Chicken and Apple Sausage Hash with Fried Eggs Sunny Side Up
- 3 cups 1/2-inch diced potatoes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3/4 cup chopped yellow onions
- 6 tablespoons chopped green bell peppers
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Essence or Creole Seasoning, recipe follows
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Fried Eggs Sunny Side Up, recipe follows
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme, for garnish
- Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- Fried Eggs Sunny Side Up:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 large eggs
- Freshly ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan, place the potatoes and enough salted water to cover by 1-inch. Bring to a boil and cook until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring, until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. To the fat in the pan, add the onions and bell peppers and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the potatoes, thyme, Essence, salt, and pepper and stir well. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring only occasionally, until the potatoes turn golden brown and are starting to crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Return the sausage to the pan, stir well, and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, to taste. (Cover to keep warm until ready to assemble the final dish.)
To serve, divide the hash among 4 large plates and top each serving with 1 fried egg. Garnish each plate with chopped fresh parsley and a thyme sprig and serve immediately.Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.Fried Eggs Sunny Side Up:
In 2 medium skillets, melt 1 tablespoon of butter each over medium-high heat. (Alternatively, use 1 large skillet.) When the butter is foamy, carefully crack 2 eggs into each skillet and season lightly with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the whites are firm, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.
Remove the pans from the heat and immediately transfer the eggs to plates and serve.
Yield: 4 eggs