It has been a few days since I meant to post this post. I would ask for your forgiveness, but I’m sure you totally understand how busy I have been with trying to make friends who aren’t dogs in my new city. As anticipated, progress is slow.
I mean, I guess I could have written this post on that one night where I pretty much only moved from the bed to the couch to retrieve the Wii-mote and drag it back to my lair, but whatever. I was busy.
Anyway, I’m here now.
I made this breakfast for my mom last week as she helped me unpack my things and get settled. I believe her exact thoughts on the dish went something like this:
“This is the best breakfast thing I’ve ever eaten.”
Did you hear that? Best breakfast thing ever. That’s a strong category to compete in, folks. You’ve got the fluffy pancakes, fancy omelettes, stacks of waffles with all kinds of syrup and whipped cream oozing out of them, that fucking French toast that everybody (except for me) thinks is awesome... the list goes on.
To put things into perspective, my mother knows very little about cooking. She’s the kind of person who tastes an egg and makes some ridiculous comment like “oh yes, this is good. I taste cinnamon.” She’s much better suited to consuming the food than cooking it, but in the realm of “tastes good” and “tastes bad,” she has her shit together.
So trust my mom. She knows what’s good for us, people. And what’s good for us is potatoes cooked in bacon grease.
You. Are. Welcome.
- 4 slices bacon
- ½ large onion, diced.
- 1 lb red potatoes, washed and diced into 1/8 in cubes
- 1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 1 sweet bell pepper, diced (I used an orange one, but you can use whatever you have)
- 1 Tbsp butter
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 ½ tsp chopped fresh thyme
Cook the bacon in a large cast-iron or oven-safe skillet. Remove, leaving bacon grease in the pan. Place the potatoes in the pan and cook in bacon grease for ~20 minutes, covered over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally.
Preheat oven to 400.
Raise heat to medium, add butter. Add garlic, peppers and onions, cook uncovered until softened, 6-8 minutes more. Crumble bacon, add back into pan. Season with salt & pepper. Make 4 wells for the eggs. Crack eggs into wells, transfer to oven. Bake for ~12 minutes, until eggs are set. Garnish with thyme.