Monday, April 15, 2013

Fried Egg on Potato Cake with Blue Cheese Wedge, Tomatoes, and Scallions

 Tonight I was hungry, but had had a fattening lunch.  A little egg supper was in order, along with a bit of salad.  I threw in a potato cake because I had some cold mashed potatoes in the frig. (Potato cakes are just leftover mashed potatoes patted out like a pancake and fried in butter until very crisp.) Hey, they needed to be used.  If you've never made anything on top  of a potato cake, now's the time.  Try this:

egg on potato cake + blue cheese wedge, tomatoes, and scallions

First "make" the salad:
  • wedge of iceberg lettuce
  • sliced tomatoes
  • thinly sliced scallion (save a bit for the potato and egg)
  • blue cheese dressing*
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Place lettuce wedge on dinner plate with tomatoes.  Top with blue cheese dressing and scallions.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

*Here's how I make Blue Cheese Dressing:  In a food processor, I put a little Danish blue cheese--say 2 ounces-- along with a nice big clove of chopped garlic.  Then I add some mayonnaise --  maybe 1/4 - 1/3 cup -- out of a jar, Best Foods, to be specific.  I then pour in a tablespoon or two of milk and a good shake or two Tabasco.  A healthy sprinkle of salt and pepper and a quick wrrrrrrr.  Taste, adjust seasoning.  A bit more milk if it's too thick.

Next, make the potato cake.  Cook the egg on top.

  • 1/3 cup leftover cold, seasoned mashed potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • kosher salt and pepper    
Scoop the potatoes out into your hands and make a ball.  Press to flatten a bit, place on your dinner  plate and pat out a "pancake"  (4" diameter) of mashed potatoes.  Heat an 8" skillet over medium heat with the butter.  When butter is beginning to brown, carefully place potato cake in the pan using a thin spatula.   Let cook  two minutes or so OR until quite brown and crispy.  Turn  cake over gently and break egg on top on the potatoes. Press egg white into the potato in three or four places to keep the egg from spreading throughout the pan. Season with salt and pepper.  Cover for a minute or so OR until egg is done to your liking.  Lift potato topped with egg out of the pan and place next to the salad on your dinner plate. Garnish with reserved chopped scallions.   Enjoy!

Have fun cooking and taking care of yourself,


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