Friday, April 13, 2012

The Ultimate Kitchen Sink: Baked Eggs in Mashed Potatoes and Spicy Tomato sauce


I cook almost every day and for some reason I never take pictures or post my recipes on my blog. I think I get discouraged for not having a professional camera like most food bloggers. I only have my blackberry to take photos and I get extremely frustrated with the final product. 
 
I also have the tendency to underestimate my capacity to create recipes, in part, because when you read a food blog the pictures are so ridiculously amazing that you just want to hide under a rock. 

But the more I blog and read others people blogs, the more I understand that when it comes to food blogging everything comes down to presentation and food styling. 

In reality the "food business" is just a big illusion. The food on the picture might look like a million bucks but that doesn't  guarantee that it taste good or that it is a successful recipe.  When I cook, I do it impulsively. I never, ever have a recipe in mind. I do the best I can with the limited resources I have in my kitchen and I think this recipe is a reflection of my lifestyle and cooking philosophy.

It's original, creative, budget friendly, homey, blissful, and very easy to do. It literally takes you 2 minutes to prepare it. I think I should called it "everything but the kitchen sink breakfast" because that's exactly how I came up with the concept.


I was cleaning my fridge this morning when I noticed I had leftover carrot-mashed potatoes, some crushed tomatoes from a white bean stew I made the other day, and just a tiny bit of of shredded "Formaggio Trio" (Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano cheese) that I used for a spring pasta salad. I had two options, either, throw  everything away or come up with a creative solution to eliminate the unnecessary waste of food.



I am a big fan of baked eggs. I have baked them in tomato sauce before so I thought, why not use the potatoes on the bottom as my carbs so I don't have to use bread and make the whole thing gluten friendly? 




OMG!! The results are simply brilliant. I seasoned my crushed tomatoes with a bit of kosher salt, red pepper flakes, a bit of garlic and sauteed on a skillet for 5 minutes or so. I poured the sauce on top of the mashed potatoes and I added two eggs on  top. After that, all it's left to do is to add cheese, parsley a sprinkle of nutmeg, and a tiny bit of red pepper flakes on top for a speck of color.

Bake the eggs until whites are just set but yolks are still runny. Don't put the oven too high because you might end up over baking the eggs. I like mine at  350 degrees. When it comes to cooking eggs, one thing I have learned is that the lower the heat the better the outcome.

This recipe is just a basic one. You can do so much more with it. You can add fresh basil, spinach, crumbled bacon, or even add a third layer of crumbled sausage or grounded lamb yum! The possibilities are endless but one thing is for sure. Feel proud of what you cook at home and start sharing your recipes more often.  You will be surprised on how much people appreciate it.

Buen Provecho!!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...