~Molly & Jamie At the Green Market~
From Food Stylist Molly:
Springtime at the farmer’s market is always an exciting thing. The reemergence of things that are green! And flowers! And sunshine! Somehow, year after year, the novelty never wears off.
Eggs, which are at their peak this time of year, are everywhere! It’s very easy to find all different kinds of eggs at the market: chicken, duck and quail are generally around. You can also find pullet eggs which are the smaller chicken eggs only available this time of year. I get so taken away with all of the different shapes and sizes and colors that I generally buy a sampling of them all!
Eggs are particularly awesome because they are a cheap source of protein and quick to make. They’re a good thing to have in your back pocket. If you know how to cook an egg, you’re golden.
Here we’ve made some old-school eggs and potatoes, dressing them up just a bit. We had some duck fat in the kitchen so we fried our potatoes in the fat to make some especially delicious breakfast potatoes. You can sometimes buy duck or chicken fat at poultry purveyors at farmer’s markets or in specialty stores. If you don’t have or want to use duck fat then olive oil will work just as well.
We’ve cooked our eggs sunny-side-up, but feel free to make them however you (or whoever’s lucky enough to be getting breakfast in bed) like them.
- 2 potatoes (we used Russet), cut into rough 1” cubes
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- few springs thyme, leaves removed
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- duck fat (or olive oil)
- salt and pepper
- eggs- however you like ‘em
Place the cut potatoes in cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and set aside.
Heat a skillet or saute over medium-high heat. Add a spoonful of duck fat or a glug of olive oil. Add the onions and saute, stirring only occasionally, until they have softened and have some nice dark charring. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add another hefty spoonful of fat to the skillet and add your boiled potatoes. Cook until golden and crispy on all sides, about 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Return the onions to the pan and add the thyme leaves, cayenne and paprika. Stir to incorporate and cook until just heated through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cook your eggs to your liking.
Place on top of the hot, toasty potatoes and dig in!
~ Recipe and words by Food Stylist, Molly Shuster. Photography FromMeToYou.
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