Breakfast is a meal that I often skip. Its not that I despise breakfast food, its more of a “I just woke up and really don’t want anything in my stomach but coffee” kinda thing.
But sometimes I feel frisky enough in the morning to cook everything within eyesight. It usually starts with a strong craving for bacon. I think to myself that if I’m going to make bacon, I may as well cook eggs. And if I cook eggs, I may as well fry hash browns. This is my take on Southwestern homemade hash browns with eggs and bacon:
And so it begins.. Peel two potatoes and cut them in half. Put them into a pot of water and boil until slightly tender. (about 8-10 minutes). In the meantime, chop a quarter of a red onion, 1 jalapeno, and one clove of garlic. Throw them in a skillet heated with two tablespoons of oil and sizzle until onions are translucent. Don’t burn them. (about 3 minutes):
Next we will throw on the bacon. 8 slices outta do the trick. Cook until crispy but still pliable.
Once the potatoes are slightly tender, get out your potato masher of choice and squash those puppies.
Don’t over mash. Leave some small potato chunks for texture:
Toss them into the skillet on top of your onions, peppers, and garlic:
Stir to combine all of your tasty skillet ingredients and then with the back of your spatula, press down on the potatoes to form a patty-like structure. Salt and pepper. Oh yeah, and thrown in two decently sized hunks of butter on top:
Let the potatoes do their thing for a few minutes. Crack open a couple of eggs after the bacon is done. Make sure to get some of that bacon grease under them. Season with salt and pepper.:
Flip the potatoes. You should start to see some browning. Season with salt, pepper, and a generous portion of paprika. (about half a tsp).
Cook for about 3 minutes and flip again. Mix together the seasoning and make one last patty. Cook about 2 minutes longer to get a crust:
When you feel that your potatoes have reach their optimum crustiness to your personal tastes, remove them from the heat and serve with an egg on top. Add a few slices of bacon and voila! I prefer my eggs over easy with just enough runny yoke to seep over the potatoes. I failed to accomplish that here. Damn eggs.:
I should be motivated to make breakfast more often.