Hearty Breakfast at Big Bass Lake

There’s nothing better on any camping trip than that first breakfast.  After the Hoffman Estates Boys Club boys first full night at Big Bass Lake, I wanted them to wake-up to something special so I donned the chef cap that first morning and whipped up the Noreika special. 


  • 1/2 package of maple sausage
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 8-12 eggs
  • 4 pre-cooked medium potatoes, sliced
  • cheddar cheese, sliced or shredded
  • 1-2 tablespoons cooking oil


Put a little oil in a large skillet and cook meat until 3/4 done. The meat will create its own grease, so use just enough to help it not stick at first. Add onions, peppers and potatoes to the skillet. Cook until meat, onions and peppers are cooked completely. The potatoes just need to be heated since they are pre-cooked (which I did the night before in our second fire pit).

Add eggs to the mix. I like a pretty even egg to food ratio, so that it sticks together rather than falls apart. If you start mixing them in, and it looks like you need a few more eggs, just add them in. When the eggs are done cooking, I add the cheese to taste. If you’re a real cheese lover, you may want to double up on it. I will sometimes put aluminum foil or a lid over the skillet to make the cheese melt faster. When the cheese is melted, you are done.  You now have a breakfast that will last kids for hours and get them ready for the day ahead.


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