Okay, so I’m excited about this one. Breakfast can be a struggle for me, especially while doing Whole 30. I get sick of the same breakfasts over and over again, and I get frustrated with the lack of options. When I’m not on Whole 30, I tend to cycle between phases of eggs, protein pancakes, sometimes things like oatmeal or toast, and then when I get super sick of breakfast all together, just protein shakes. SO – I’ve had to get a little creative with breakfast this month.
This ^^^ I could probably eat for the entire month straight. It just so happens that hash browns are one of my favorite breakfast items, I am obsessed with avocado in any form, and runny eggs speak to me and soothe my soul. So this is just a trio made in heaven for me! When I was putting together these little hash brown “toasts,” I was thinking there was no way they were going to come together in the oven, because it just basically looks like a bunch of little shredded potato piles when they are on your baking sheet (pre-baking). BUT – I was so happy to see that they came together perfectly into nice, crispy little disks! They are sturdy enough that you can even pick them up like a piece of toast and eat it even with the avocado and egg on top. I chose the knife and fork route, though, so I could get an even distribution of the egg yolk…dat stuff GOLD.
I am now inspired to take these little hash browns and use them for other things…I’m thinking burger buns? Pizza crust? Who knows…those may be massive fails, but at least I have this. I baked a batch of these and kept them in my fridge in a big ziplock bag. Each morning, I melted some ghee in a skillet and lightly seared them on both sides to heat them up, trying to get back some of that crispiness. It worked alright – they were definitely still delicious – but fresh is best, right out of the oven 😍.
Let’s chat about how to create the different elements of this yummy breakfast/brunch dish:
- The hash brown “toasts.” These are a combination of regular potato and sweet potato. You grate/shred them – you can use a cheese grater for this, but I used my food processor with the grater attachment, and they were prepped literally within 2 minutes…it was awesome. Then you pile them into a dish towel and squeeze out all the moisture you can. Into a big bowl they go, and then we stir in an egg and some arrowroot powder. Season it up, mix it up, and now we form the hash browns! They go into little circular piles that you flatten out and shape the best you can, and then they bake in the oven and come together to form little crispy rounds of deliciousness that you can either eat plain or load up with goodies. Liikkeee…avocado and a sunny side up egg…I’m not necessarily saying it’s the best combo ever, buuuttt it’s the best combo ever.
- The avocado. We do a super, super simple mash here with just salt, garlic powder, and lime juice. Doneskies. Mash it up, and you ready.
- The sunny side up egg. These are much easier than people think they are – for some reason, a sunny side up egg can be intimidating. Here are the keys: a nonstick pan, butter (ghee for Whole 30 and paleo), and the right heat level. The right heat level for my stove top is medium, but if your stove tends to get super hot, you might need to lower it. You just crack the egg in there, season it, and let it be until the whites on the top have just set. If you feel like the bottom is getting overcooked before the whites are setting, super easy fix – just pop a lid onto your skillet. That will set the whites really quickly. I usually don’t need to do that, though. If you cook it on a low enough temp, the whites on the top set before the bottom of the egg gets brown.
Throw that hash brown “toast” on your plate, load some avocado on there, and slide that delicious sunny side egg right on top. Then you cut in, and the yolk runs down like a delicious sauce over your avocado and hash brown “toast” – is there a better way to start your day? Short of someone letting you sleep in and then bringing you lots of coffee and a large breakfast in bed comprised of a variety of doughnuts, I don’t think so….