Starting the Morning Right: Easy Cabin Meals for Better Breakfast Month


September is Better Breakfast Month , which means a focus on the most important meal of the day. And while you may be tempted to check your breakfast box with marshmallow-dotted cereals and from-the-box toaster pastries, we have some ideas that will really start your mornings right in the cabin. They’re easy, tasty, and the perfect way to celebrate Better Breakfast Month while you’re cozying up in a cabin in Pigeon Forge. Plus, read on for some top breakfast spots in the Smokies!

French Toast | Food Network courtesy Ellie Krieger | 4 servings

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 slices challah, brioche, or white bread
  • ½ cup maple syrup, warmed
  • Directions
    In a small bowl, combine, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar and set aside briefly. In a 10-inch or 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk together cinnamon mixture, eggs, milk, and vanilla and pour into a shallow container such as a pie plate. Dip bread in egg mixture. Fry slices until golden brown, then flip to cook the other side. Serve with syrup.

    English-Muffin Breakfast Pizza | Food Network courtesy Ellie Krieger | 1 serving

  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin, split
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 thin slice (1/2 ounce) Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped fresh basil, for garnish
  • Directions
    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a small baking sheet with foil. Place the English muffin halves cut-side up on the baking sheet. Top each with tomato and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle the Canadian bacon over the tomatoes, then top with the mozzarella. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Sprinkle with basil.

    Low-Carb Breakfast Balls | | 48 meatballs

  • 2 pounds bulk pork sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1⁄2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Directions
    Mix all the ingredients together until thoroughly blended (it is best to use your hands or an electric mixer).
    Form into about 4 dozen 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet or broiler pan.
    Bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes.
    Once they are cool, they can be sorted into individual zip bags and frozen for a grab-and-go breakfast.
    NOTE: for Scotch Eggs, mold a bit of the raw meat mixture around a peeled hard-boiled egg (or eggs) and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

    Pumpkin Spice Slow-Cooker Oatmeal | | 4 servings

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • Toasted chopped pecans, for serving
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Directions
    To your slow cooker, add oats, milk, water, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and mix until combined.
    Cook, stirring occasionally, on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Serve topped with pecans, maple syrup, and more salt, if desired.

    Paleo Breakfast Stacks | | 3 servings

  • 3 breakfast sausage patties
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • chives, for garnish
  • Hot sauce, if desired
  • Directions
    Heat breakfast sausage according to instructions on box. Mash avocado onto breakfast sausage and season with salt and pepper. Spray a medium skillet over medium heat with cooking spray, then spray the inside of a mason jar lid.
    Place mason jar lid in the center of skillet and crack an egg inside. Season with salt and pepper and let cook 3 minutes until whites are set, then remove lid and continue cooking. Place egg on top of mashed avocado. Garnish with chives, drizzle with your favorite hot sauce and serve.

    Great Picks for Better Breakfast Month in Pigeon Forge
    Pigeon Forge is kind of known for pancake houses. They are all up and down the Parkway, giving you plenty of options for pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, and more. A few picks are below, or you can stop by The Old Mill or the Apple Barn for stone-ground grains and mixes to whip up in the cabin!

    Sawyer’s Farmhouse Breakfast
    2831 Parkway

    Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin
    2734 Parkway

    Mama’s Farmhouse
    208 Pickel St

    Mel’s Classic Diner
    119 Wears Valley Rd

    The Old Mill Restaurant
    164 Old Mill Ave

    Cracker Barrel
    2285 Parkway

    Red Rooster Pancake House
    3215 Parkway

    Breakfast in Gatlinburg
    Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, 1103 Parkway | Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, 956 Parkway | Pancake Pantry, 628 Parkway | Log Cabin Pancake House, 327 Historic Nature Trail | Little House of Pancakes, 807 E Parkway | Atrium Pancakes, 432 Parkway