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.
- Heat some oil in a skillet and put the hash brown patties in the skillet for about 5 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Put cheese on top. We added cheddar and pepper jack. Cover and let cook until cheese is melted.
- 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?