Previously I have mentioned a little gem of a book that I found while scouring an antique store. It is a compilation of recipes from the intrepid pioneers of the Australian Outback. I have to say, there are more unique recipes in this book than nearly any other tome I have encountered. I have only tried a few, but they have been memorable. I found the Witchety Grub recipe in said book (although I must admit I have never been brave enough to try it!).
Knowing that food prices are skyrocketing and wanting to be a good steward of our food budget, I have been experimenting with leftovers. We are mostly a meat and potatoes family, so we frequently have a mess of a mashed potatoes left after any given meal. Generally we will add a bit of egg and a smidgen of flour, slap patties onto the griddle and eat potato pancakes. They are good and satisfying, but nothing really to write home about. And then I found the recipe for Ham & Egg Cakes.....
One of the things I love about this recipe is that it can be tailored to whatever leftovers you happen to have in the fridge. Here is the gist of the recipe.
Ham & Egg Cakes
8 oz. ham
8 oz. mashed potatoes
1 T chopped parsley
1 egg yolk
4 rashers (slices) bacon
Finely dice the ham. Mix together the mashed potato, ham and parsley, add one egg yolk to bind. Divide the mixture into four. Shape into round flat cakes about one inch deep.
Wrap a rasher (slice) of bacon around each cake; fix with a toothpick. Place in an overproof dish and bake in a moderate oven (about 350°) for 20 to 25 minutes. Poach the remaining eggs and serve on top of the ham cakes.
|Wrapped in bacon and ready for the oven|
Rather than poaching eggs (I don't have those nifty cups and I hate it when the whites spread out in the water - I know - use vinegar!) I decided to quickly fry them on the griddle. The children prefer their eggs to be "over hard", so I made theirs first and put them in on a plate and put it in the warming oven. Just before the cakes were done, I made two eggs "sunny side up" for Sir Knight and I. Pulling the cakes from the oven, I placed an egg on each cake and oh, a perfect, simple, thrifty and cheery breakfast!
We highly recommend Ham & Egg Cakes. They are a little dodgy to eat, being mashed potatoes and all, but they are well worth the effort!