Continuing with my sandwich fixation, I present to you my childhood favorite: Potatoes and Eggs. This was the thing my grandparents would make me for breakfast when they stayed over. It is the perfect low budget working persons dish. You get your carbs proteins, and fats, and what can the food cost be for a potato , a few eggs and some onion? Maybe it is a New York Italian thing, but if you are trying to stretch what you have laying around, look no further.
Thinly sliced potatoes fried up add the eggs and you are done. Really it couldn’t be simpler but man did it taste good. Really I could do it the same way every time and be fine with it. Keeping that in mind, my recent mash-up does not stray all that far from the original.
For starters I am adding bacon, or pancetta, dicing that up and letting it get happy happy in the pan with a bit of thinly sliced onion. Once that starts to render down I toss in the potato (boiled or micro waved a bit then sliced or cubed). Season it to taste with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Once that all gets crisp, I toss in a bit of roasted and fried peppers, let them warm up for a second, and then in go the eggs.
That’s it, once the eggs are cooked, onto the bread they go. Slice the Sandwich in half and you are ready to eat. I guess you can add cheese, but I have never found the need for it, your call of course.
The great thing is, this is fantastic for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. It could be served hot or cold. Try letting it sit overnight in the fridge and then having it for breakfast or lunch, and see what I mean. It only gets better!
I love fresh mozzarella, absolutely love it, maybe more than bacon even, and that’s saying a lot. When it comes to making a sandwich it is almost always my base. Like bacon, or avocado it goes with just about anything.
Lately I have been on, what I guess you can call, a rustic kick. Nothing too crazy, give me some fresh Italian or a crusty bread, some cheese, a few toppings, maybe a smoked meat or two, or 10, and I would be a happy fellow. The toppings don’t have to be anything too complex or fancy: say some sun-dried tomatoes, sliced onion, roasted or fried / roasted peppers (sweet for me), touch of salt, some olive oil, maybe a dash of Balsamic or Malt, and I’m in heaven.
I do have to try wrapping it up in paper, tying it with twine and let the flavors mingle. Once I have the time to make one the night before and bring it to work, I will be doing this for sure. Or even better, for home at least: dig out the old Panini press and toast it up!
If we are playing up the rustic lunch thing, or it’s dinner, why not add a glass of red wine, or a Saison, unless anyone has other suggestions for refreshments? After that, there is nothing left to do but sit down and watch the sunset.
We have pretty much been binge watching Doctor Who on BBC America for a week straight at this point. After that long you start asking questions, like what beer would go good with show, and do I finally have a blog topic to post about?
Gotta get those enzymes working proper again.
Now saying Bell’s Two Hearted Ale would be the obvious choice. Though it is a US beer, and if I have learned nothing over the week, if it is not British its not going to fly. Where too now then eh? I am thinking something quintessentially British something classic, timeless and most importantly something quirky. In my mind at least it has to be from, Fuller’s, Samuel Smith, or Young’s.
But what though, Fuller’s Vintage Old Ale or London Porter? They certainly have the timeless and old thing going for them..
A Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout? Classic but kinda quirky, certainly a solid nomination.
For my choice though i am taking the quirky to the max: Well’s and Young’s, Banana Bread Beer. On the surface kinda kid friendly but for adults, weird as all get out, but actually works and comes together as something quite unforgettable in a good way.
For the folks at home, what would you go with?