I am a total Food Network junkie. It’s 70% of the TV I watch. Why? Because I love food. Cooking it, eating it, watching other people cook it- love it all. There’s a show on Food Network called “The Kitchen,” where some of my favorite chefs come together and show a bunch of recipes/food hacks all centered around a certain topic (summer, mint, dessert etc). This past week’s topic was the tomato, which is now in season. One of the chefs, Marcela Valladolid, showed one of her favorite tomato recipes, in which she bakes a breakfast hash with an egg into a big tomato. It seemed easy enough, and I knew I could make it fully paleo, so I went for it.
Ingredients (for one single tomato):
1/2 an andouille sausage
2 mini potatos
1 long strip of bacon
1 large tomato (beefsteak)
salt/pepper to taste
To keep it paleo, I chose to cook my hash in animal fat, which is where that strip of bacon comes in. Chop the bacon up, throw it on a pan, and let it cook for about a minute or two until you have enough fat on the pan that your hash wont stick. Then, add your potatoes first, cook them for about 3-4 min, and then add the sausage (which should be fully cooked anyway), and just give it 2-3 minutes to heat everything through.
Remove it from heat, put the hash on a paper towel so that it soaks up some of the excess fat. Now, hollow out your tomato. Just cut the top off, and use a knife at first to cut some of the inside out, and then using a big spoon, scoop out the insides.
Once it’s hollowed out, season the tomato with salt and pepper, and then fill it with your hash. Don’t fill it too high, because you want to have room to crack your egg on it.
Put the filled tomato into a baking-safe dish, and pop it in the oven. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until your whites are cooked.
This ends up being absolutely delicious, very filling, and totally paleo. The tomato gets nice and sweet when it’s baked, and the egg is runny and makes the hash super creamy, while the hash is spicy and hearty. If you don’t like runny eggs, you could bake the tomato without the egg and just fry an egg and throw it on top. I would definitely advise at least leaving the yolk runny!
Let me know if you try this & what you think!