Mushroom & Potato Hash with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise

There’s not too many things I love more than Sunday breakfast. I just got back from a long trip in Puerto Rico, and before I left I was trying to use up everything in my fridge! I ended up making this on a whim and it was super delicious. The potatoes were crisp and mushrooms added a nice texture. And the egg with the hollandaise brought it alllll together. Sometimes the best meals are made with the random ingredients you have in the fridge!

Ingredients: (serves 1)
6 baby potatoes, cubed into smaller pieces
4 white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 shallot, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg

Hollandaise:
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Boil the potatoes until slightly fork tender but still a little firm. You don’t want to overcook them or they’ll break up when you sauté them in the pan. Remove and set aside. In a small pan, sauté the shallot in some olive oil until softened, about 2 mins. Add the potatoes, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, then toss in the mushrooms and green onion and continue cooking for another 5 mins – or until the potatoes are golden brown and the mushrooms are softened.

While the hash is a cookin’ start making the hollandaise. Add about two cups of water to a pot and bring to a simmer over low heat. Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside. In a metal mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and lemon juice then whisking vigorously until it thickens and almost doubles in size. Next, place the metal bowl on top of the pot with the simmering water and turn off the heat. Immediately start whisking very fast, slowly pouring in a tablespoon or so of the melted butter. Whisk vigorously the entire time! Add a little more butter and repeat until all the butter is added. Make sure to do just a little butter at a time. Set aside and whisk in a little black pepper, cayenne, and a sprinkle of lemon juice.

To poach the egg, boil some water in a medium sized pot. Add about a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (will help make it fluffy) and gently pour in the egg. Cook for about 30-60 seconds before removing with a slotted spoon. I usually lift my egg slightly out of the pot and gently poke the centers until it feels a little firm but runny in the center.

To assemble, plate the hash and top with the egg and hollandaise sauce! I had some asparagus around as well, so I shaved that and quickly blanched it for about 30 seconds in the hot water then sprinkled with rice wine vinegar and a crack of pepper to eat on the side.

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Easy Breakfast Burrito

Every weekend I dream of the perfect breakfast burrito. I used to go and get one at this place near my apartment, until one day they closed and I was left heartbroken and starving. So, I started to make my own! The best thing about a breakfast burrito is that all you really need are the eggs, then you can toss in whatever else you have on hand. This one I made with cheesy scrambled eggs, potatoes, a mixture of sauteed kale with green onions and shallots, and salami that I fried in a pan until crispy. It was perfection on a little Sunday morning…

Ingredients: (serves 1)
1 large flour tortilla
1/2 medium potato, or 4 baby potatoes, cut into small chunks
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
3 slices salami, chopped large
1/4 cup chopped kale
1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 shallot, sliced
1 small green onion
2 eggs
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices ripe avocado
Salt and pepper, to taste

Start by boiling the potatoes until you can easily pierce them with a knife. Don’t overcook them or they’ll fall apart in the pan! Drain and add to a pan with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Cook until slightly golden, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. In the same pan add the shallots, kale, and bell pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes, then set aside. Again in the same pan (because less dishes, yay!) add the salami and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Also set that aside. Turn down the heat. Scramble the eggs and pour into the pan, cooking slow and moving the eggs around often with a rubber spatula. When they are almost cooked, tossed in the cheese and the green onions then turn off the heat. Mix together while the eggs finish cooking. The reason a lot of people overcook their eggs is because they keep the heat up too high and all the way through to the end. The trick is to cook nice and slow over low heat, and when the eggs looks basically done, turn off the heat. They continue cooking on the way to your plate and will be perfect when you eat them! Okay back to the burrito… to assemble, scoops all the ingredients onto your tortilla with some room around the edges so that you can actually fold it up. Fold in the sides then start rolling away from you. Slice in half and inhale entire burrito….

Kale and Leek Potato Rösti With Poached Eggs & Hollandaise

Basically anything that involves eggs and potatoes for breakfast is my jam. I make something almost every weekend involving those two items and never get sick of it. Throw some homemade hollandaise on there, and I’m in love. A rösti translates literally to “crisp and golden” and is basically made of just shredded potatoes that are cooked until – you guessed it – crisp and golden! Basically the same as a potato latke. I jazzed mine up by adding shallots, leeks, and kale. I think I ate this entire plate in record time, though I plan to beat that record the next time I eat it.

Ingredients: (serves 1)
1 cup frozen shredded potatoes, run under water until thawed
1/2 cup lacinato kale, chopped well
2 inches of a leek, washed well and chopped small
1/4 shallot, minced
1 egg white (you’ll only need about half – keep the yolk for the hollandaise recipe below!)
1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 whole egg (for poaching)
Apple cider or white vinegar (optional, for poaching water)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Red pepper flakes
Olive oil

Hollandaise: (serves 1 person)
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 stick of unsalted butter
Black pepper

Start by thawing your frozen shredded potatoes by running them under the water for a minute. Squeeze out the water as best as you can, then set aside. Alternatively, you can use fresh potatoes but shredding them, rinsing them under water, then squeezing out the excess liquid… but I was feeling lazy. Anyway, add a little olive oil to a small pan and sauté the shallots, kale, and leeks until softened. In a bowl, toss together the kale/leek mixture along with the shredded potatoes, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Next mix in half an egg white and the flour to help bind the mixture. In the same pan you cooked the kale/leek in, heat some more olive oil over medium heat, then scoop the entire potato mixture into a ball and form into a flat pancake with your hands. Place in the pan and press down with your spatula to help flatten it more, while keeping the edges intact. Cook for about 5 minute, then flip it over and cook the other side for another 5 minutes. You want the outside to be golden and crispy.

While the potato cooks, make the hollandaise sauce. Fully melt the butter in the microwave. In a metal bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and lemon juice for about a minute – you’ll see it thickens a bit. Fill a pot with about an inch of water and bring it to a boil then turn off the heat. Place the metal bowl on top of the pot (making a double-boiler) and while whisking vigorously, slowly add in a little bit of the melted butter at a time. You really need to whisk fast to avoid the eggs scrambling. Once all the butter has been whisked in, remove from the double boiler and add a pinch of cayenne and black pepper. Taste and add more lemon if you’d like. Set aside until ready to use, but give it a little whisk here and there to avoid a film on the top. If it thickens to much while sitting, you can add a tiny tiny splash of warm water to loosen it.

To poach your egg, boil some water in a medium sized pot. Add about a teaspoon of apple cider or white vinegar (helps make them fluffy) then swirl the water with a spoon to create a whirlpool to drop the egg into (this will help the egg to keep its round shape.) Gently pour in the egg. Cook for about 30-60 seconds before removing with a slotted spoon. I usually lift them slightly out of the pot and gently poke the centers until it feels a little firm but runny in the center.

Top your potato rösti with your poached egg and hollandaise and get to eating!!

Egg Sandwich with Spinach & Caramelized Onion

There’s nothing like a good breakfast sandwich in the morning. Especially if the ingredients of that sandwich are wedged between a freshly sliced croissant! I love grabbing a fresh biscuit or croissant on the weekends and filling it with whatever I have on hand. In this case it was spinach, onions, fresh parsley, Parmesan cheese, and eggs. I got the amazing croissant from one of my favorite spots in Brooklyn, Court Street Grocers. Such a simple and satisfying breakfast!

Ingredients:
1 croissant, sliced
1/4 yellow onion, sliced thin
Large handful fresh spinach
1/2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
2 eggs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Pinch red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil

Add some olive oil to your pan and saute the onions until slightly browned and caramelized. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Set aside. In a separate small pan over medium low heat, add a little olive oil and crack two eggs into the center. Salt and pepper to taste. When the whites are cooked through and the yolk is still runny, turn off the heat. Working quickly, break the yolks then sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Fold the egg in half and place on one half of the croissant. Top with the spinach/onion mixture! YUMMMM. And as always I added some Cholula hot sauce, because I don’t know how to eat breakfast anymore without Cholula.

Quick Potato & Shallot Frittata With Goat Cheese

On weekends I like to try and take a little time to make myself a nice breakfast, seeing weekdays it’s a grab and go type thing for me normally. Last weekend I threw together a mini frittata, and it was DELICIOUS and so easy to make. It all happens on the stovetop, with just a minute or so under the broiler to finish it off.

Ingredients: (serves 1)
3 eggs, beaten
Small splash of milk
2-3 small fingerling potatoes, very thinly sliced (I used my mandolin)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 small shallot, thinly sliced
Handful of fresh arugula
Small handful shaved Parmesan cheese
Crumbled goat cheese
Small pinch red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Add some olive oil to your skillet and sauté the garlic, shallot, potatoes, red pepper flakes, and white pepper until the potatoes are cooked through. Add the arugula and cook until wilted. Top with half the Parmesan cheese, then pour in the eggs. Top the eggs with the rest of the Parmesan cheese as well as the goat cheese. Cook over medium low heat, swirling the pan and lifting around the edges with a rubber spatula to allow the eggs to run under and disperse evenly. When the eggs are almost set, put the skillet under the broiler for 1-1/2 minutes to finish cooking the top of the eggs. Careful not to over cook though! Eggs always tend to cook a little past when you turn the heat off anyway, so I tend to cook them until a little soft then by the time they hit my plate they’ve continued cooking all the way, without overcooking them.

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Pancetta Egg & Kale On A Biscuit

Holy mother of breakfast sandwich! I saw a biscuit sandwich in Saveur magazine that inspired me to make this. They used collard greens with mustard, but I went with some sauteed kale and shallot instead. I’ve always wanted to make my own biscuits, but for some reason thought it would be much more complicated than it turned out to be. Which is great because yay homemade biscuits whenever I want! But also bad because oh no… homemade biscuits whenever I want. We’ll see how this all works out in the next few months, I may need a biscuit intervention around the New Year. Anyway, this sandwich was amazing! The salty pancetta with magic, and the soft marbled eggs were fluffy and amazing. Can’t wait for next weekend!

Ingredients:

Biscuit Dough (from Saveur) – makes 4 medium biscuits
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Pinch of black pepper
5 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter, plus 2 extra tablespoons (melted) for brushing
2 cups buttermilk (you can make your own super easy buttermilk HERE)
1 tablespoon honey

Toppings: (for 1 person)
4 slices pancetta
1 cup kale, roughly chopped
1/4 shallot, sliced
2 eggs
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Start by making the biscuits. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and a pinch of black pepper in a large bowl. Using the course side of the box grater, grate the frozen butter into the bowl. Mix to incorporate. Add the buttermilk a little at a time, and gently mix together with your hands. Pour the dough out onto a floured surface and form/pat the dough into a circle that is two inches thick. Using a round cutter, cut out 4 biscuits. You may need to roll up the scraps and pat it back out in order to get your last biscuit. Place the biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush each biscuit with the melted butter honey. Place back in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool a bit before you start slicing them in half.

While the biscuits are cooling, cook all the toppings. In a medium pan, cook up the panetta until crispy. Set aside. In the same pan, saute the shallots and kale until softened and wilted, adding a little olive oil as needed. Also set aside. Lastly, melt a small pad of butter in the pan. Crack both the eggs into the pan, then break and lightly swirl the yolk around. Pepper to taste (you can add salt too but the pancetta is pretty salty, so up to you!) Let the eggs sit and cook for about 3 minutes until there are no more runny bits, then run under the edges with a rubber spatula to loosen the egg, and fold into quarters.

Gently slice the biscuit in half. Top with the kale, egg, and pancetta. Maybe add a little hot sauce in there too if you’re feeling a little crazy! Grab some napkins and get to work…

Zucchini Fritters With Dill Crème Fraîche & Smoked Salmon

I am a sucker for any lox dish when it comes to brunch, and I almost always order it if it’s on the menu. So this week when I got zucchini and potatoes in my CSA bag, and remembered I had leftover crème fraîche in the fridge, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Fritters are one of those always good, fail proof things to make. Any time I have a potato around and/or fritter worthy veggies, I whip some up in a pinch for any meal of the day!

Ingredients: (makes about 6-8 fritters)
Smoked salmon
1 medium zucchini, shredded
1/2 russet potato, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 small garlic clove
1 egg
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Oil for frying (I used a canola/coconut blend)
1/2 cup crème fraîche
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
Salt and pepper, to taste

Shred the zucchini and potato on the large holes of a box grater. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and set in a strainer over a bowl. This is going to help remove the moisture as both contain a lot of water. After about 30 minutes squeeze the zucchini/potato to get the liquid out – you’ll be surprised how much comes out of there! Toss the liquid. Place the mixture to a bowl and add the onion, garlic, egg, flour, baking powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Next, in a large frying pan heat the oil until hot. Scoop about 2 tablespoons worth of the mixture into the pan and flatten with the back of a fork. I usually do about 3-4 fritters at a time, and like to make them pretty thin so that they crisp up nicely. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden brown with crispy edges. Remove and either place on a wire rack or a paper towel lined plate to absorb any leftover oil.

In a small bowl mix together the crème fraîche, lemon juice, dill, and salt and pepper to taste.

To plate, top the fritter with crème fraîche mixture, followed by a piece of salmon, and some extra dill for garnish. Enjoy!

Caramelized Onion & Cauliflower Quiche

I always forget how incredibly easy it is to make a quiche! Plus it’s a great way to use up any leftover veggies and cheeses you have around. So, when on Saturday night I remembered that I had a frozen pie crust from Whole Foods, and a excess amount of eggs, I knew that quiche was my dinner destiny. (I just re-read that sentence and am now realizing I might not be the coolest 29 year old out there haha) Anyway! I’ve never put cauliflower in quiche before but I actually liked it a lot! I think a creamy goat cheese would be great with this as well if you want to swap the Parmesan cheese for something else…

Ingredients:
1 pie crust, frozen or homemade
1 small cauliflower head, chopped and steamed (about 1 cup)
1 large garlic clove, roasted
1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
5-6 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup half & half, or cream
Good pinch red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and cook the pie crust for about 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden. If you have them, you’ll want to use pie weights so that it doesn’t puff up. Or if you’re like me and keep meaning to buy pie weights but always forget to, then you can just prick holes in the bottom of the pie to let the heat escape, and simply push down any dough that puffs up. In the meantime, also roast the garlic in the oven. I just wrap mine in some aluminum foil and place it in there for about 15-20 mins. While those are cooking, saute the red onion with some olive oil until soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes toward the end. In a large bowl beat the eggs and add the cream, salt and pepper.

Spread the caramelized onions and chunks of roasted garlic on the bottom of the pie shell, next add the cauliflower, then the Parmesan cheese. Lastly, pour over the eggs. Bake for 25-30 mins or until the eggs are set and the crust is golden brown.

Carrot Coconut Scones With Honey

Scones are one of my favorite morning breakfast snacks. They are so incredibly easy to make and you can really put whatever you like in them! In the summer months I like to use fresh fruit, but it’s a little early for that, so I went with carrots this round and added coconut and honey to sweeten it up. I will definitely be making these again! I may experiment a little next time and add a few crushed walnuts, or a little yogurt to make them even softer, but I liked them just the way they were too!

Ingredients: (adapted from Kitchen Trial & Error)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
3/4 cup apple sauce, unsweetened
3/4 cup peeled and shredded carrots
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, coconut, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt. Next add the cold butter and toss with the dry ingredients. At this point you can either incorporate the butter by rubbing the butter chunks into the flour mixture with your thumb and finger (as if you’re trying to snap your fingers) or you can use a pastry cutter which is what I did. Try to be fast though so the butter doesn’t melt too much. In a separate large bowl mix together the apple sauce, carrots, vanilla, honey, and egg. A little at a time add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully incorporated. Lightly flour a piece of parchment paper and form the dough into a ball in the center, flattening it a big, then place covered in the fridge for 15 minutes. This makes it easier to cut. With a sharp knife, slice 6-8 pieces (depending on how big you want them) and place the dough on the same parchment paper right onto a baking sheet. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Let cool for a few minutes then drizzle with honey and serve!
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Potato Nest Benedict With Pancetta

Holy amazing breakfast decision. I’ve wanted to try making potato “nests” for a while and had a few leftover potatoes and eggs from this weeks CSA bag, so it was a good time to experiment. I decided to try making an eggs benedict type thing but put it inside the potato nest. It was so good, I wanted to knock on my neighbors door and make them take a bite, but thought that might be creepy seeing we’ve never met. I could have eaten a thousand of them, but I probably would have died of cardiac arrest, so I only had two. As for the hollandaise, it really isn’t that difficult to make, you just have to take your time to do it right so that it doesn’t “break” and have to get tossed in the trash. It was hard to take photos of myself making the hollandaise because you really need to whisk it at 100 mph, but I tried to explain it as best as I could below!

Ingredients: makes 4

Potato Nests:
2 yukon gold potatoes, peeled
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Hollandaise:
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and grate the potatoes, then place in a paper towel and squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible. Toss in a bowl with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix well. Next, spray 4 muffin tins with non-stick spray and divide the potato evenly among them, pushing the potato to cover the bottom and sides of each muffin cup. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, make the hollandaise. Add about two cups of water to a pot and bring to a simmer, keep on low. Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside. In a metal mixing bowl, add the egg yolk and lemon juice, whisking vigorously until it thickens and almost doubles in size. Next, place the metal bowl on top of the pot and turn off the heat. Immediately start whisking very fast, slowly pouring in a tablespoon or so of the melted butter. Don’t stop vigorously whisking the entire time! Add a little more butter and repeat until all the butter is added. Make sure to do just a little butter at a time. Set aside and add a little salt, pepper, and cayenne. To preserve before using, I always add some saran wrap to the hollandaise to keep it from getting a film.

When the potato nests have cooked the 15 minutes, remove from the oven and add the pancetta (you could also use spinach for a vegetarian option) then crack the egg into the nest as well. Place back in the oven and cook for another 12-15 minutes depending on how runny you like your eggs. I took mine out somewhere in the middle. Just gently poke the egg with your finger to check the temp of the yolk. Plate and top with a gallon of some hollandaise!