COWBOY BREAKFAST SKILLET
Last Saturday was a busy day. After breakfast we knew we’d have no real time to eat again until that night. So we threw together the biggest, most protein and fat packed meal we could possibly conceive. It was enough food to keep a cowboy full for hours…believe me, I feed one. It’s the usual suspects here: eggs, sweet potatoes, sausage, cilantro and avocado. I was inspired by our Baked Bibimbap to make a baked version of Huevoes Rancheros. Runny yolks oozing alongside crispy, sweet potatoes and salty sausage. I’m sorry if you’re bored by my constant use of these ingredients, but I obviously am not bored (and I’m not sorry either :p). They can do no wrong in my book.
- 1 lb breakfast sausage
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
- 5 eggs
- 1 avocado, diced
- handful cilantro
- hot sauce
- raw cheese, optional
- s & p
Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
In an oven safe skillet, we used cast iron, crumble and brown the sausage over medium heat.
Once it’s brown, use a slotted spoon to remove the sausage and let it hang out while we cook the sweet potatoes. Try to reserve as much of the grease as possible.
Toss the sweet potatoes into the sausage grease and let them get crispy and cooked through.
Add the sausage back into the pan.
Make a few wells in the pan–one well for each egg. Crack your eggs into the wells.
Place the skillet in the oven. We’re just baking the skillet long enough for the eggs to set, about 5 minutes.
Now, turn the oven to broil and hit up the top side of the eggs for a few minutes, but don’t let the yolk cook all the way through–unless you don’t like runny yolks. But man, oh man, the runny yolks go down really nicely with the crispy sweet potatoes. Just sayin’.
Remove the pan from the oven and douse the whole thing with avocado, cilantro and hot sauce.
Serve by scooping out an egg, along with its neighboring goodies, with a large spoon.