Perfect Poached Eggs Over Double Chile Hash Browns
An Anaheim pepper is a mild variety of chili pepper. The name “Anaheim” derives from Emilio Ortega, a farmer who brought the seeds to the Anaheim, California, area in the early 1900s.
Serves: Serves 4 to 6
2½-pounds Idaho Russet potatoes
Olive oil for the pan
1½ cups thinly sliced yellow/brown onion
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
6 (approximately 7-inch) mild Anaheim Chiles, roasted, peeled, seeds removed and thinly sliced (Here’s How to Roast and Peel Peppers)
2 teaspoons mild Anaheim Chile powder
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (Here’s How to Season to Taste)
6 large eggs
1 medium-sized avocado, peeled and thinly sliced (Here’s How to Peel and Cut an Avocado)
Wash the potatoes and dry them very well. Then grate them — either with a hand-held grater or with the grater attachment in a food processor. (The later is easier if you’ve got it.) Set aside in a bowl.
Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and stirring frequently, cook until the onions are soft and the edges are beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
One handful at a time, squeeze as much excess liquid as possible out of the potatoes, adding them to the pan as you go. (The dryer they are when you add them to the pan, the crisper they’ll become.) Continue until all of the potatoes are in the pan. Keeping the heat at medium, stirring from time to time, cook until the potatoes are soft and becoming crispy, about 15 minutes.
Add the roasted chiles and the chile powder. Stir to blend and continue to cook until it’s very aromatic and everything is nicely browned, another 10 minutes or so.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside. (Here’s How to Season to Taste.)
Poach the eggs by bringing about 3 inches of water to a boil in a small pot, or deep sauté pan. (Preferable non-stick.) Once the water is boiling, reduce it to a simmer. Crack each egg into its own small bowl and then slowly, one at a time, pour them into them simmering water, with as much space between them as possible. Turn off the heat, cover, and set the timer for 3 minutes. Then, using a slotted spoon, remove each egg and place them in a clean, dry bowl.
Making sure the potatoes are hot, or very warm, add them to a serving platter and with a small spoon, created indentations for the eggs. Add a poached egg to each indentation and garnish with the avocado and a sprinkling of a bit more Hatch Chile powder.
Adapted from a recipe from cookingontheweekends.com