Tapas, Chorizo, Fried Egg, Jamon Serrano
“Jamon.” I said.
“Chorizo!” She answered
“Jamon!!” I replied
“Chorizo! This is what we used to do in the restaurant” she countered.
You see we were trying to cook up a tapas dish called “Huevos Rotos” – which literally means “Broken Eggs.” Imagine a fried egg presented over a bed of pan fried potatoes, garlic, chorizo (or Jamon Serrano depending on who was making the dish). The egg is then broken and scattered all over the rest of the dish. It’s wonderful with a piece of warm bread. And, while we were having it for breakfast, you can have it any time of the day.
I first tried a variation of this dish in a Madrid Restaurant called Casa Lucio. They call it “Huevos Estrellados” and they are acclaimed worldwide for it. When I first saw it served to me, I said to myself “they’re just french fries with a fried egg on top”… but I have to admit – it was out of this world. If you want to be extra indulgent, pay a little more and you get a some Jamon on the side.
You can imagine, two stubborn cooks in one little kitchen disagreeing about how to make a simple tapas dish. Each of us was insisting that our own version was correct.
In the end, we decided to put both… and it was amazing!
Recipe – Serves 2
- 2 eggs
- 1 chorizo, diced
- 1 large potato, cut into 1 1/2 cm dice
- 3 slices, Jamon Serrano, torn up
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Heat the olive oil in a pan and and the potatoes, cook on medium high until browned, around 10 minutes or until you can pierce the potato with a fork without resistance.
- Remove the potatoes from the pan and now add the chorizo pieces and fry until nicely browned.
- Remove the chorizo and add the garlic and lightly fry until there is some colour on the garlic chips.
- Remove the garlic and use the same pan to fry and egg.
- To assemble, lay the potatoes, chorizo and garlic on a plate, top with the fried egg and lay some torn pieces of Jamon Serrano on the side. Serve with toasted bread.