Mix 'er up and cook it all in one cast iron skillet.
I don’t know about you, but for me, when it comes to breakfast I’m always torn between sweet and savory. Do I go for the pancakes doused in syrup, with extra chocolate chips? Or do I devour the hash browns with eggs and a side of a million pieces of bacon? It’s always a tough call, and I often alternate between the two when I go big with breakfast.
When it’s time for the savory stuff, this hashbrown pie is perfection. It’s everything I love about the savory breakfast in one bite: Two layers of crispy shredded potatoes with scrambled eggs, crumbled bacon, melty cheese and sautéed peppers and onions stuffed in the center. These are the kind of breakfasts I get excited about the night before (#foodnerdalert, I know).
To make this magic, you’ll need the following fixins: Diced peppers and onion, spices, some cooked crumbled bacon, CHEESE (always), eggs and frozen shredded hash browns.
Saute the peppers and onion in a large skillet until softened, then stir in the spices. Transfer the mixture to a bowl to save for later.
Meanwhile, cook the eggs to a soft scramble (you’ll want to undercook them slightly so they don’t overcook once added to the pie). Transfer those to a plate or bowl, too.
Heat two large skillets (one oven-safe, like a cast-iron skillet) over medium-high heat. Add a good glug of oil to each, then divide the frozen hash browns between the two skillets. Spread those taters all the way to the edges for maximum crispiness.
Once the potatoes are golden brown and crisp on the bottom, top the potatoes that are in the oven-safe skillet with the pepper/onion mixture, the eggs, the bacon and the cheese.
Carefully transfer the second layer of potatoes to go on top, crisp-side up. Use a spatula to tuck in the edges so the whole thing is formed into a nice, even disc – a “pie,” if you will.
For even browning and crispiness (and to make sure all the cheese is melted inside), I like to place my pie under the broiler for a few minutes. It’s just one extra step to take this pie from “wow!” to “WOWZAGETINMYBELLY.”
Finally, slice and serve! It’s extra-tasty with some toppings, too, like sour cream, salsa, chopped scallions, more crumbled bacon, etc. etc.
I mean really, pancakes don’t stand a chance against this yumminess.