The Flat Possum Gazette
Courtesy of the Road-Kill Press
= Holiday Breakfast =
The Flat Possum Test Kitchen, in its infinite wisdom, developed a breakfast, or, more likely, a brunch, suitable for any rip-roaring holiday such as Easter.
1. Pork tenderloin, trimmed or fat and sliced into strips about as big as your thumb. Roll the pork into seasoned flour (salt, pepper, cayenne, Lawry's seasoning, or whatever turns you on), then in an egg wash (egg, stirred with some water), and back into the flour. Remember, dry-wet-dry. Put about an inch or so of cooking oil (peanut or canola) into a heavy iron skillet, raise the temperature to at least 350 deg. (use a candy thermometer). Fry the coated pork strips in the hot oil, just as you would catfish fingers or chicken strips. When golden brown drain on paper towels and keep warm.
2. Just after you remove the pork strips and while the oil is still hot, break eggs, one to each small bowl, and very gently ease the eggs, one at a time, into the hot oil. Break the large bubbles that immediately form and cook only a minute or two. Maintain viscosity in the yellows. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Keep warm.
3. While you are cooking the meat and eggs, put your leftover grits (they had been residing in the ice-box for two or three days from use at a previous meal) in a microwave-safe bowl, stir in some chopped green chiles, and top off with some grated sharp cheddar cheese. Put in the microwave and re-heat covered for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and steam rises when you lift the lid.
4. So, now you have a wonderful crusty meat dish, some very unusual eggs (also very tasty), a great way to use leftover grits (you could use rice or potatoes, if you want to get argumentative about it). You have chiles and cheese. You could add, as I know you tend toward gluttony, toasted English Muffins with Damson Plum Preserves. And, allow me to suggest a triumphant finish with your French Market Coffee: sliced fresh strawberries with sugar and heavy cream.
5. Please fry enough pork to give some to the dog. Or he will attack you.
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