One of my favorite things about the weekend is that I get to make breakfast. And we’re not talking about instant oatmeal or yogurt and fruit. We’re talking about blueberry pancakes and bacon, french toast and sauteed fruit (and bacon), and huge omelettes (and bacon). Breakfast food is awesome (so is bacon). In fact, last night I had scrambled eggs for dinner. (Although that’s mostly because we have no food in our kitchen, rather than a function of how much I love scrambled eggs.)
One of my favorite things to make is a breakfast skillet. It’s basically potatoes with onions, peppers, some meat, maybe some cheese and an egg or two on top. It’s soooooo good. Nate loves it because it’s got meat, potatoes, and cheese and I love it because he does most of the work.
In this case we had some turkey kielbasa lying around that we needed to use up, so we added that in, but usually we use bacon. I’ve learned that the secret is to microwave the potatoes for four to five minutes because otherwise they can take a long time to cook. This way you can add them at the same time as the veggies and it all takes the same amount of time! The best way to get the veggies and potatoes good and browned is to not stir them too much. We’ve also tried making this in a seasoned cast iron skillet, but for some reason all the yummy browned bits get stuck to the bottom of the pan. I guess you could say I’ve learned mostly about what not to do when making an breakfast skillet… but now hopefully you won’t have to!
We usually use about one large potato and one egg per person, and one onion and half a pepper per 2 potatoes. But it’s highly adaptable, and you can do pretty much whatever you want.
Bacon, ham, sausage, etc (optional)
Dice up the potatoes into 1/2 inch squares, place in a glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir the potatoes and microwave again for another 2 minutes. Heat up some oil over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet, and add in potatoes, onions and peppers. Stir occasionally. When potatoes are almost done and veggies and brown, add in the meat. While the skillet is cooking, fry/poach/scramble the eggs. When everything has reached the desired level of done (and brown), remove form the heat and sprinkle with grated cheese. Let it rest for about 4 or 5 minutes, top with eggs and serve!