This is the kind of breakfast you want for those days when your to-do list is jammed packed and you need a lot of energy to get you through. Or, as it was in my case, your agenda consists of watching four episodes of Mad Men back-to-back and you need a substantial breakfast so you don't have to tear yourself away from the drama for snack breaks.
Yes, the show is that good and, yes, I have no problem watching four episodes in a row. It's the best part about being a grown-up-- I can watch as much TV as I like.
This breakfast is just a riff on some old familiar favorites like breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros. Beans, potatoes, salsa and eggs are all you need, but you can certainly substitute or add in other ingredients as you like. If you're short on time you can use hashbrowns found in the frozen case, which would take considerable time off of the preparation. I had the time, so I used some potatoes we had on hand, diced them up, boiled them for about ten minutes and then tossed them in our cast iron skillet with some veggie oil to finish cooking them.
Once you get the potatoes going in the skillet add in a can of drained black beans and a third of a cup of salsa. Let it all cook until the potatoes are cooked through.
I had big dreams for the eggs in this dish. The original plan was to bake them in individual ramekins and them scoop them out and serve them over the potatoes and beans.
Didn't really work out.
I don't think I had the right temperature on the oven, so they didn't cook through. I had to toss those ones out and regroup. Using new eggs, I cooked them in the skillet with the potatoes and beans by making a space for them in the pan. I covered the pan with a lid and cooked them until the whites were done and the yolks were still a bit runny. A few pinches of salt and pepper was all that was needed before gently scooping out the egg with some of the potatoes and beans.
Hearty, flavorful and filling. Kept me full and satisfied through my Mad Men marathon.
But, I do have a couple of questions, so please leave your answers in the comments...
First, any advice you can share about baking eggs?
Second, do you watch Mad Men? If so, who is your favorite character?