A lazy weekend morning; no rush to go out, no big plans, no get together with friends, just looking forward to having a fabulous time at home, be together. That is what it was like the last weekend.
We are not a privileged bunch who get to relax over the weekends. There are the extra curricular activities to have to rush to with the kids, grab a quick lunch, finish our chores which we cannot do over the weekdays, sometimes meet friends in the evening or we have other places to go; the weekend is just gone by too fast and the Monday morning blues are already breathing down out neck from the Sunday afternoons. Last weekend was different. It feels awesome sometimes to have no plans, no one to meet, and if possible nothing to do. We even forced ourselves to keep aside the pending work and forget about it; instead we curled up all together and woke up later than usual. We were too lazy to go out to eat and settled for this easy but delicious Skillet Eggs.
During the first years of our marriage I remember one time when we were going to have a lot of overnight guests. I was no expert in the kitchen, and did even worse with others looking over my shoulder to see what I was doing. This entire situation of having to make a big brunch for a house full of people, attend to them and also be ready by 10 in the morning to spend the day outside made me desperately whine to my dear friend M. (Here where I am right now, I have all my sympathy for the 21 year old, don’t you? ) She had suggested the eggs and vegetables in a pan; no cooking the individual eggs, no hash browns and sides in the oven, just throw everything in the pan and top it with numerous eggs and the breakfast/brunch is ready for all. It all went really well.
So my friends, this is an evolution from her recipe.
Skillet Eggs with Potatoes and Mushrooms
- 4 Medium Sized Potatoes
- 1 Cup Cremini/Button Mushrooms, Diced into 4 each
- 1/2 Cup Sausages – any kind, casings removed and crumbled (I have used Italian Chicken Sausages) – Optional
- 1 Large Onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 Vine Ripe Tomato, diced
- 2 Green Hot Peppers, sliced thin
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Salt and freshly ground Pepper
- 5 Large Eggs
- Few Sprigs of Thyme
Heat a 12 inch Iron Skillet. Add 1 tablespoon oil and the potatoes and cook while tossing till the oil coats the potatoes. Cover and cook till the potatoes are still very firm but fork tender. Increase the heat, sprinkle some salt and pepper and cook them till golden and crispy. Remove from heat and set aside.
Coat the same skillet with oil. Add the mushrooms and cook till all the water is evaporated and the mushrooms slightly brown. Sprinkle some salt when just about done. Remove from heat in a bowl and set aside.
In the same skillet add 1 Tablespoon Oil. Add the sausages, crumble/break with the back of the spoon and cook over moderate heat, until completely cooked through and lightly browned. Add the onion, hot pepper and tomato and cook, stirring, until onions and tomatoes are softened.
Return all the other cooked ingredients to the pan, sprinkle some thyme and toss to combine. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of oil on them; spread them around so they cover the base of the pan completely in a single layer. Crack the eggs on the spread. Cover and cook on the stove top till the egg whites are just set but the yolks are still runny.
Alternative way/Oven Method: After placing the eggs on the mix, put the skillet in a preheated oven (at about 375 Degree F) and bake till the eggs are set.
Sprinkle more pepper and serve right away with toast. We use some hot sauce on ours
Meeta is calling for Brunch Recipes for her Mingle this month. I dreamed to do a lot a for this; a mushroom quiche, a pear tart, some lovely lovely crepes or some sugar dusted cinnamon rolls…well guess what? Did not get to do any of those. This Saturday we had the eggs and a whole lot of good time as a family. My Skillet Eggs are going to the Mingle.
A lovely relaxed weekend morning, a lot of cuddling with the kids, gorgeous sunshine and warmth, some sunny yellow eggs and vegetables that made a hearty full brunch and a lot of laughter… can’t be more blessed.