Hi. Hello. How are you?
So yeah, it’s been a pretty run-of-the-mill April. Books, great TV shows, kettle chips. All very average.
- So many Slow Fires leftovers. Mainly Farro Porridge with Sweet and Savory Winter Antipasto (aka beets, carrots, apples and pears), Roasted Squash and Shallots, Caramelized Five-Onion Soup, and Grilled Pork Chops Brined with Lemon & Spices and then coated with a cochon spice mixture.
- Breakfast for dinner because I made way too many pancakes on Sunday
- Macaroni & Cheese with cilantro pesto and red peppers from the freezer
- Slow Fires’ Old-World Polenta with pork sausage ragu
- Smitten Kitchen’s Shaved Asparagus Pizza (sub ramps!!!!!)
Lots of spring love from your favorite farmin’ gal,
MASHED POTATO FRITTER BENEDICT
This is a meal that uses a lot of pans. I always try to use the minimum number of dishes possible but that’s just difficult here. What I’m saying is, you are going to end this meal with plenty of dirty dishes. This meal also includes a couple fancy techniques. I really hate doing this to you, but some meals are worth it. This brunch is certainly one of those meals. And by the end you’ll know how to make fritters and hollandaise sauce (and have a new simple technique for making bacon) so please forgive me. I hope you have great success and fall even deeper in love with Sunday brunch.
Takes 50 minutes (more if you have to make mashed potatoes first)
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, cold is fine (actually it’s better)
8 kale leaves, stemmed and finely chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
8 eggs, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
2-4 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
8 pieces bacon, preferably thick-cut
2 teaspoons cold water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
Cayenne pepper, optional, to taste
- Prepare mashed potato fritters. Combine leftover mashed potatoes, kale, garlic, breadcrumbs, 2 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl until well-mixed. The batter will be pretty wet.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Add bacon. Place in non-preheated oven. Set oven temperature to 400 degrees and timer to 20 minutes. Check after 18 minutes if using regular (non-thick cut) bacon. Remove to a paper towel to drain grease.
- Drain majority of bacon grease and add asparagus to baking sheet. Sprinkle with a a generous amount of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes.
- Add bacon to In a large skillet (preferably cast-iron or something that can go in the oven), heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat until it glistens. Add a 1/4 cup of batter (it can be heaping) into 4 piles with some room between them. You don’t want them to be crowded so if you can’t fit the 4 then just do a few more batches.
- Reduce heat to medium low and cook until the bottom of the fritter is golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Flip gently and then press down with your spatula to make a pancake. Cook another 4-5 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Place on a paper towel, add remaining vegetable oil to pan (if you need it) and repeat with remaining batter.
- Prepare the hollandaise. We use the Julia Child hollandaise recipe because it turns out perfectly every single time. If you need a little more guidance on hollandaise, just click here.
- Separate two yolks into a small bowl (that will fit a top a small saucepan like a makeshift double boiler; if you have a double boiler, I guess you could use that but I have zero experience with these fancy things). Add lemon juice and water to egg yolks. Whisk off heat until pale and just beginning to thicken.
- Fill a small saucepan with 1/2-inch of water. Place on a burner and turn to high. Once boiling, reduce water to a simmer and place bowl of egg yolks, lemon and water on pan. Whisk the eggs over the heat. They will continue to thicken and grow in volume. As this happens, add the butter while continuing to whisk. Keep whisking over the heat until mixture takes on desired consistency. It should be thick and creamy so that as you move the whisk through it, the mixture holds it’s shape every so slightly.
- Remove hollandaise and allow to cool.
- Turn oven heat up to 500 degrees. Roast asparagus 5 minutes longer until blackened in spots. Turn off heat, but leave asparagus in oven. Add fritters and bacon to oven while cooking eggs to bring back to temperature heat.
- Cook eggs to desired preparation. We fried ours to over medium. Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve! Place two fritters on plate. Add two bacon halves to each fritter followed by egg. Top with hollandaise, a dash of salt and pinch of cayenne. Serve with side of roasted asparagus.