Monday, November 26, 2007

kill-hunger (wicked big omelette)

This is based on an old peasant recipe--I don't remember the real name, but it loosely translated into English as "kill-hunger".

And it does. Believe me.

4 strips bacon OR 1/2 cup crumbled cooked sausage OR an equivalent amount of your favorite breakfast meat
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk or cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 onion, sliced thinly
1/4 bell pepper, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup of home fries, diced small (either use frozen or make your own from potatoes that have been boiled, then diced, then fried until crispy)
1/2 cup grated cheese

Salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.

First, beat the eggs with the milk or cream until frothy. Heat the oil. Saute the pepper, onion, and garlic until done to your liking (I prefer the onion and garlic just short of carmelized, and the pepper cooked enough that it isn't watery). Turn heat to high, add potatoes and breakfast meat, and more oil if needed, and fry until crisp. Turn the heat down and add the eggs, pouring them all around to get good coverage. Sprinkle the cheese on, cook gently until set, and then fold like an omelette.

Yes, this is basically a bacon-cheese-potato-sausage-onion-pepper-garlic omelette. Guaranteed to do just what the name says. Serve hot with crusty brown bread or pumpernickel and plenty of coffee.