Did you know that today is Donald Duck Day? Personally, I have fond memories of that pantless duck. Why no pants? There doesn’t seem to be enough information out there to definitely say why he dresses like a sailor and where his pants might be.
Way back in 1934 we had better things to worry about than what happened to Donald’s pants. Somehow a half-clad sailor who happened to a duck just made sense. Eventually Donald met Daisy, his sweetheart. Although a recent search on Daisy Duck now identifies Daisy not as Donald’s girlfriend but as his life-partner. Really? Don’t get me started with political silliness. I am a wife. That does not diminish my value as a person. If you feel it does, that’s your issue, not mine. Wow- back on track . . . what a cute couple.
Now that we’ve got the National Day out of the way, let’s talk food. On a particularly lazy morning recently I had a craving for a nice, big burger. We had cooked up some burgers earlier in the week. There were still some fresh buns in the pantry. A burger sounded amazingly good. But there were two problems.
First, it was eight o’clock in the morning. Who, besides a teenager, would eat a burger at that hour of the day. So let the craving linger and wait until oh, I don’t know – what is an acceptable time to eat a burger? Waiting would only lead to a second problem. Eat too late in the day, and you can forget dinner. I’m a breakfast-supper kind of gal. If I do eat lunch, it’s the main meal of the day. Dinner is either skipped or replaced by bad things such as cookies or a slice of chocolate pie supper.
And yet that burger craving kept whispering in my ear. That’s when I realized the obvious – add a burger to breakfast. It would solve both the craving and the timing. I’ve seen breakfast burgers on diner menus, and fried egg topped burgers as an option. I’ve got to say, topping a burger with an egg and then eating it like a sandwich seems to be messy in my opinion. I’ve never done it, and would never make such an attempt in public. I’d be the one walking out the door with egg yolk all down the front of my shirt.
If you throw out the bun, then it’s just a beef patty topped with a beautiful fried egg. Add potatoes, and you are in breakfast heaven.
Burger and Fried Egg Breakfast
2 small Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 tablespoons Bacon Drippings
2 (1/3 lb) frozen Hamburger Patties
Hamburger Seasoning Blend to taste
1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Scrub potatoes. Dice into bite-size pieces. Place potatoes in an Instant Pot steamer basket. Place 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot insert. Place steamer basket in the insert over the water. Lock lid in place. Select PRESSURE COOK, POTATOES, 3 MINUTES, LOW. Press start.
Heat Grill-Press. Season hamburger patties. Place in grill-press, close lid and cook for about 8 minutes or until cooked through. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Once the potatoes have cooked, remove basket and let rest. Heat bacon drippings in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add potatoes. Spread out, let cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes until a crust forms. Turn potatoes, let continue to brown. Keep warm until ready to serve.
In a small skillet over medium-low heat, warm vegetable oil. Once warm, fry potatoes until set. Remove from heat, gently flip eggs, then flip again. This will finish cooking whites over the yolks while keeping the yolks runny.
Plate burgers on individual plates. Top each burger with an egg. Divide fried potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy.