Clarifying Dirty Fried Eggs

Maybe I should stop writing in the morning, when I’m craving something for breakfast – eggs seems to be the theme around the kitchen these days. My favorite meal of the day is breakfast (even for dinner) and it seems that another recipe for eggs is just lurking around the next corner.

While we were on vacation in Florence (Oregon), I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at The Driftwood Shores. It was one of my favorites, Corned Beef Hash with fried eggs. This was the real deal – shredded Corned Beef grilled up with diced potatoes and onions, served with a couple of yummy eggs and toasted sourdough points on the side.

As is the norm with me whenever I have a delicious meal at a restaurant, I need to have it again at home. While my corned beef hash was grilling up in the skillet, I set about the task of cooking up some dirty fried eggs to go with it. I adore dirty fried eggs, especially with hash. Country Corned Beef Hash & “Dirty” Fried Eggs is a favorite around here. It’s no surprise that I like to make Corned Beef Hash and eggs whenever possible.

The skillet for my eggs was warming nicely on the stove. I reached inside the refrigerator for my jar of bacon renderings, when a light came on. (No, not the refrigerator light, but rather that idea light bulb in my head). light-bulb-ideaEarlier in the week I had made up a batch of Clarified Butter for all the fish/seafood dishes we have been enjoying lately. There was still some of the butter remaining. Hum, what would happen if I fried my eggs in a mixture of bacon grease (for the “dirt”) and clarified butter (for the buttery flavor)? The results were oh so wonderful. Hubby insisted they were the best fried eggs I had ever cooked. (And after more than 30 years of marriage, that’s a lotta fried eggs). As for me, I’ve cooked up these eggs a few times since, just for me to enjoy for a weekday morning once the menfolk have got off to work. Served with toast, it’s the perfect light breakfast.

What’s that? You don’t have any Clarified Butter in the fridge? That’s okay, you can always buy some at a gourmet grocery market or you could make your own Clarified Butter .

Clarified Dirty Fried Eggs
2 Tablespoons Bacon Drippings
2 Tablespoons Clarified Butter (or more)
6 Eggs
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Heat bacon drippings in a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Add enough clarified butter to the dripping to coat the bottom of the pan about 1/8 inch deep.

Crack eggs into the skillet one egg at a time, holding the egg in place with the shell until it begins to turn white. This will keep the egg from running all over the skillet. Once all the eggs are cooking and the outer edges are firm, use a wooden spoon or the back of a spatula to “splash” hot grease over the eggs until the whites are cooked through while the yolks are still runny. Season with salt and pepper.

These eggs are delicious with all your breakfast favorites such as Corned Beef Hash, Breakfast Potatoes with bacon or sausage, even pancakes. Or all on their own for a light yet satisfying morning meal.

Clarified Dirty Fried Eggs (1)
Heat bacon dripping with butter over medium-low heat
Clarified Dirty Fried Eggs (2)
Add eggs to the skillet. Once eggs have begun to set, splash warm butter mixture over eggs until desired doneness is reached.
Clarified Dirty Fried Eggs (4)
Remove eggs to individual plates. Season with desired salt and pepper.
Clarified Dirty Fried Eggs (5)

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

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