Saturday, February 16, 2013

Patty Cakes: A Food Invention

I made a food invention today. They're nothing crazy or super-innovative, nothing with ingredients you haven't already eaten together. I call them patty cakes. 

It's one of those Saturdays where we're just working on things around the house... and then I remembered: "Oh, I guess we need to eat lunch." So, I looked in the fridge and freezer to see what I could scrounge up. And I found some hash brown patties in the freezer. So I decided to make breakfast for lunch with my patty cake invention. You can really just use whatever you have on hand in this recipe.

They're so easy. You'll need:
  • Hash brown patties (same number of patties as cakes you want to make)
  • Eggs (same number of eggs as cakes you want to make)
  • Cheese (optional, I used cheddar and pepper jack)
  • Salt & pepper (optional)
  • Other optional toppings include: sausage pieces, diced ham, bacon pieces, diced onion, diced green pepper, mushrooms, or anything else that you like to eat in your breakfast.

To do:
  1. Heat some oil in a skillet and put the hash brown patties in the skillet for about 5 minutes.
  2. Flip over the patties and heat the other side for another minute or two. Season with a little salt & pepper, if you want. Then flip back over.
  3. Try to make a little cut/hole/dip in the middle of each patty. It didn't work very well for me. It's ok if it gets messy. 
  4. Crack an egg on top of each patty and pull any runny egg goop back over onto the patty. Then flip each patty over until the eggs are cooked through. 
  5. After the egg is cooked, flip back over. Add any toppings you like—we added sausage and ham. Let cook for another minute or so.
  6. Put cheese on top. We added cheddar and pepper jack. Cover and let cook until cheese is melted. 
  7. Serve immediately. Hot and yummy. And only one skillet and one spatula to wash. Yes.
Do you have any recipes you've invented? What are they?


  1. Yum! Robert and I would love these!

  2. Try it out! It's so easy! :) Perfect for a quick meal when you've got a kiddo to take care of :)