19 October 2013

Soft-poached Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash Browns



“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.” 

A.A. Milne



I love breakfast! I think of toast & marmalade, soft boiled eggs & soldiers, freshly squeezed orange juice, crispy bacon, fluffy pancakes with lashings of maple syrup, eggs benedict topped with creamy hollandaise, golden crispy hash browns, Friday breakfasts all over town, pain au chocolat, freshly brewed coffee, lazy Sunday mornings, eggs every which way, Queenie’s Turkish eggs, buttery flaky croissants.



It sets my up for the day, feeds the brain & the soul.

I am partial to eggs....boiled, scrambled & poached.  These poached eggs come on top of sweet potato hash browns & bright, fresh spears of asparagus.  Crunchy, sweet, a little spice, a little green & that perfectly poached egg make for a tasty breakfast.

These eggs were the perfect contribution to this week’s I Heart Cooking Clubs with Donna Hay which is Up & At ‘Em & all things breakfast.

Soft-poached Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash Browns, adapted slightly from donnahay.com.au

Serves 4

Ingredients

300g sweet potato or kumura, peeled & grated
Pinch chilli flakes
6 eggs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
Bunch asparagus, trimmed & blanched*
Salt & pepper

*Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Snap the ends of the asparagus to remove any woody stems. Add the asparagus to the boiling water & reduce the heat to medium high. Cook for 1-3 minutes depending on the thickness of the spears. Removed the asparagus from the water & refresh under cold water.


Directions

Place the sweet potato, 2 eggs, a pinch of salt & pepper in a bowl & mix well to combine. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook ¼ cups of the sweet potato mixture for 2−3 minutes each side or until golden & crispy. Drain on kitchen paper & keep warm.



Heat a few centimetres of water in a deep frying pan over low heat until just simmering. Add the vinegar & use a wooden spoon to create a whirlpool. Crack each egg into a small bowl & slip each egg into the water. Poach the eggs for 3−4 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon & drain well. Top the hash browns with the asparagus & eggs. Season with salt & pepper & serve immediately.

Crisp sweet hash browns, fresh green asparagus & a perfectly poached eggs, the yellow yolk oozing a little golden river make for a bright, tasty & satisfying breakfast.  These hash browns would also be great with a little crispy bacon  which is always a good addition to any breakfast, bacon does after make all things better!





If you like this you might like this Sweet Potato Cakes
Three years ago Tabbouleh



Enjoy!

18 comments:

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    1. Thanks Lesley...they were pretty good & must be the easiest hash browns to throw together :)

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  2. Okay, I'm really impressed with people who can get this much going for a morning breakfast...lol. Real impressed! The photos alone are way beyond me of any given morning but such fun to see that you were inspired by it all. Every single item looks wonderfully delicious. Great choice, and one I am certain could be happening around here at a much more reasonable hour of the day...lol. The Winnie/Poo conversation was an adorable addition to this post. So cute.

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    1. Thanks Kayte... & this was a weekend effort! Most week day breakfasts are toast & a boiled egg at my desk! And yes I love the Pooh quote :)

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  3. WOW, such a lovely breakfast! Wish someone could pamper me with such breakfast as this! Looks so good! Cute Pooh!

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    1. Thanks Joyce....I wish I could be pampered too! But really this was quite quick to pull it all together :)

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  4. Gonna try this for brunch today - love weekends. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Julie, I love the weekends too...hopefully they are all like the Sunday that we just had! it felt like Summer :)

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  5. I love everything about this dish--the poached egg, crispy hash brown and crisp asparagus--yum! It makes for such a beautiful and colorful plate too. Great pick! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Deb....I reckon this is one I will go back to again & again...especially those hash browns, such a great way with sweet potatoes.

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  6. Eggs, asparagus and potatoes are such a great combination but I love the sound of this variation with the sweet potato. Looks beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Zosia, highly recommend the sweet potato hash browns...& so easy & speedy!

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  7. Oh my goodness...now that is a gorgeous breakfast! I am very partial to eggs. Something about them is so very welcoming and inviting. I love everything about this dish and you have plated it so pretty. Looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Kim, I think I'll be having it again soon...especially while we have asparagus!

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  8. Gorgeous, Mairi. I've never tried making hash browns with sweet potatoes, but I love the idea - an oozey poached egg and fresh asparagus are the perfect accompaniments. Love the Pooh quote :-)

    Great to catch up with you last week - hope to do it again some time soon xo

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    1. Thanks Sue, definitely recommend these sweet potato ones & so easy! Lovely to see you too & hope to see you soon xx

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  9. Love this Pooh quote, Mairi! And I especially love these runny eggs with hash browns. I can't wait to try hash browns with sweet potatoes - I know I'll love them. Thanks for the inspiration! Your photos are incredibly tempting, too.

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    1. I know it's adorable right? Pooh is always full of little gems of wisdon :) And these have to be the easiest hash browns I have ever come across!

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