This easy dish has its origins from Ancient Spanish Ships traversing across the seas – but for me, this dish is what my mom used to make for breakfast when I was in luck and when we had left over potatoes, whether they were boiled or oven roasted. Easy quick meal I make for myself for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
She never liked being called Gertie, but we always loved her egg special for breakfast.
- Left over oven roasted (preferred by me) or boiled potatoes – any kind
- 1-2 eggs per person
- 1 onion sliced thin
- 1 bell pepper (optional)
- 1 garlic clove minced (optional)
- salt and pepper
- red chili flakes (optional)
- a few shakes of hot sauce (optional)
- fresh parsley minced (for garnish when plating)
- large skillet
- olive oil and butter
- I have done this many times with raw potatoes which I suggest slicing and cutting very small, so that they cook up easily and quickly – though this will add at least 10 minutes to the cooking time.
- Take eggs out of refrigerator to get off chill.
- In skillet add a drizzle of olive oil and a little dab of butter
- Cut up left over potatoes into 1-1/2 inch sized chunks and put into skillet.
- Add thinly sliced or diced onions and bell pepper if using.
- Let brown and turn over to brown potatoes on the other sides.
- Once potatoes are nearly browned to your hearts content you can add eggs.
- There are two (2) ways you can do this – my photo shows both. You can either crack an egg on a pile of potatoes so that the egg gets fried sitting on top of the potatoes and when removing from skillet, you scoop up both potatoes and fried egg.
- Or – which is what my mother did – is crack the eggs over the potatoes, let cook for two minutes, then with spatula, ‘break’ yolks and start turning entire potatoes and eggs over each other creating a sort of fried egg/scrambled egg concoction.
- Cook eggs for as long as you like – I prefer soft and slightly still runny (but that is me – and don’t yell at me for adding ketchup!)
- Plate eggs and potatoes and garnish dish with fresh minced parsley and serve with toast – add sausage, ham or bacon if you would like.
- Photo shows both ways of cooking eggs – as both are super delicious.
- Enjoy this easy way to upcycle cooked potatoes from the night before.