Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Poached Eggs on Potato, Bacon and Onion Hash Plus SECRET Sauce - 52 Breakfast Ideas

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It's a really good breakfast... Kind of a deconstruction of a cowboy potato hash with fancy poached eggs (and sure, a big platter of the hash topped with some fried eggs or even scrambled eggs would work just fine).  Add some spinach for color, healthy living...

BUT THERE IS A TREAT, a SURPRISE BACON - SOUR CREAM Sauce that sends the whole thing beyond a cowboy hash scramble.

The whole thing takes less than 30 minutes and makes a beautiful tasty dish for breakfast, brunch and even dinner!

As to poaching an egg... easy.  Think small, don;t try to do all of them at once.  One at a time, in a small sauce pan, get the water swirling (flushing toilet), gently drop an egg from a small dish into the center and everything holds together just right.  I cook mine for 3 minutes, and the yolks are perfectly cooked yet runny (see photo just below).  If you want a harder cooked center, cook for 5 minutes.  Laso, a little white vinegar in the water helps the egg to form as well.  Once you get a success under your belt you will be poaching eggs like a pro consistently!

OK... Here's what I did...

Poached Eggs
on Cheesy Potato, Bacon and Onion Hash Plus Bacon/Sour Cream Sauce

  • 3 TBS Olive Oil
  • 3 Medium Russet Potatoes. Cut into 1/4 inch Quarter size slices
  • Large Pinch Salt
  • Several turns of a Pepper Grinder
  • 2 TBS Rosemary Spice
  • 1 Large Red Onion, cut into half moon rings
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Slice Thick Slice Plus one additional slice Bacon. Chopped quarter size. additional slice minced for sour cream/bacon sauce
  • For the Bacon/Sour Cream Sauce
  • Drippings from the Bacon
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 TBS Olive Oil
  • For the Poached Eggs
  • 1 Quart Boiling Water
  • 3 TBS Vinegar
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 a Bag (4-5 ounces) Pre-washed Spinach
  • Pinch of Paprika to Garnish
  • Pinch of Chives to Garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large saute pan, heat the Olive oil over medium high heat. Add the Potato slices and saute for about 10 minutes, do that TV chef thing every couple of minutes and flip to turn the potatoes (or use a spatula to turn).
  2. Meanwhile, while the potatoes are cooking, in a small saute pan over medium heat, cook the diced bacon until slightly crispy. Reserve the bacon grease and equivalent of one of the slices of cooked bacon to use in the Sour Cream Sauce, move the bacon to a paper towel to drain.
  3. Back to the potatoes, as the potatoes start to crisp and get a crusty edge, add the onion slices and again, do that TV chef thing every minute or so to mix. When the onions have soften and begin to turn translucent (about 5 minutes), add the grated Cheddar Cheese. One more time, mix and remove to heat.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the sour cream, Olive Oil, bacon drippings and small dice bacon bits. Vigorously whisk to emulsify (cream together)
  5. OK, Time to Poach the eggs... In a medium sauce pan, add a quart of water and get it boiling. Add the vinegar and again, boil. Take a spoon and get the water swirling (like a flushing toilet). Crack an egg into a small bowl and gently slide the egg into the swirling center. Continue to boil for 3 minutes (longer if you do not want a soft runny center). Remove from boiling water and set aside in a warming dish in the oven set at 200 degrees. Repeat to finish all the eggs.
  6. And now, assemble your dish... Half of the Spinach on the bottom of a serving dish, add about 1/3rd of the sour cream/bacon sauce to that layer of spinach. Add all of the potato hash in the center, mix with 1/3rd of the sauce. Add the remaining spinach around the sides and push the potatoes to the spinach.
  7. Top with the eggs. Serve the remaining sauce on the side. Garnish with a pinch of Paprika and Chives...
  8. Serve Warm and ENJOY!!!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Breakfast Ideas!"

It's the most important meal of the day.  From fancy to simple, there are always ways to dress up a breakfast dish.  These are the meals that make Bed and Breakfast Inns legendary (and usually easier than you think).

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