The simple things are truly the best in life. You get up, grab a few ingredients from your fridge and make a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and a warm delicious breakfast. That was definitely my feeling yesterday when I made this dish.
On Sunday, I came across this recipe for a vegetable and ham hash brown. I thought it was interesting and that I would try it. I didn’t have some of the ingredients to make it but I thought I could substitute some of it. It didn’t really matter, it was still going to be good. As I looked through the fridge, I started thinking what I could use to make this.
Our fridge is always loaded with sufficient vegetables and fruit from our farmer’s market on a weekly basis. It was about taking the right ingredients in order to give the recipe the same look. I choose the plantain, a ripe one to be exact. I went with the rest of the ingredients to the kitchen. I looked up hash brown again and instantly was turned off.
You see, hash brown is more of a “foreign” thing. Popular in the United States but not necessarily in Jamaica. It’s basically a potato type fritter. I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t feel like doing it anymore. Soon I saw a recommended image of an egg, sausage and cheese recipe. It used ground sausage but the idea was the same. I was instantly delighted and decided to make it… with the plantain.
And so I began. I grabbed the frying pan that refused to sit on the stove properly. I added in coconut oil and waited for it to heat up. I did the plantain first, browning it on BOTH sides. I took the ripe plantain out so it could drain (you don’t have to). I added in the sausage and repeated the same process. Then came the time to return the plantain to the pan and and add the egg.
With a pinch of salt here and pepper there the meal was complete. I put some water on the stove to bring to a boil, made a hot cup of coffee (unsweetened just how I like it) and took a picture of the goodness BEFORE I gently devoured it. It’s funny how you think you’ll do one thing and find something more intriguing. I think the hash brown would’ve come out fine. But I’m glad I made this because I love plantain so much.
It was simple yet incredibly delicious. I can’t fake it, it was extremely good. But the one thing I thought after I tasted it and sat down. And that was “Wow… what would this be like with cheese?). I guess I’m going to make it again with cheese to find out. It’s dirty work… but someone has to do and I gladly accept.
I haven’t had bread in a long time and I am fine with it. I realized long ago that I didn’t like eating a lot of bread. I would only be using it unless I was in dire need of it to make a sandwich. Seeing that I don’t make sandwiches as much anymore, I haven’t made a bread loaf since the last time. I put my plate on a tray, made a cup of coffee and grabbed a beautiful ripe mango. And well the rest…. you already know.
I hope you enjoy this meal and I can’t wait to share the recipe. I hope you guys like this recipe!
10 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 ripe plantain
- 1 sausage
- 1-2 eggs
- 2 tbsp of oil (I used coconut oil)
- salt and pepper for taste
- cheese (optional)
- Peel the ripe plantain and cut into cubes or round shapes. Also chop up the sausage and set both aside.
- In a bowl, break open the egg and whisk using a spoon or wire whisk.
- Place a frying pan or non-stick pan over medium heat. Fry the ripe plantain and sausage.
- Once it's done, add in the egg/s, salt and pepper and cheese (if you're using any).
- Remove the scramble from the pan unto a paper towel and let it drain.
- Serve immediately with a hot cup of coffee, tea or breakfast drink.
You can also try using a green plantain which when fried, will be crunchier. If you'd like to cut down on some of the frying, you can cook the plantain by boiling it then add it into the pan just before you add the egg.