Basil Bacon Hash
Breakfast. I know to some it’s the “most important meal of the day” but to others it’s just a big headache. I grew up hating breakfast. I always woke up right before I needed to be somewhere so scheduling in time to eat was a no-go. Plus, what kid wants food over sleep? As I got older I stayed in the habit of not eating breakfast and eventually it just sort of stuck. Getting out of a habit is HARD! Habits are warm and comfortable and wrap themselves around you like a Snuggie. Change is cold and hard and sometimes feels like that overbearing house guest that won’t go away. No thank you, I like warm and cozy.
However, the habit of not eating breakfast is a horrible habit and I needed to change! Now that I’m a somewhat functioning adult (I have my moments) I have realized it’s time to get rid of all those bad breakfast habits. I know it sounds utterly ridiculous to complain about how hard it is to remember to eat in the morning but I’m going too! It’s taken me months to get myself accustomed to eating breakfast. Some days it’s nothing more than cereal and other days I get fancy. It really just depends on how my morning is going and how much energy I feel like using first thing in the day.
Now on those mornings where I have energy to spare you better watch out! I will cook up a storm and devour it all with a smile on my face. And that is exactly where this hash comes into play. I have always loved potatoes and when you throw in bacon my heart just explodes with happiness. So, I busted out my 8-inch premium non-stick frying pan and got to working on a hash that not only gave me big time flavor but was filling too. The 8-inch Premium Stainless Steel Skillet is great for cooking for 1 or 2. In this case I just cooked things in batches so I didn’t have to dirty more than 1 skillet and everything came out perfect. I know the skillet looks small but you can easily feed 2 people out of this recipe – trust me!
To start off you want to dice up thick sliced bacon and fry it until crisp in the pan. Then you throw in your potatoes and cook over medium-low heat until the potatoes are perfectly golden brown. The best part about using this pan is that because it’s nonstick you don’t have to worry about sticking potatoes. Which can be a real hassle to clean! After that you throw in some basil, add in the bacon and top with a delicious fried egg. Now, I know I told you this recipe makes enough for 2 (and it does!) but if you happen to be really hungry I’m willing to bet you could eat this whole pan without even sharing.
But, you know what they say – sharing is caring. Especially when it comes to breakfast!
Bacon Basil Potato Hash
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
4 slices thick cut bacon, diced
3/4 pound baby red potatoes, halved
Kosher salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
2 large eggs, fried
1. Add diced bacon to your skillet and set over medium heat. Cook until crispy and browned.
2. Remove bacon from your skillet and scoop onto a paper towel lined plate. The paper towel helps soak up any remaining bacon fat.
3. Keep the bacon grease in the skillet and add in the potatoes. Season with desired amount of kosher salt and pepper and stir to combine.
4. Lower the heat to medium low and cook the potatoes, stirring often, until they are fork tender and browned, about 20 minutes. The total cooking time of the potatoes will depend on how large they are. Remember to not cook your potatoes on too high of a heat or the outside will burn while the inside will still be raw. Patience is key.
5. Once your potatoes are ready add in the basil and bacon. Stir to combine.
6. To serve divide between 2 plates and top each plate with a fried egg.