There is the wonderful scene in the movie Spanglish, where the husband/chef played by Adam Sandler, after a long, hard day in the kitchen at his acclaimed restaurant, prepares the perfect midnight snack — a fried egg sandwich. He is only cooking for himself, but every maneuver is so graceful, so lovingly executed. That scene sticks with me, and when tempted to cook breakfast for myself by merely warming up a slice of cold pizza, I remember that scene, and every once in a while, treat myself to the same loving, nurturing food that I give to my family. This morning, I savored every moment of in the making of baked eggs and sweet potato home fries, just for me and no one else. Would you like to treat yourself to some (food) self-love? If so, I hope you'll enjoy this recipe. xox
1 large sweet potato, chopped into cubes
1/4 c. red onion, chopped
1 T. bacon grease (or butter)
2 T. olive oil
1 slice ham, chopped fine
1 leaf basil, chopped fine
1 T. grated or shredded parmesan
1 T. butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the sweet potatoes in a medium bowl, and add 1/4 cup water. Microwave for 5 minutes.
Heat skillet over medium high heat, adding bacon grease and olive oil. Drain microwaved sweet potatoes, pat dry and add to skillet, along with the onion. Cook covered for first 4 minutes, then cook until your desired doneness. As you can see from the photo at left, I like mine really caramelized, so total cooking time for these homefries was 12 minutes. Drain on paper towel and salt to taste.
Start the baked eggs. In microwave, melt butter in a small baking dish (I used a large flan dish.) Layer basil, ham, and cheese in the baking dish.
Carefully break the 2 eggs over the other ingredients. Cook for 12-15 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. I like the yolks to be runny, so I cooked my eggs for 12 minutes. Garnish with basil if desired.