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Papas con Huevo~ Mexican Brunch

The first thing I ever cooked as a newlywed 29 years ago was Papas con Huevo, a potato and egg scramble. It was probably one of the first things I learned to cook on my own as a teen. So, like clock work, every weekend when I would prepare  breakfast on the weekends, I would ask my husband what he would like for breakfast/brunch. His answer was always Papas con Huevo, lol! To this day, he still ask for that same dish. To keep the tradition of our weekend brunch, this was on the menu this morning. For today’s version, I added a little smoked ham that I had in the freezer as well. I always prepare extra for quick tacos the next day.

Papas con Huevo

 

Papas con Huevo

grapeseed oil or oil of your choice 

1 large russet potato, washed

1/3 to 1/2 cup white onion, diced

1/3 cup poblano or red bell pepper, diced

1  to 2 serrano or jalapeño, minced

3/4 cup cooked ham, diced

5 large eggs

salt and pepper to taste

Papas con Huevo

 

Directions

1. Decide how you want to cook your potato. When I am in a hurry, I wash the potato and pre-cook it in the microwave for 6 minutes, turning every 2 minutes.  Once it cools slightly, cut it into equal size pieces (chunks).

2. Preheat a 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to medium heat. Add potatoes and spread out evenly in the pan. Cover the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the potatoes as needed until golden and somewhat crispy. Season them lightly with salt and pepper as they brown.

3. Remove cover, add the onions, chile pepper and other peppers if using and cook for a few more minutes. Add ham and again cook for a few minutes to brown the ham. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and pour into the skillet. Reduce heat slightly, add a pinch of salt and pepper and slowly stir with with spatula until eggs are set and cooked through. Serve right away.   Garnish with salsa, queso fresco and avocado. Yields 4 servings.

Papas con Huevo

Try adding in some diced tomatoes and crumbled queso cotija.

 

Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole

Poblano Potato and Sausage  Casserole. A couple times a year my husband will bring home this 2 1/2 pound block of extra sharp cheese which happens to be made right here in New York. He forgets that there are only two of us and that he does not really like cheddar cheese, lol! It’s perfectly fine with me. The cheese comes in handy when I am cooking for a large group or need a dish to pass. Once a week, I volunteer to prepare a meal for a group of generous people that give their time to the community. Since I cannot be there in person to volunteer, I do it from my kitchen. I know that the meals are appreciated and I really enjoy the challenge of coming up with a new recipe every week. I do not prepare many casseroles, but they are a tasty, easy and convenient way to share a meal.

Poblano Sausage and Potato Casserole
Poblano Sausage and Potato Casserole
Any sandwich bread will work for this recipe, but try some french bread or bolillos for a heartier casserole.
Any sandwich bread will work for this recipe, but try some french bread or bolillos for a heartier casserole.
With just a little oil, you can brown the potatoes. Cover with lid while cooking and this will help steam and cook quicker.
With just a little oil, you can brown the potatoes. Cover with lid while cooking and this will help steam and cook quicker.

Ingredients

6 slices of sandwich bread (I used wheat), sliced into cubes
2 cups spicy italian sausage (I added turkey, diced
Olive oil
3 cups russet potato
1 sweet onion, diced

1 large poblano, sliced thin or diced
1 jalapeño, seeded, minced
2 1/2 cups extra sharp cheese, shredded
5 large eggs
2 1/4 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more for topping
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3  teaspoon pepper
Crushed oregano, optional

Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole. I had a small piece of red onion that I also added in just to use it up.
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread out sliced bread cubes onto baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 13 minutes or until crispy and dried out. Remove from oven and set aside.

2. Add the sausage to a pan with 1/4 cup water. Cover and heat to medium/low. Once the water evaporates, ad 1 tablespoon of olive oil and contniue cooking until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat to cool. Dice when cooled.

2. In a large skillet, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and heat to medium. Add the potatoes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover and continue to cook, stirring often, until potatoes are brown on most sides. Drain onto a large plate lined with paper towels. To that same skillet, ad 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the poblanos, onions and jalapeño. Cook for another 5  to 7 minutes or until the peppers/onions are soft. Remove from heat.

3. Add the toasted bread to the bottom of baking pan in an even layer. Add the sausage, potato mixture and 1 1/2 cups of cheese. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs milk, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and a little crush oregano and smoked parpika. Bake loosely covered with foil paper for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with your favorite salsa. Yields 8 to 10 servings.

Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole. If cooking for a smaller crowd, I like to bake individual casseroles for that special brunch.