Also known as the ever-popular catchphrase "What Would Ree Do?" (Yes, Ree Drummond is the new Messiah, haven't you heard. Her mission - to deliver us from take-out, tv dinners, and fat-free cooking.)
So yesterday, when I found myself on crutches due to what I can only imagine is a pulled groin muscle (I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. No jokes about me and the yeast getting wild and crazy. Really, talk about perfect timing. NOTE - if this confuses you, read the previous post.), I set my newly purchased edition of The Pioneer Woman Cooks on the floor, genuflected in front of it, and said, "Ree Drummond, queen of all things good and delicious. What would you do?"
Or so I thought. As I started to absentmindedly flip through the cookbook, checking my watch every few pages to see how much time had passed. (I decided I'd give her five minutes. Pioneer Women are busy. She might be in the middle of rounding up some cattle or cooking something delicious for Marlboro Man. And I wouldn't want to interfere with that.)
So I'm turning the pages. Turning turning turning. And then all of a sudden, they won't budge. And I mean, I know that my upper body strength is not what it ought to be. But a page in a cookbook? Really? Really?
I collapse on the floor in despair (how much of this was due to actual despair and how much was my knee giving out due to pain in my inner thigh is unclear) and in my hopelessness, glance down at the page that I am stuck on.
And there it was.
Ree Drummond wanted me to have breakfast for dinner.
And when Ree Drummond tells you to do something, especially if it's food-related. You do it.
Basic Breakfast Potatoes
Serves 4, adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks and PW's website
2 1/2 lb sweet potato
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork-tender. When they are done and cool enough to touch, dice them into 1-inch pieces.
Place potatoes in a large pot and cover entirely with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork tender. When they are ready, place the potatoes on a cutting board and dice them into 1-inch pieces. Next cut up an onion into a large, rough dice. In a large skillet heat oil and bacon fat over medium-low heat. Put the onions in the skillet and sauté until they start to turn brown. (You can also use red and green bell peppers diced up. If you do, throw them in at this point). Next, throw in the diced potatoes. Stir well and then slightly press/pack then. Now you will cook them without stirring for several minutes. You want the pan to be hot enough to crisp the potatoes but not hot enough to char them. (Optional step: sprinkle a bit of flour over potatoes as they cook). Cook for several minutes and then flip them with a spatula. Salt and Pepper them as they cook. Cook until desired brownness.
2. Cut up an onion.
3. Heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Cook the onion until browned.
4. Throw in the diced potatoes. Stir well and then pack them in. Cook without stirring or interfering for a few minutes. Then flip them and cook again. Do this until they reach desired brown/crispiness.
Lazy Chile Rellenos
Serves 4, adapted from PW's website
9 green chili peppers (I used canned, whole, roasted and peeled)
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
2 cups milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 325.
2. Whisk together all ingredients except for the peppers.
3. Cut chilies in half. Place half of the chilies in a layer on a greased 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle with half of the cheddar cheese. Repeat with the remaining chilies and cheddar cheese.
4. Pour the egg mixture over the top.
5. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
As you can see, the Sweet Potato Queen in me has reared it's ugly head again. Ree used white potatoes. But it has really been too long since I've had sweet potatoes. Mostly due to the fact that my attention has been occupied by a certain other orange vegetable. Which I won't name for fear of setting the sweet potatoes off on a jealous temper tantrum. The sweet potatoes were delicious in this though and contrasted really nicely with the spicy/saltiness of the eggs. Which were fabulous.
I am submitting this to the current edition of Foodie Fans of the Pioneer Woman, the theme of which is Breakfast/Brunch.