Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Skillet Your Way Through the Day (easy breakfast recipe)

When you have a day that starts with a beautiful skillet breakfast, things are about to be grand.

And I'm not talking about restaurant skillets here people. This is the real deal. Like can't-shove-it-in-my-face-fast-enough deal.

We had one of those skillet days this weekend. We were so psyched after eating breakfast that we drove all the way to Hilo, and straight into a candy shop

I'm partial to the unlikely gummy creations; gummy false teeth, gummy sunny side up eggs, gummy turtles. I'm also a fan of the long, skinny hard candy that you eat like a lollipop (pictured: in yellow). It's about the size of a sharpie marker and if you work on it long enough you can fashion it into a sharp shank to stab unwitting friends. At least that's what we did with them when I was little. Or maybe I did that to Dustin on the ride home. Whatever.

Hilo is a great town filled with the greenest parks, quirky old buildings, and on a sunny day, it's a stunner of a coastline. We often sigh and dream of living among the giant ferns and dripping moss. A day trip will do for now.

Want to start your day off right?

Breakfast Skillet with Spinach and Avocado
serves 2

1 TBL olive oil
4 small red potatoes, diced
1/2 cup smoked pork meat, cut into bite sized pieces (a couple strips of bacon will do, too)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 large handfuls of spinach
eggs (we used 3, but use how many you need)
salt & pepper
1/2 avocado

In a large cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium high. Add the chopped potatoes, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally. Turn down the heat to medium low and add the garlic, spinach, meat, and some salt and pepper, stirring a bit. If your meat is uncooked, you'll need to add it earlier to the potatoes to make sure it gets cooked through.

Crack the eggs into the skillet and cover, 5-8 minutes, depending on how well you'd like your eggs cooked. Check them often, but don't touch them.

To serve, scoop some skillet goodness onto a plate and top with avocado. Add more salt & pepper if desired. Enjoy! 


  1. Oh my... that looks delicious! Plus, Hilo isn't half bad either ;)

  2. OMG, I want to hop in a plane right now, so you can cook me some breakfast! That skillet breakfast looks oh-so ONO!

    I love that candy store. I've only been there twice and I can never remember what it is called. I just keep calling it the candy store with the red door. I love how all the candies are in jars. I miss it. I'm seriously thinking about moving to Hilo, if UH of HIlo accepts me. We'll see.

  3. That looks so yummy! LOL, you must have been craving sweets. Is that Banyan tree by the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel? I love Hilo.

    1. yes, it is near the Hilo Hawaiian, on Banyan Drive. Such a beautiful town.

  4. I did something similar this morning but I cheated. I used left over lamb stew from last night, cooked out the liquid, added rice, sauteed some spring greens and topped the mess with eggs like you. Perfect for tackling a big day. Hilo sounds lovely and my favorites are sour gummy anythings - red hot tamales - and heath crunch candy bars.


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