Poached eggs are exceedingly healthful because they are cooked without added fat. On the other hand, a lot of their low-fat benefits are lost when served with a crispy hash cake and fried horseradish, but that does not negate the fact that this is a breakfast fit for a king.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon grape seed oil

6 cups uncooked Beef Hash (below)

3 tablespoons fresh herbs, such as thyme leaves or flat-leaf parsley

2 teaspoons white vinegar

6 large eggs

1 tablespoon sliced fresh chives

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  3. When hot, cook the hash and herbs for 3 to 4 minutes, or until heated through. Keep warm.
  4. Bring 2 quarts of water and the vinegar to a gentle simmer in a large pot over medium heat.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the simmering water, swirling the water gently as you drop the eggs into it.
  6. Let the eggs poach for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the whites set and the yolks are cooked through and a film forms over them.
  7. Mound the hash in the center of each of 6 warmed plates. Lift the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon.
  8. Top each patty with a hot egg.
  9. Serve with warm, toasted bread, garnished with reserved horseradish and chives.

For the Hash

Makes about 4-1/2 cups

3 cups shredded leftover beef from my Beef Short-Rib Pot Roast, or your favorite pot roast recipe

1 cup leftover gravy from Beef Short-Rib Pot Roast

1/2 cup cubed Roasted Carrots (page 4)

1/2 cup cubed Roasted Parsnips (page 4)

3/4 -1 cup roasted potatoes

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons grape seed oil

Steps

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, gravy, carrots, parsnips, and potatoes. Taste, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the grape seed oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, cook the hash for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring until lightly browned and heated through. Serve immediately — preferably topped with the above poached eggs!

Photo Courtesy of Andre Baranowski.  Baranowski is a NY based food photographer and was the principal photographer for Michel Nischan’s cookbook – Sustainably Delicious.