My Mom's "Bauernfrühstück" (Farmer's Breakfast)


This is called a Farmer's Breakfast ("Bauernfrühstück" in German) and consists of an omlette filled with home fries and severd with some fresh tomatoes, cucumber and a bean salad. These home fries are called "Bratkartoffeln" in German and are sliced pre-cooked potatoes that are pan-fried with some onions and ham. The combination of the warm potato-filled omelette with fresh side dishes makes it really delicious.

But be aware - even so it sounds like a usual breakfast with eggs and potatoes, it actually is a full meal and a little to heavy for a breakfast.

My parents ate this dish when they were younger in one of the local German small town taverns. They liked it so much that my Mom created her own recipe :)

Ingredients:

"Bratkartoffeln" (Sliced Home Fries)
  • 2lb (about 6 medium sized) potatoes
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 slices deli ham - diced
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper (as topping)
  • fresh parsley (as topping)
Omlette (for 2)
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 125 ml milk
  • pinch of salt 
  • pinch of pepper 
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp oil
Sides
  • My Mom's Green Bean Salad
  • tomato slices
  • cucumber slices
  • pickles

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the Potatoes, Onion and Ham: Boil the potatoes in a pot of salted water till they are medium soft, that will take about 20 min depending on size of potato. Use a fork to see whether they are soft enough. They should not break apart or fall off the fok as they will be pan-fried next. In the meantime, cut the onion and the ham. Peel the onion and slice in half. Then cut the half in another half so that you have quarters. Cut the quarters in thin slices. Cut the ham slices in 1 inch long stripes. When the potatoes are ready, drain them and let cool for a few minutes. Peel and slice them in 1/4 inch thick slices. 
  2. Prepare the Home Fries: In a frying pan, heat up the oil and add the potato slices. Spice with salt and pepper. Fry for 5 minutes without stirring till they turn a little brown and crispy on one side. Shake the frying pan to prevent burning the potatoes. Then flip the potato slices, add the onion rings and fry for a few minutes. Keep shaking the frying pan at times. Do not try to stir them as you do not want them to break apart too much. Before the potatoes are completely done, add the ham stripes and fry till the potatoes are brown and crispy from both side. When ready, set the home fries aside. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on top (or do it later on the plate, right before eating).
  3. Prepare the Omlette: In a bowl, mix the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Heat up another frying pan (or a crepes maker works as well). Best, if it is a teflon pan where the omlette will not stick to. Pour in the mix so that the bottom of the frying pan is filled. Mix should be enough for two omlettes. Let fry on medium heat for a minute. Try to make sure that the omlette does not stick to the bottom by using a long wooden spatula and loose the edges as soon as they dry. You can also shake the frying pan to loosen the omlette. If possible, flip the omlette when the sides are dry. However, if the top is getting try without flipping, it is not necessary. When done, slide the omlette on a plate.
  4. Serve the Famer's Breakfast: On a plate, fill half of the omlette with the home fries. If you haven't add cayenne pepper before, sprinkle it over the home fries now. Fold the omlette closed. Add some tomato and cucumber slices, some pickles and the bean salad as a side dish.







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