During the weekdays, my breakfasts are simple and fast, and often eaten in snatched bites as I finish getting ready for work. Oatmeal or a bowl of cold cereal, sometimes topped with fresh fruit, and water. On the weekends, however, I get to cook something fun.
One of my favorite easy savory weekend breakfasts is chopped hard chorizo pan fried, diced potatoes pan fried in the flavorful oil left behind by the chorizo, and a fried egg. But I don't always have chorizo on hand. Fortunately, this very flexible dish can be made with sausage, diced ham, or ground pork. This morning, I used ground pork seasoned with chorizo sausage seasoning, ancho chili powder, and whole coriander and a touch of cayenne to add more heat, but you can use any number of different seasonings such as regular chili powder or for a smoky flavor chipotle chilie powder. Don't want a Southwest theme? What about diced ham with sage and garlic? The possibilities are endless.
I don't have amounts or even exact spice suggestions. This is one of those dishes I throw together, and season according to how I want them that day.
Fried Egg Over Spicy Potatoes and Meat
- Potatoes — I use red skin or yukons. Peeled, and diced around 1/2 inch size.
- Meat — chopped if needed to a similar size as the potatoes. Your choice: good options are chorizo, sausage, ground pork, ham
- garlic — a few cloves, crushed and peeled
- spices — if your meat is unseasoned, you'll want to spice it. Examples: chili powder, ancho chili powder, coriander. But you can use whatever combination you enjoy.
- garlic — a few crushed cloves
Peel and chop potatoes in about 1/2 inch size. Soak potatoes in a bowl of cold water to remove excess starch.
Chop the chorizo or sausage or ham. If using ground pork, mix with salt and spices. Possible spices are chorizo sausage seasoning, chili powder, coriander seeds. Heat a bit of oil in a saute pan large enough to accommodate your potatoes and meat. Cook your meat but not dry. Remove from pan and leave any flavored oil behind.
While the meat is cooking you can drain the potatoes. I like to put the drained potatoes in a clean kitchen towel and shake out excess water.
Cook potatoes and crushed garlic in same pan. Add extra oil if necessary. Season with salt and add a bit of extra spices, especially if there wasn't enough spicy oil to flavor them. I like to use ancho chili powder. Cover and cook until done. Periodically press the garlic into and turn potatoes periodically to keep them from sticking to the pan too much, and to get the other sides to crisp up a bit. Want them crispier, then don't cover as that traps moisture. When potatoes are just about done, add meat, stir to mix, taste and correct for seasonings, and set to low to keep warm.
Heat pan, preferably non-stick, with a touch of oil. Cook eggs until desired done-ness. I like sunny-side up, but you can cook until set or even flip them to get both sides. I don't usually cook with non-stick pans, but they are fabulous for frying eggs.
Serve an egg over a serving of potatoes and meat along with some tabasco or your favorite hot sauce.