Kicked-Up Country Breakfast

Total Time:
50 min
20 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 1/2 pound pork sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, more as needed
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green or red bell peppers
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 large Idaho potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • Hot toast, or tortillas, accompaniment
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 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 leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Heat an electric skillet or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring to crumble, until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the butter, and when melted, add the onions, bell peppers, 1 teaspoon of the Essence, the hot sauce, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the potatoes (and additional butter if needed to prevent sticking), and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the parsley and chicken stock, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the potatoes are soft and stock is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  • With a spoon, make 4 indentations in the mixture, and break an egg into each. Cover and cook until the eggs are set, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle the eggs with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of Essence and the cheese. Serve immediately with hot toast or tortillas.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  • Yield: about 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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