Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Fried eggs in a nest

I love me a good breakfast. But please, spare me cereals, rolls with butter and jam and the likes. My breakfast hast to originate in a pan. Preferably fried. And something with eggs - cholesterol, shmolesterol. There IS no better way to start your day than having treated your tummy to something hearty and filling. A good breakfast simply gets me off to a better start in the day. Mood and energy-wise. Without it I start scrounging for anything edible - usually junk - by mid-morning.

This easy recipe is now one of my new favorites for a perfect weekend morning (I'd have it on weekdays as well IF I had the energy to get up earlier). I always used to serve our own version of hash browns  - tiny potatoes, as my son Noah likes to call them  - with a side of scrambled eggs. It required to either prepare the hash browns first and then the eggs or the need to involve two pans at the same time. Too much fuss in the morning. So I recently had an inspiration for a small change: why not fry an egg with the potatoes in the same pan? And thus were born my fried eggs in a nest (of tiny potatoes).

Ingredients (serves 2 hungry/hangover people or 4 as part of a larger brunch)
  • 800g waxy potatoes 
  • 4 large eggs (I always buy organic and free-range - they just taste better)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Green tabasco, to serve
  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into small squares and place in a large bowl
  2. Add olive oil, season well with sea salt (I use flaky sea salt for better taste)
  3. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over high heat
  4. Tip in the bowl of potato squares and make sure they're evenly spread across the pan

  6. Stir regularly with a wooden spatula to avoid charring, and gently break up any larger batches of potato squares sticking together (it's unavoidable towards the end)
  7. Fry the potatoes until they turn a deep golden brown color, roughly 15-20 minutes (if you taste them, they should be very crunchy on the outside, yet still soft on the inside)
  8. Push the potatoes aside to create four pockets (aka the nests) and crack an egg into each one and season with salt and pepper
  9. Continue frying until the egg whites are set. I usually finish off the last wobbly bits under the grill in the oven.

  11. Plate and serve with a generous helping of green tabasco (or red if you suffer from early morning masochism). Goes well with freshly squeezed orange juice or a bloody mary (for additional hangover cure)


    1. great.. now I want a bloody mary.. and that up there. looks amazing!

    2. cocktail recipes shall follow...when the only thing that's freezing is the ice in the drink and NOT the weather outside