Sausage Potato Hash with Hollandaise

by Michelle on February 2, 2011

OH my! We are in the middle of a horrendous snow storm! This is one of the worst storms I’ve seen since I left Michigan some 20 years ago. It’s not so much the amount of snow which is close to 13″ so far, but the winds are horrible. Our house has been literally shaking for hours now and it’s sort of scary! Then our power went out and didn’t come back on for almost 8 hours. Whew, I was sure I was going to able to post today or not. It’s amazing how paralyzed we are without electricity.

I had another post for today but due to our terrible weather, I thought some comfort food was in order! And nothing suits “comfort” more then Potato Hash drizzled with Hollandaise Sauce and topped with a poached egg. Yummy!

The sausage was made with hot pepper and cheddar cheese and when I saw it at my market, I knew I was going to use it in potato hash. So glad I had it on hand when Mother Nature decided to show us just who’s boss!

Sausage Potato Hash
Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

Hash:
About 1 TBL olive oil
4 medium potatoes, cleaned, peeled and about 1/2″ dice. Place in cold water to keep fresh.
3-4 Green Onions, sliced into coins including the tops (Save some of the chopped tops for garnish)
1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 sprigs fresh thyme
Pinch cayenne pepper, dash or so of Tabasco Sauce or Hot Hungarian Paprika (I used Hot Hungarian Paprika)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lb Sausage, I used a pre-cooked summer sausage laced with hot pepper and cheddar cheese

Egg:
Water
White vinegar
1 egg per serving

For the Hash:
1. Slice sausage on the diagonal about 1/4″ thick and set aside. **See NOTE.
2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Once heated add the potatoes and shallow-fry for about 8 minutes until evenly browned on all sides. Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon and place onto a paper towel-lined plate. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a large bowl.
3. Remove most of the oil, leaving only a couple of tablespoons. Place over medium heat and add the sliced onions, sliced peppers and garlic and allow to caramelize.
4. Add the thyme, sausage and hot pepper. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, and gently stir to combine.
5. Add the potatoes back to the pan and stir to combine, careful to not crush the potatoes.

**NOTE: If your using a sausage like Italian Sausage it will need to be blanched and then sliced. In a shallow saute pan, add about 3/4 c water and bring to a simmer. Add the ring of sausage and simmer until there’s no pink color visible. Remove and cool. Slice sausage diagonally and in a small fry pan, fry until lightly browned and proceed to Step 2.

For the Eggs:
Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and fill with a few inches of water. Heat until just starting to simmer. Add a splash of vinegar and using a wooden spoon, stir the water in 1 direction to create a small whirlpool. Crack the eggs and add, 1 at a time, to the spinning water. Allow to poach, carefully flipping each egg once. Drain each egg with a slotted spoon and put in a small bowl.

To Serve:
Plate the sausage-potato hash and top with the eggs. Pour Hollandaise sauce over the eggs and garnish. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Hollandaise Sauce
Recipe adapted from “Tested, Tried and True” by The Junior League of Flint, MI

3 to 4 egg yolks (I always use 3 yolks)
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBL lemon juice
1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
Dash of Tabasco (I usually skip the Tabasco)

Put yolks, lemon juice and seasoning in blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Melt butter in microwave. With the blender on, pour a thin, steady stream of melted butter into the blender. Voila…it’s done and delicious!

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  • Shelby February 2, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I am not someone who can eat eggs, but I can sure appreciate how this looks! Great photos! Makes me wish I could eat an egg like this!

  • My Carolina Kitchen February 2, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Michelle, I’ve been thinking about you in this storm and am watching the talking heads discussing the weather on the TV as I write. Don’t you just hate it when the electricity goes out. A shaky house in the wind reminds me of hurricanes. Stay safe and warm.

    You sure know what comprises comfort food. This should get you through the day. Beautiful photos.
    Hope the weather gets better soon. Stay warm.
    Sam

  • Siobhan February 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Looks perfect for a cold snowy day…

  • snowbound in NH February 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Dear God that looks good!!!! I wish I had looked at this before I made breakfast… I wanted hash for breakfast, but didnt have any hamburg or left over steak (which is how I usually make mine). Settled for “mock” eggs benedict instead…

    Maybe I’ll have it for dinner instead – hubby is supposed to work, so im on my own & I think i have a lone cheese sausage lurking in the freezer…

    Making chicken meatballs for chicken soup for lunch – comfort food all around….lots of snow here, but not windy. Hope everyone stays safe and warm!

  • Kathy Gregson February 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

    YUM! A perfect dish for a winter blizzard! Stay warm and hopefully the groundhog was right this year!! (I am always amazed at how many times I turn the light switch on when the power is out!)

  • Cheryl B. February 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Hi Michelle :-)
    So-o, did you get to experience some of the lighting last night too?
    The wind was whipping around so bad last evening that I thought Boo was going to scootch inside my skin to cuddle ;-p And it was so cold the poor guy got the shivers. So there we sat, both of us wrapped in thick blankets, cuddling.

    This posting is close to something I have made over the years, that became a fav. around here. In-fact, every time I go visit Byron and Cyndi she wants me to make it up for them again. No problem! It’s so-o easy!!

    I slice up potatoes and onions, and fry them up in bacon grease in my over sized electric skillet. Yes, bacon grease. Is my heritage showing? ;-p After liberally salting and peppering, I also slice up a couple of packages of Polish Sausage and add that in. When everything is just about done, I add in some frozen corn to the mix. Serve it up with some cottage cheese and applesauce and there’s occasionally enough left for Brian’s lunch the next day. I should do my own posting of this sometime, huh?

    So which thing off of your ‘blizzard’ list are you tackling today? Hope you can stay warm my friend!

  • Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook February 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Michele – this is a wonderful idea! I love Tyler Florence and use his recipes as inspiration a lot too. I never would have thought to use Hollandaise on a hash, but it totally makes sense. And even though we aren’t having the same nasty weather as most of the country, comfort food is always a winner in our home!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Chaya February 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This is quite a creation. Having this for breakfast would keep one going all day and then some. Great photos. Would you consider linking this to Let’s Do Brunch. This signifies brunch, at its best.

    http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2011/02/lets-do-brunch-13-apple-pie-muffins.html

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Wow, Michelle, this looks delicious! My husband would probably feel like he’s in heaven if I made this for him. I think we’d both enjoy it! You have a beautiful blog, and I’m so glad to have found it. Keep up the delicious cooking and baking! :) – Georgia

  • amy February 3, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Your hash looks delicious and your pictures are making me hungry!

  • kat February 3, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Yummy! This reminds so much of the special I had recently at my favorite breakfast place.

  • Tina (Tangerine Tea) February 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    This looks lovely! I bet it would taste fab with chorizo sausage as well, to give it an extra bit of zing. Be careful out there, we all seem to be having a pretty rough winter this year!

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