them. However, if you choose to bake them FIRST, then freeze them, you’ll just need to reheat them a bit in the microwave to serve them.
- What’s the best way to freeze Cowboy Breakfast Bites? Assemble the Cowboy Breakfast Bites as per the instructions, placing them all onto a large baking sheet; pop into the freezer and freeze them solid. Once frozen, remove to an air-tight container and return to the freezer. Now, you can simply pull out as many of the Cowboy Breakfast Bites as you want, whenever you get a hankerin’ for a hot, delicious, on-the-go breakfast for your fam.
- If I freeze the Cowboy Breakfast Bites, do I need to adjust the baking time? Do I need to thaw them first? Bake the Cowboy Breakfast Bites from frozen – don’t thaw. And, yes, you may need to add 5-10 minutes to the baking time when baking from frozen, but it works great.
- Are there any tools that are helpful for making this recipe? I like using my 1/4 cup stainless steel scoop for piling the topping onto the the bagels – this makes the whole process super fast and easy. Also, for freezing and baking the Cowboy Breakfast Bites, a good rimmed baking sheet is helpful, too. (If you keep your baking sheets OUT of the dishwasher and always wash them by hand, they will look like new for a long time, especially if you can throw a sheet of parchment paper down on it each time you get ready to use it!)
Printable Recipe for Cowboy Breakfast Bites
Cowboy Breakfast Bites
These Cowboy Breakfast Bites are a great grab-and-go breakfast when you're in a hurry but want something protein-packed and full of flavor!
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 sweet red bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, minced
- 1-2 tsp. olive oil
- 8-10 slices bacon
- 8 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Colby-Jack or Cheddar cheese, preferably from Alma Creamery, Alma, KS
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
- 1 tsp. grated horseradish
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 8 mini whole wheat or whole grain bagels, split (may substitute English muffins, if desired)
In a 12" cast iron skillet over medium heat, saute the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno until softened; let cool slightly and reserve.
Cook bacon on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven until browned and slightly crispy; remove the bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate to cool slightly, then crumble or cut the bacon into small pieces.
In a large mixing bowl, add cooked bacon, chopped eggs, cheese, mayo, yogurt, mustard, horseradish, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce; gently fold all ingredients together, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold in the reserved veggies.
Preheat oven broiler to low and place the rack in the center of the oven position. Place the bagel halves onto a baking sheet. Using a 1/4 cup cookie dough scoop, place some of the prepared egg mixture onto each bagel half. Use your fingertips to compact mixture slightly and to secure filling on top of each bagel half.
Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven beneath the broiler and broil the bagel bites for 3-4 minutes, taking care not to burn them, cooking just until the topping is hot throughout and cheese is slightly melted. Serve at once. May cool and store in the refrigerator and reheat later as needed.
If you’re looking for something to feed a crowd, then Jan’s Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole is another knockout!
Or if you’re thinking of serving Cowboy Breakfast Bites up for a nice brunch, be sure to pair them with these Maple and Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs.
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