I've been a little pre-occupied with doing battle with a certain retailer ("Where America Shops!") (But I won't be - EVER AGAIN!) over a new refrigerator that may - or may not - be delivered sometime before I die!
A rant is coming... BIGTIME!
Anyhoooo... Back to the subject at hand. Showgirl Sunday Brunch!
Last week's brunch really wasn't post-worthy. It tasted good and all that, but it ended up being FAR too much work, for too little payback. I'll go ahead and describe it, and post a link to one of the recipes in case you want to try it.
Kielbasa-Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, served with Sweet Potato Hash Browns
The Sweet Potato Hash Brown recipe I followed is here: Paleo Sweet Potato Hash Browns. I followed it, pretty-much to-the-letter, except I didn't have coconut oil (I used butter and olive oil), and I used "Fine-Almond-Meal" which must be different from Almond Flour since the resulting hash did not stick-together nicely (like hers did), and was kind of grainy. Plus, I've decided that grating sweet potatoes is just FAR too much work. I even dragged out my mandolin slicer and attempted to julienne them - to no avail.
They did taste good - but far too labor-intensive.
The eggs were extremely tasty (although not particularly photogenic!). I buy fresh, locally-made kielbasa from the Farmer's Market - every couple of weeks. REALLY GOOD kielbasa - not that Hillshire Farms krep from the grocery store (which *used* to taste good - 'til I experienced this stuff!). I basically cut a few 1/4"-ish slices, quartered 'em, then sauteed lightly with onions in olive oil. Then I added the scrambled eggs, smushed 'em around 'til cooked, then tossed some "Mexican Blend" cheese on top and smushed some more, til melted and well-blended. VERY tasty!
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This week's Showgirl Sunday Brunch got snarfed-down so quickly, I forgot to take a picture! But it was GOOOOOOD! Sadly, no measuring (since I was dealing mostly with leftovers!). Anyway, it was SO GOOD that it's definitely made the "Make This Again" list, so next time I'll measure AND take pictures! But for now, I'll try to guesstimate what I did:
QT's Corned Beef Hash and Showgirl Poached Eggs
- Leftover Corned Beef 'n Cabbage (I want to say it was about 2 cups of corned beef and appx 1/4 head of boiled, limp cabbage + a few squishy potatoes and carrot slices)
- 4 boiling potatoes (I used red-skin and yukon gold)
- 1/2 of a medium onion
- 1/2 can (14.5oz) of diced tomatoes with green chiles
- dash of garlic powder (fresh diced garlic would probably be even better)
I started out kind-of following this video, except I tossed everything into the frying pan all-at-once. And I substituted the salsa (since I didn't have any on-hand).
- Peel and quarter the potatoes. Place in a pot of boiling water and cook for appx 10 minutes. You don't want them fully-cooked, just slightly tender.
- While the taters are cooking, chop up your leftover corned beef and cabbage (and other leftover bits) into small (1/4-1/2" chunks). Set aside 'til the taters are done.
- When the potatoes are mostly cooked, pour them thru a strainer and run them under cold water. Once they are cool enough to handle, chop them into small chunks as well.
- Mix the potatoes and corned-beef chunks together.
- Add half-can of diced tomatoes/chiles. I didn't want to drain them, so I used a slotted spoon to get mostly-chunks (but I did end up adding just a little bit of the juice to the mixture). Toss with fork til everything is well mixed.
- Heat a large saute pan - on medium - with a bit of olive oil. Add the hash, squish it down with a spatula and let it cook for appx 5 minutes. Then turn the hash, press it down, and cook for another 5 minutes. Keep doing this 'til you get a nice crust blended throughout (you may need to do some scraping to accomplish this!). All told, I think it took about 20-25 minutes to cook...
- Serve with poached eggs on top - garnish with green onions if you've got 'em!
It worked surprisingly well, although I used an IKEA clippy thing to close the plastic wrap (rather than a knot), so I had an air bubble at the top which caused the eggs to float and cook unevenly. I just flipped the pouches over in the water so the "top" got cooked. IMPORTANT NOTE: Don't forget to grease the plastic wrap - otherwise the egg *will* stick and you'll end up with a helluva mess!
Anyhoooo... Corned Beef Hash 'n Eggs was Deeee-lish and I definitely will be making it again!
I snagged this photo from Examiner.com
It looks a lot like what we just ate!
It looks a lot like what we just ate!