Paw Paw Cox’s Southern Breakfast Scrambler

My sister and I would spend lots of time at my Paw Paw and Nanny Cox’s house during the summers. My nanny would take us on walks and she was the first one who taught me and my sister about honeysuckles and how to pinch off the end just right to be able to catch a tiny drop of the sweet nectar. We learned that the more vibrant yellow the flower was, the sweeter it would be.


G.T., M.J., Grady and Wade Cox

We would take turns swinging on the old tire swing my Paw Paw had tied to a tree and we would eat muscadines until our tummies would ache. One of the many great things we always looked forward to was waking up to the smell of breakfast cooking the next morning. My Paw Paw Cox was a cook in the Army and he was stationed in the South Pacific. He could cook some of the most delicious things.Coxs

One recipe in particular that I especially loved and wanted to share with you is this breakfast scrambler. It is nothing fancy at all but boy is it amazing! It has only 3 ingredients. Sausage, eggs and potatoes. Simple right?!! All you do is fry 1-2 pounds of sausage depending on your crowd, fry the potatoes and then a dozen or 2 of eggs. You fry the sausage until done then spoon it out leaving the grease drippings in the pan. This will flavor the potatoes so good! 


Cut up the potatoes into small pieces and add them to the oil and sausage drippings in the pan and cook them until they are brown and crispy, being careful to not let them stick together. Lastly you pour your eggs into a skillet with melted butter then add the cooked sausage and potatoes and scramble everything together until the eggs are all cooked and fluffy. Nothing could be more simple!! This can be served with biscuits, toast or crescent rolls and fresh fruit. It makes a very satisfying breakfast or dinner!!








Paw Paw Cox’s Southern Breakfast Scrambler

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Serving Size: 1 Cup

Paw Paw Cox’s Southern Breakfast Scrambler


  • 3-4 Red Potatoes
  • 1 Lb Breakfast Sausage
  • 12 Large Eggs
  • 4 Tbs Butter
  • 1/2 C. Cooking Oil


  1. Peel potatoes, dice into cubes and set to the side.
  2. In a mixing bowl, scramble eggs and set to the side.
  3. Fry the sausage on medium-high heat until fully cooked.
  4. Spoon the sausage from the pan leaving the sausage grease.
  5. Add a 1/2 cup of cooking oil to the pan and add the potatoes.
  6. Stir the potatoes continuously as they fry so they don't stick together.
  7. When potatoes are browned and a little crunchy, remove from pan and let drain. Add butter to pan and pour in eggs then add the sausage and potatoes back.
  8. Stir everything together until the eggs are cooked and fluffy.
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  1. Michael Cox | 17th Apr 16

    Dad would always cook this for breakfast before we went bird hunting in the winter! I loved his gravy and biscuits also. He was a great cook no matter what meal it was. t Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful meal!

  2. jamesandsteph | 17th Apr 16

    I’m so glad this reminded you of some good memories!

  3. Jennifer Howell | 19th Apr 16

    This was always one of my favorite meals and now my kids love it too!!

  4. jamesandsteph | 19th Apr 16

    We are so blessed to have such wonderful cooks in our family to
    learn from aren’t we Jen!

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