This dish could be served as a brunch dish, or for any light meal or snack. When I came across this recipe tonight in a recipe book - The Midweek Cookbook: 200 Ways with Potatoes - I really hadn't looked at since the seventies, the name of this dish intrigued me. A web search produced nothing of relevance, just lots of references to dog breeding kennels! So unfortunately I know nothing of the origins of recipe's name. I'm posting a C21st adaptation here so that I remember to make it some time! It's actually rather similar to what I've always referred to as a chip omelette, although I usually make that with diced raw potatoes.
- 1 lb boiled potato, diced
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
- 4 ounces middle rashers bacon, rind and all fat removed, cut into small pieces with the kitchen scissors
- 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- sea salt, to taste
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 ounces cheese, grated
- Sauté the bacon, onion, garlic and mushrooms gently in the oil, preferably in a non-stick pan, then add the potatoes and allow them to warm through.
- Beat the eggs, add the thyme, season to taste and pour over the potato mixture, sprinkle with grated cheese and cook slowly until the eggs have set.
- Brown the top under the grill (optional), cut into wedges and serve.
Origins: Hoppel Poppel is a traditional way to use up leftovers in Berlin. It is a variation on the traditional fried potatoes known as Bratkartoffeln.
Tagged this for the Easter Egg Hunt Tag game. It was a nice change from the traditional egg casseroles, we really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting.
Made this in place of my usual sausage egg casserole since I had bacon but no sausage. Tasted pretty good, but I think I like my casserole better. I left out the mushrooms since DH doesn't like them and ended up adding a couple extra eggs b/c I think I had too many potatoes! Good for something a little different.