I don’t know about you, but I follow Serious Eats on Face Book. I haven’t tried any of their recipes until now. I saw this post about trying to find “… those perfect, crisp home fries …”; I thought I’d give them a go.
Now, normally I don’t buy small New Potatoes or Fingerlings either, I go for Yukon Gold or Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, but I went for it and got a small pound and a half bag of Baby Red Potatoes. In addition, rather than use Poblano Peppers, I used up the last of my Mini Sweet Peppers and some Sweet White Onions. Oh and one more deviation from the original recipe, sorry Kenji, but rather than heating the pan with Vegetable Oil, I used some of my rendered Bacon fat, I mean come on man, what doesn’t taste better than anything cooked in Bacon fat, I ask ya?! I always have a small container of Bacon fat in the refrigerator, I even made one up for my Mother.
I got a jump start on our Sunday Brunch by par-boiling the potatoes on Saturday, quartering them and tossing them in some neutral oil. Once they were cooled, I wrapped the bowl and stash them in the `fridge over night.
This past Sunday’s Brunch was easy-peasy. I had some leftover Bacon (WHAT?!) that I reheated in the microwave oven, got some toast goin’ on as well as poached eggs and then I finished off the `taters.
Meh, they were okay I suppose, but I really prefer Home Fries prepared my way better. These were not as creamy on the inside as my par-baked and then chilled (over night) Yukon Gold or Baby Dutch suds. Maybe I’ll give this technique one more chance with my tuber of choice.
DH and I don’t go out to breakfast very often, but we started talking about The Lone Spur Café and how we hadn’t been there for breakfast in a really long time. So, let’s go!
I’ll go first. This is my favorite breakfast/Sunday Brunch item of all times! This is the Cowboy Benedict. You’ll get 2 Biscuits topped with a generously thick slice of Smoked Ham, two Basted Eggs, Country Gravy (don’t let that throw ya though, it’s the best Sausage Gravy I’ve ever flipped a lip over!) along with a side of either Country Potatoes or Hash browns. I had the half order with Hash browns and I wound up taking most the Potatoes home.
DH enjoyed the Ham Steak & Eggs. This a nice sized hunk-o-Smoked Ham, 2 Eggs (although that looks more like THREE Eggs to me) cooked to order and your choice of Country Potatoes or Hash browns. DH had the “regular sized order” with the Country Potatoes and scrambled, but you can get a larger “Cowboy size”.
We were both stuffed to the gills, so we went across the street to the Court House Square to walk it off. Ya gotta love small towns!
This may sound lame, but do you ever get stuck for an idea for Sunday Brunch? I do. Saturday night I start to think about what I’m going to make for the next day, not just brunch, but then I do this every night, HA! I woke up this Sunday and remembered that my Mom would put either Chives, fresh, if she had them or dried from a jar, or fresh Green Onions. Hmm.
I spied a value sized bag of Pillsbury® Grands™ Southern Style Biscuits in my deep freeze, very convenient. Yes, I do make on occasion, albeit a special occasion, from scratch Buttermilk Biscuits, using this recipe from the Blue Jean Chef®, thank you Meredith Laurence, they’re absurdly scrumptious.
Okay, now what shall we do with those you ask? Let’s stuff them!
I popped our biscuits in the oven; in the meantime I gathered together our stuffing ingredients. I’ve got thinly sliced Ham, meant for sandwiches, sliced Provolone Cheese (`cuz that what I had) and some dried snipped Chives. A dab abutter in the fry pan and we’re off. Crisp up the ham first, then set them aside topped with your cheese. Beat the Eggs well and make something like a plain Omelette, topped with a goodly sprinkling of the Chives. Split the biscuits and fill to your liking.
Some diced fresh Tomatoes for DH, a glass of Juice and we’re all set to tuck in.
[photo courtesy of Prescott Donut Factory]
Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! in my world) those were the best donuts I have had in a very long while! I mean, come on, how GREAT does that look?!
My husband and I have driven past this place a gazillion times and every time I’d say, “We NEED to go there.” Well, on Saturday DH said, “Okay, we’ll go for Sunday Brunch.”
Prescott Donut Factory
So much to choose from! It took awhile, but I went for the Devil’s Food Cake with Coconut sprinkles and Chocolate Glazed Vanilla Old Fashion.
My husband went for an Apple Fritter and a Buttermilk Glazed Bar.
We shared the 4 donuts between us, A~MAZ~ING! Just wish we had gone earlier so we could have tried the Bear Claws; they were already sold out by the time we got there at 9 o’clock.
Oh, and don’t forget the coffee, it’s pretty darn good.