May 7, 2014

Breakfast for Dinner {Breakfast Hash}

I plan our meals a week at a time and also shop for the week ahead.  That's about as much as I can handle on one shopping trip, otherwise I get squinky.

Nigel Slater's Breakfast Hash | Ms. enPlace

And that ain't pretty.

Sometimes even planning a week of meals fries my brain.  You'd think that I'd have a huge, outrageously long list of food to try.

Nigel Slater's Breakfast Hash | Ms. enPlace

And, well, I do.

But you don't think I actually use it, do you?
Most of the time I have no clue what to cook.

Nigel Slater's Breakfast Hash | Ms. enPlace

Nights like that usually call for Breakfast for Dinner.
You know, Brinner.

It's easy, cheap, and full of lots of possibilities.
Sweet like pancakes or Pain Perdu.
Or savory like this Breakfast Hash from Nigel Slater.

Nigel Slater's Breakfast Hash | Ms. enPlace

Served with a fruit salad, this made made a filling and easy (breakfast for) dinner.

Slater uses "herby sausages."  I used 1/2 pound of breakfast sausage.  He cracks eggs over the hash, making them sort of a cross between poached and fried.  Or at least I imagine.  I don't eat runny eggs.  So my hash had scrambled on top.

With hot sauce on top of that.

Here's the original recipe.

My version:

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Breakfast Hash
adapted from Nigel Slater

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 lb breakfast sausage (I used hot)
1/2 tsp ground sage
1 onion, sliced
1 large Irish potato, including skin
2-3 eggs
hot sauce
1 Tbsp chopped parsley

Add the oil and butter to a skillet.  Heat over medium.  When the butter gets foamy, add the sausage and sage.  Brown, breaking the meat up as it cooks.  Add the onion and stir to combine.

Meanwhile, grate the potato onto a clean dishtowel.  Wrap the grated potato in the towel and squeeze the water out over the sink.

When the sausage has completely browned and the onion has softened, add in the potato.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the potato has softened.

While the potato cooks, scramble the eggs.  Top the hash with the eggs, shake on some hot sauce, sprinkle on the parsley, and serve.

This post is part of I Heart Cooking Clubs Weeknight Favorites.


  1. Hi Michelle,
    I like your "brinner"!
    Breakfast for dinner sounds really good to me!
    And with eggs, sausage and potato is already a winner!
    Sometimes my mind just go blank when it comes to menu planning too! :)

  2. We LOVE breakfast for dinner! This hash would be a welcome addition to our usual rotating fare of eggs and bacon or waffles.
    Nice choice. I am loving the Nigel recipes,

  3. Hey Michelle,
    My potato lovin honey will enjoy this! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I don't do runny eggs either, Michelle!! No way!! This sounds so easy and perfect for those times when you don't know what to make!

  5. This looks yummy (although I would have gone with the runny egg yolks hah!) ;-) I love the sage in it. Breakfast for dinner is always a winner. (Hey I'm a poet!!)

  6. Ya gotta love a good hash ... I like mine spicy !

  7. I love breakfast for dinner. It always seems so special and sneaky!

  8. Oh that looks good! I often make French toast when I don't feel like sticking to the meal plan, but a savoury breakfast for dinner would go over very well here, especially with runny egg yolks ;)!

  9. I try to plan a week ahead but I rarely stick to it LOL

    Your breakfast hash would be wonderful for dinner here (with margarine, not butter as we don't mix chicken/meat with dairy).

    We never eat here sausage or potato for breakfast....

  10. Since a have to cook just only for me during the week, this would perfectly fit into my "meal-plan" ;-)

  11. For a start I have to thank you for two awesome new words to add to my vocabulary - squinky and brinner :-)

    I can totally relate to that not knowing what to have for dinner feeling, and that's usually when I resort to something breakfast inspired too. This hash would be just perfect for those occasions, though I'm with Deb - I'd be all over the runny eggs.

  12. You would think planning meals would be easy for gals like us, but it certainly isn't, is it? I think we just have too many ideas running through our minds! One of my favorite ways to enjoy breakfast is by making up a hash with whatever is in the fridge. I love the looks of this one. Extra hot sauce for me:)


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