Archive

Tag Archives: Homefries

going out dancing with your friends ’till the wee hours of the morning is a wonderful thing. as is bringing your own bottles of cheap wine to a rooftop party and proceeding to down them alongside multiple cranberry vodkas. but you know what’s not so wonderful?

waking up the next morning with a pounding head and sunlight streaming through your curtains. and a cat that’s repeatedly pawing your head wanting to be fed. in my dreams, my hangovers are aided/abated by the beautifully hot guy sleeping next to me, reminding me that my bad choices (drinking too much) are okay because they lead to good choices (bringing home a hottie). in reality, what happens is that i stumble home to my apartment after throwing my cabbie a $10, heat up some leftover pasta and sit in my bed watching house hunters until i’ve drank a full two cups of water and consumed everything in my bowl. the next morning, all i wake up to is a dirty bowl and my hungry cat.

i’m still waiting for the morning i wake up with the hottie in tow and can cook both of us a spectacular breakfast that makes him fall madly in love with me. but in the meantime, i’m just cooking for myself – which is by no means a reason to skimp on the details.

it’s my personal belief that hangovers are remedied by one thing and one thing only: grease. maybe that grease comes in the form of bacon, maybe it’s in your fried eggs, maybe it’s in your homefries, maybe it’s in all three. that, combined with a little hair of the dog (if you can stomach it) and some coffee, and you should be good to go. since i don’t want to pay to go out to breakfast every time i’m hungover, i’ve developed a pretty delicious and grease-filled recipe for homefries that has worked pretty darn well as a homemade hangover remedy. remember in this post, when i told you i was obsessed with homefries? well, i am. and it turns out, i make a pretty mean batch myself.

so, tomorrow morning, when your head is throbbing, and you’re regretting those drunk texts you sent last night¬† and you feel like you might barf if you have to put on clothes, pop a few aspirin and whip these babies up. then throw on some john mayer or damien rice in the background. something about a guy crooning with a soothing guitar makes all your worries melt away, if you ask me.

Homemade Hangover Remedy: Homefries

1/2 cup chopped yellow onions

1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

2 cloves fresh garlic, diced

2 tsp fresh herbs of your choice (i used thyme and a little bit of basil)

2-4 tsp of smoked paprika (add this to taste – i like a lot of paprika in mine)

1 tsp garlic powder

3 medium sized potatoes, cute into bite sized pieces

3 tbs butter, maybe a few more to taste

to make, chop all your chop-able ingredients and set them aside. you want to have things ready to throw in as you go. heat a large skillet with your butter and maybe a tiny bit of canola oil. you want to get that grease in there – it’s what’s going to soak up all the alcohol in your tummy. once the pan is warmed and the butter is melted, add your mushrooms, onions, and garlic and turn head down to medium. you want to cook these babies until soft. also, if you’ve got some green pepper on hand (i don’t usually buy peppers, but if you do), dice it up and toss about 1/4 cup of it in there as well.

once your onions and shrooms are softened, throw your potatoes in there as well. season with paprika and garlic powder, and smell. if you can’t smell the paprika, add more. you want to smell something strong, fragrant, and paprika garlic-y. if you can’t smell it yet, you need more spices. also add salt and pepper to taste. a few grinds of pepper should do, as well as about a tsp or two of salt. now add your fresh spices, and toss. cover your skillet and cook for ten minutes or so, covered. the cover will help cook the potatoes quickly by keeping the heat and steam inside the pan.

after ten minutes, stir again, and consider adding more seasoning if need be. the measurements above are estimates – you might want more, depending on how flavorful you like your homefries. remove the top and add a bit more butter. remember, grease is the word. cook a few more minutes, uncovered, to really cement the flavors in there. your homefries should be soft on the inside, and crunchy on the outside, much like a great cookie.

if you want to add more garlic, or more onions, or any of the above, go for it. homefries are great, because you’re really just throwing a bunch of stuff into a pan and hoping for the best. these came out delicious, hence my sharing them with you, but feel free to add or subtract as you see fit.

now, serve them up with some fruit salad (bananas are also good for hangovers) and some fried eggs.

when i was younger, i hated breakfast. as in, there was nothing i wanted to eat in the breakfast food category. not bagels, not cereal, not eggo waffles or even pancakes. i just flat out did not like breakfast. it was my least favorite meal of the day, to the point where i’d only eat in the morning if i was eating a meal that technically fit in a different category (like “dinner”). case in point: i’d happily eat a can of beefaroni (my fave – big shout out to chef boyardee!) for breakfast, but you’d be hard pressed to find me enjoying a bowl of cheerios before school.

now that i’m mature and an adult and all that jazz (yeah right), i’ve come to appreciate breakfast. actually, scratch that. i’m still not a huge fan of breakfast in general – but my love for brunch, that beloved middle meal where you can eat whatever you want, has taught me the beauty of early morning eating and all that comes with it. for starters, if you eat in the morning, you feel better all day long. it’s just a fact. you’re also less likely to overeat at lunch, and hence, less likely to overeat at dinner. you start the day off feeling groovy, and there’s really nothing bad about that.

but that all being said, it’s not like i wake up in the morning and crave eggs (except when i’m hungover. then i want eggs to the face, preferably smothered in hollandaise and served with a whopping side of homefries). i’ve come to really love bagels, and i appreciate a good stack of pancakes now and then. and i LOVE homefries. man, i have to got to put a homefries recipe on this blog. note to self. homefries, in my opinion, are god’s gift to starch-lovers. they’re a godsend when you’ve got the kind of hangover where you think you might barf into your bloody mary and your head feels like someone shoved a brick inside it – a brick that’s repeatedly hitting your skull, hard.

my favorite homefries can be found in a few places:

Beverly’s, Saratoga Springs, NY – my college town homefry joint. best homefries i’ve ever had, i think. a quick google search for the beverly’s website confirms that the resto CLOSED and is hunting for a new location. heart=broken. are you there, god? it’s me, sarah. i need you to find beverly’s a new lease in a new location. maybe they can relocate to NYC?

Jake’s, Northampton, MA – my hometown homefry joint. ¬†they make a dish called “deluxe homefries” that are regular homefries covered in CHEESE. i mean, what could be better? jake’s closed a few years back but reopened with a new lease on life thanks to a skidmore grad (!!!) and northampton native. they’ve since brought back the “late night” menu – opening from 11pm to 3am – which is a genius move. hello, stoners of western massachusetts. this one’s for you.

B&H Vegetarian, New York, NY – an east village standby where breakfast costs you less than $5 and you get some great convo with the israeli cook to boot. the homefries here are somewhat unnaturally orange (but you know they’re actually all natural – just spices!) and are mixed with parsley. they’re served at the counter with a bottomless cup of coffee and a big ice water and some greasy made-right-before-your-eyes eggs. want an omelette? you got it. want a milkshake? no problem. a smoothie? that too. this place is the opposite of pretentious, which is why i love it. i spent many a morning here during my first year in new york, hungover and filled with a thirst for city life that even my exhaustion couldn’t curb.

so, anyway, where were we? oh, eggs. the incredible edible eggs. i’m not a fan of yolks, but i do love the healthy protein that eggs provide – and i love a good “throw everything in the pan and scramble” meal, which is where this recipe came from. on a recent day off, i found myself scrounging around in my fridge for whatever i could find, and as it turned out, whatever i could find was the leftovers from the tacos i’d made a few nights before. so i figured, mexican eggs could be pretty good, right?

let’s get down to business.


The Recipe

2 to 3 eggs (your choice – how hungry are you?)

3 tbsp chopped red onions

1/4 cup chopped mushrooms

1/4 chopped tomato of your choice

1/4 cup shredded mexican cheese

1/2 of an avocado, chopped

sour cream and salsa, to taste (optional)

3 tbsp chopped cilantro

to make, saute the tomato, mushrooms and onion in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. season with salt and pepper and cook until the onion has softened, about 3 minutes. meanwhile, scramble your eggs in a small bowl and add a dash of milk. mix the cheese into the bowl as well.

pour the egg mixture into the pan and stir so that the tomato, mushrooms and onion are evenly distributed. turn the heat down to low. scrambled eggs, according to my grandfather and now my mother, are best cooked “low and slow.” don’t turn up the heat, and don’t rush it. just let them do their thing, stirring occasionally. you might want to add a bit more salt and pepper here, and you could also throw in a little hot sauce if that’s your sort of thing. as the eggs start to harden, throw in half of your cilantro and the avocado, then stir again. now, let them be.

your eggs are done when they’re no longer runny, and have a tiny bit of golden crust at the edges. remove your scramble from the pan and top with the rest of your cilantro. if you feel so inclined, add a dollop of sour cream and some salsa. i served mine with salad and some fresh pineapple (fusing flavors, i suppose), but these eggs would be DELISH with some tiny corn tortillas and some black beans.

now, go forth and make eggs. and eat homefries.