Thursday, April 29, 2010

CEIMB: Southwestern Hash and Eggs

It was nice, for a change, to make this week's Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe for people other than just the boys and I. This time, my mother and father in-law were here to enjoy the food with us! I noticed some other people in the group made this one for a quick dinner; we had ours for breakfast over the weekend.

This turned out to be a big hit at our house! If anyone liked it less than the rest of our household, it would probably be me, and I still really liked it. The only reason I was a little skeptical was because I'm really not a fan of black beans, at least not the texture, or tomatoes when they are whole. Instead of bigger tomatoes, I had purchased little cherry tomatoes, so they burst in the pan while cooking and became all squishy and yummy. In addition, I dislike runny yolks, so I had my fried egg just a little bit more well-done than everybody else.

It turns out the black beans had a similar texture to the potatoes themselves, so I had no real problem with them in this dish. With a big mouthful that contained other things, you hardly noticed they were there. I thought the seasonings were great (everybody else liberally added salt), and it was just perfect with a little hot sauce on top. I could see this totally working as a dinner, as well, but I would probably add some meat just to make it a bit more hearty.

This week's recipe was chosen by Melissa of It's Melissa's Kitchen. Thanks for the fantastic choice! The recipe can be found on Food Network's website, here. Oh, one last thing: I won't be cooking along with the Ellie group next week. I just don't do lamb, and besides I'll have a good friend in town visiting, so I'll be pretty busy. But I'll be back the following week for the pancakes!


  1. Looks good! This recipe will totally work for breakfast with house guests since it is so quick to cook up a fresh egg.

  2. We had this for breakfast over the weekend as well, and I thought it turned out pretty well! I don't usually take the time to cook anything in the mornings, even on the weekends, but it was a nice change of pace for us.

  3. This sounds like something my family would love so have printed it out!! By the way - your food pictures turn out SO GOOD like in a magazine! What do you do special?

  4. Thanks for the compliments!

    Debbie, I don't take all my pictures. Andy takes a fair amount of them. He actually took all the photos of this hash and eggs dish! As far as what we do that's special, I'm not exactly sure. I do believe that the success of the pictures often depends on the lighting in my house. I have noticed that I can get the best pics during late morning and afternoon hours, when the natural light is at its peak. Once we switch to the evening and artificial light, I find that my pictures are less successful. Other than that, we just play with different angles and ways of "staging" the food. But I have a ton left to learn about all this stuff!

    Oh, and my Mother's Day gift is a brand-new camera, so it will be interesting to see how the new camera affects my picture-taking soon!

    Hope you try the dish! It's a good one.