You don’t have to eat at a $35 dollar or more hotel buffet to feel satisfied about breakfast, (Ok sometimes I do), but I know I am not getting value for my dollar when some of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten were only b$1.99 to $ 3,99. From Jo Jo’s Diner in the Strip District in Pittsburgh to the Spot in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and everything in between, great breakfast, value, and the cultural identity of the neighborhood can be found.
Now the Sad Man’s Classic breakfast was born merely from a lack of bread and a desire to still have eggs. The lack of bread was not due to any depression like economic circumstances on my part I assure you, I just forgot to buy it at the store. So with no bread and a desire to still have some sunny side up eggs to make this sad man’s tongue a glad man’s tongue, what could I use to soak up all that golden sunshine we call egg yolks?
The answer was simple. Fried potatoes, or home fries as they are usually called. So pull up your chrome stool or wooden chair and prepare that sad tongue of yours for some happiness.
- 1 large Potato, sliced 1/8 inch, 15 to 20 slices depending on the size of the potato, use a 100 count and you should be fine, but if smaller just double up.
- I medium onion cot in half then slices into 1/8 slices
- 2tbl of butter or margarine
- 2tbl of olive oil
- 1tbl of garlic powder
- 1 Teaspoon of Paprika
- 1/2tbl of Dried Thyme
- 1/2tbl of something I am going to leave out
- 3/4 cup of chicken stock
- 4 slices of sliced sandwich ham, rolled and then sliced into 1/4 inch strips
- a sprinkle of grated Romano cheese.
In a medium saute pan place your butter and oil and heat on high. Place your sliced potatoes so they cover the pan overlapping slightly. On top of the potatoes first put all your spices, then the sliced onion and cover.
I typically leave it covered for at least 5 minutes before I even begin to check it. That gives you plenty of time to watch and listen to “Sad man’s Tongue” by Danish psychobilly band Volbeat. When the videos over take a few minutes and make some coffee. Now check your potatoes. If they are brown on the other side its time to flip everything. If you notice that the pan has dried up this is the time you can add 1/3 of your chicken stock and cover for another five minutes at least. This down time will now give you plenty time to watch and listen to Lemmy Klimster, Johnny Ramone, and Slim Jim Phantom perform “Good Rockin Tonight.”
Ok, now it’s time to mix it up and pour another 1/3 of your chicken stock in. In another three to five minutes stir and add the ham. You may want to break some of the potatoes to see if they are cooked yet, if not keep covered until the liquid is almost evaporated. When you go to stir again if the potatoes are not done add the rest of the chicken stock and cover, by the time the stock has evaporated the potatoes should be done.
Now plate your fried potatoes, onion, and ham onto a plate. Take two eggs and in the same saucepan, no need to clean or add anything, good them sunny side up. When done place them on top of your fried potatoes and sprinkle you grated cheese on top. Now just enjoy this classic breakfast from Sad Man’s Tongue: Rockabilly Bar & Bistro – Prague.