Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Roasted cauliflower soup

The crispy topping of roasted cauliflower and croutons really makes this velvety soup unique. This is Tyler Florence's recipe for roasted cauliflower soup from his cookbook Tyler's Ultimate, which has a lot of great classics. Tyler calls for copious amounts of butter (3/4 cup!) and I'm sure that tastes lovely and very restaurant-like. To lighten things up, I reduced the butter content to four tablespoons in total and I thought the soup still tasted nice and creamy. I used two tablespoons of butter in the soup (instead of the recommended half cup/one stick!). For the topping, I used two tablespoons each of olive oil and butter instead of four tablespoons of butter. Lastly, I made my topping with baguette instead of brioche because that's what I had on hand.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cheesy any-time-of-the-day hash with fried egg

This is a great breakfast but I've enjoyed it for lunch and dinner too. It satisfies my urge for the holy trinity of potatoes, melted cheese and runny eggs that can strike at any time of the day!

Cheesy hash with fried egg
(serves two)

4 eggs
2 cups frozen traditional breakfast-style hash browns (McCain or Cavendish)
half an onion, diced
half a red pepper, diced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp herbes de Provence (or substitute chopped fresh thyme if you have it)
olive oil for frying
salt and pepper for seasoning
half a cup of grated cheddar cheese

Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium-low heat. Add the onion and red pepper and fry for five minutes until softened. Add the frozen hash browns and mix well. Add the paprika, herbes de Provence or fresh thyme, and salt and pepper. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Then let sit and allow to brown for a few minutes without stirring. Stir and repeat. Stir and repeat again if needed. The idea is to get a nice brown crispy crust on at least two sides of the potato cube.

In the meantime, fry the four eggs in olive oil sunnyside up in a separate skillet.

Once the hash has browned to your liking, take the skillet off the heat and set aside on a cold element. Scatter the cheese over the hash browns and cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid for two minutes or until the cheese has melted. Then remove the cover so that the potatoes don't get soggy.

Scoop some potato hash on a plate and top with two fried eggs.

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