Eggs with ham

Potato Bake

This potato bake recipe is now my family’s favorite. It’s great for brunch on Sundays.

Ingredients

1 bag frozen fried potatoes ( store bought)

1 cup of milk

Deli Ham or deli turkey or pre cooked sausage or deli sausage

Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Onion ( white or yellow onion, diced)

Sweet peppers

1 Tablespoon butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Set oven to 400F degrees. Place the potato fries on a baking dish. Set aside.

Add 1 TBSP butter to a pan at medium heat. When butter has melted add the deli Ham ( or turkey or sausage.) Let it cook until it starts to brown on the edges. Add onions and sweet peppers ( optional ) and continue to saute until all ingredients are mixed in and well cooked. Add the warm cup of milk and mix well. Let the mix continue to cook until the milk starts to simmer. Pour the mix over the potatoes on the baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese ( lots !!)

Let it bake for 40 minutes. Check the cheese and if it has completely melted you may add some more or parmesan cheese.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Fried Eggs and What My Mom Used to Say..

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Fried Eggs

Growing up, our Mom used to say: “That girl doesn’t even know how to fry an egg.” That is actually a popular expression in Colombia to refer to novice home cooks. So as I grew up I often wondered, what is it about fried eggs? As I met unwanted challenges in the kitchen, I remember intentionally “not” making fried eggs; I would make: Scrambled eggs, omelets, boiled eggs; Never fried eggs. Time has passed. I have forgotten that fateful phrase and freed myself from the memory. Now my Mom and her saying just put a grin on my face. If you have ever been intimidated by any saying {or recipe} in the past, I hope this entry has helped some.

Fried Egg Recipe

Tips:

  • For best results when frying eggs, start with cold oil or butter. Let the oil or butter heat up as it cooks the egg. That tip has saved me from sticky eggs every time.
  • The other easy trick that is really the simplest is: Always make fried eggs in a non-stick pan. This will make the amount of oil or butter irrelevant, and you will always have the same great results.

Recipe: Add oil or butter to the pan. Crack the egg and add it to the pan. Flip the egg when you see it hardening. Add a pinch of salt at the end. Serve and enjoy. How many minutes you leave the egg cooking will impact how hard or soft it will be. I usually like my fried eggs to cook for 6-8 minutes.

Variations of this recipe:

  • Add some ham to the oil or butter before adding the egg.
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Cooking Ham before Adding the Egg

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Add 2 eggs if you want, or if you are hungrier than usual. 🙂

 

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Two Fried Eggs

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Egg after Turning on the Pan

 

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Fried Egg on the Plate

In the end I came to terms with fried eggs; I can say my fear of Fried Eggs has been conquered and “This girl does know how to fry an egg.” 🙂

Tortilla, a Spanish Word with Two Meanings

 

My Mexican friends and those from Spain may both speak Spanish, but they don’t mean the same when they say “Tortilla.” 🙂 In Spain ‘tortilla’ is a mix of beaten eggs and anyone of the following: Veggies, cold cuts, beef, chicken or even fish. You may think ‘omelet’ but Spain is very particular about Tortillas and they would rather have you not mistake them for omelets. They are delicious, by the way! On the other hand, corn and flour tortillas are at the heart of Mexican cuisine.

Here is my take on two recipes which may help explain (or so I hope.)

Spanish Tortilla (from Spain)

  • Ingredients:

1 egg per person, cooked potatoes cut in cubes, diced white onion (about 1/4), 1 diced tomato, 2 slices of ham, cubed. Salt to taste.

  • Directions

Start by adding 1 tsp of butter to a pan. Add the onions. When the onions are starting to turn clear, add the diced tomato. Cook for a minute and then add the potatoes, and the ham. Mix well and let it saute for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs. I like to experiment, so I add 1 whole egg and then I beat the other eggs before mixing them all in. 🙂

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In the end of this step, it should look like this:

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Turn when you see the eggs starting to cook completely

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Turn once again and serve! 🙂

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Spanish Tortilla or Tortilla de Patatas

My Mexican corn tortilla recipe is extremely easy to make and it is wonderful for breakfast, snack, light lunch or even dinner, accompanying a main dish. It can even be a dessert if you sprinkle the ending folded tortilla with brown sugar and cinnamon.

  • Ingredients

3 corn tortillas per person (they’ll want more…), cheese (you may use mozzarella, queso fresco, queso cotija or queso panela.) 2-4 TBSP canola oil. Salt.

  • Directions

Start by heating up the oil in a pan. Add the corn tortillas and let them stand against each other as shown in this image below. You will see them softening and at that point, you may add the cheese in the center.

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Fold them and let them continue frying.

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Turn them to make sure they’re golden brown on each side. Serve and enjoy! 🙂

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Mexican Quesadillas Fritas (made with corn tortillas)

Ham with Eggs

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Yes. “Ham with Eggs”, not eggs with ham. The star ingredient is the ham. This easy recipe is perfect for cold winter mornings (and all other seasons too.) It’s perfect for one or for a family crowd. Simple,  balanced in flavor, inviting, calling out: “HOME!” (Hint: This recipe works best using non-stick pans.)

1. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter to a hot pan. Add 1 to 3 slices of honey ham cut into pieces and keep the pan going at medium heat.

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2. Beat some eggs and add them to the pan. Consider adding 1 egg per person.

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3. Let this marvelous yet simple ‘ham with eggs’ combination take its course. Lower heat to medium low half-way through, until done. Add salt to taste.

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4. Serve! Take the pan to the table (my preference..) Or transfer to a serving plate.

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Enjoy with some bread and hot coffee.. For breakfast or brunch, a flavor to enjoy relaxing at home.. 🙂