Whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, a potato hash will always fill your tummy. I make it using up leftovers in the fridge, while dirtying only one pan. If you are starving, eat straight from the pan!
I start with clearing out the fridge for inspiration. Today I had extra boiled potatoes (I always boil extras – with their skin on they last for at least a week in the fridge) but I have been known to microwave a potato, use sweet potatoes, and if you have time, use raw cut up potato. I also had leftover BBQ prosciutto, red onion, garlic, chives from my garden and some lovely fresh eggs from the Mountain View Hutterite Colony. Feel free to sub in sausage, bacon, roasted peppers, zucchini, even chopped up cold cuts!
Start by sautéing your onions and garlic in some olive oil in a cast iron pan. This gives you time to chop up your ingredients and run to the garden for fresh herbs. A favourite of mine is tarragon, but it’s a bit sparse in my garden right now.
Now add in your potatoes and fixings. If you are vegetarian, add in any veggies you have laying around in your veggie drawer. Or leftover grilled veggies. If you are vegan, make the whole shebang but leave out the meat and eggs, and you will have a great hash bowl.
You can also add in a spice blend to make things easy, but definitely salt and pepper generously. Remember to scrape up all the goodness in the bottom of the pan. You also want to make sure that you give the potatoes enough time to crisp up by not constantly stirring them.
Now, scrape your hash to the sides of the pan, and add some oil (or cooking spray) to the cleared spot. This will be where your eggs will go.
These eggs are so beautiful. And delicious. And come from very happy chickens. Carefully crack them into the space you have made.
Sprinkle with the delicate herbs you have kept aside. For sunny side up, keep them here for a few minutes. You can then turn off your burner (cast-iron will keep going with residual heat).
Remove the sunny side up for those who like that (me!). Flip the remaining ones for a few seconds for those who like over easy (me-as well, but today they were for hubby).
Above: sunny side up. Below: over easy.
Serve with lots of hot sauce, and enjoy!