Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs

I am a sucker for anything served with a poached egg.

Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs

From salads to English muffins, poached eggs are among my favorite things to prepare and eat.   A perfectly poached egg is a thing of beauty, and when you break into the golden, oozing yolk … well I can’t think of many things that are better.  Now that the warmer weather is behind us I find myself craving the heartier foods that really stick to the ribs.  I am not much of a potato eater most of the year, but when the air has a chilly bite I find potatoes are the first thing I crave.  I also crave bacon, but then when DON’T I crave bacon, and tart-crisp apples.  So, why not make something filling, warm, and comforting to welcome the fall?

Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs

This recipe has some really great textures.  Runny egg yolk, soft set whites, crisp potatoes, and crunchy bacon.  If you wanted you could serve this for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.  You can omit the eggs and use these little potato cakes as a side dish for roast chicken, sausages, or roast beef.  I like them just as they are with a simple garnish of fresh cracked pepper and some flakes of good sea salt.  You can round out the meal with a green salad or some fresh green beans cooked in some garlic and butte … and more crisp bacon.  When it comes to bacon I truly believe more is best.

Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs    Serves 4

For the potato cakes:
1 large  russet potato, peeled
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and cored
1/4 medium onion finely chopped, about 1/3 cup
1 strips thick cut bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying

For the poached eggs:
Water for poaching
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
4 eggs

Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached EggsApple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs

In a food processor, or with a box grater, shred the potato and apple.  Place the shredded potato and apple in a clean dish cloth, or in a salad spinner, and press or spin out the excess liquid.

Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs

In a medium bowl add the drained potato and apple, onion, flour, egg, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper.  Mix until well combined.

Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached EggsApple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs

In a non-stick skillet over medium heat add two tablespoons of vegetable oil.  Once it shimmers scoop golf ball sized scoops of the potato mixture into the oil and gently flatten them until they are no more than 1/4-inch thick.  Cook until deeply golden on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.  Drain on paper towels. Once drained you can transfer these to an oven safe plate and store in a warm oven while you poach the eggs.

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Bring a wide pan filled 3-inches deep with water to a simmer over medium heat.  Add the vinegar and stir to combine.  Break the eggs, one at a time, into a small ramekin or dish.  Slide the eggs slowly into the simmering water.  Immediately turn the heat down to medium low and poach until the eggs are your preferred level of doneness.  For a very runny yolk poach for 2 minutes, for a firmer yolk poach for 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon to drain.

To serve arrange three potato cakes in a plate and top with a poached egg.  Garnish with fresh cracked pepper and a generous sprinkle of sea salt.  Enjoy!

Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs

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Author: Kelly

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These sound lovely!

  • Nancy@acommunaltable

    These definitely hit all my favorite taste receptors! Perfect fall/winter breakfast/brunch!

  • Living The Sweet Life

    I love the texture a poached egg adds to a dish as well. This looks like it would be an amazing brunch ~ the mixture of apples and potato is pretty interesting, and the bacon just seals the deal.

  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme

    What a beautiful recipe! Very interesting use of apples.

  • brandi

    gorgeous! poached eggs are one of my favorite things. and bacon, apple, potato cakes? so genius.

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary

    What can I say except that this is EVIL!

  • Tina@flourtrader

    Those cakes are a wonderful blend of salty and sweet! Very creative use of ingredients. Yes, I will gladly have this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Buzz Buzz!

  • Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet

    Looks fantastic. I want this for dinner tonight!!


  • Maris

    I definitely need to do more egg-poaching. Sounds SO flavorful!

  • Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    apples and bacon are a match made in heaven…now i’ll be dreaming of these all week!

  • baobabs

    OMG YUM! I think i’m going to make this for dinner!

  • Christin

    Thank goodness the weekend is almost here and I’ll have time to make this recipe. Love poached eggs.

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    Ohhhh. thank goodness there is still time to be breakfast this morning!

  • Paula

    Oh My but this looks delicious. I can almost taste the running yolk as it drips over the cripy cakes. This is something I’d eat for breakfast lunch and dinner!

  • Paula

    So excited that I misspelled crispy but I think you know what I meant 😉

  • Jen @ Savory Simple

    I am also a sucker for poached eggs! It’s the best way to enjoy them. This looks wonderful.

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    omg these look so amazing! Great idea for Hanukkah!

  • Amanda

    Mmm nothing better than potatoes and bacon! This looks delicious! Please check out an awesome contest I have on my blog for a chance to win skillet bacon jam! It’s just as delicious as it sounds!

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  • Beth Michelle

    This looks so amazing… drizzle a little hollandaise sauce on there and you have a perfectly reinvented eggs benedict! Yum

  • Korey

    I made these for dinner tonight, and they were sooo good!! It was my first time poaching eggs, and I was worried, but everything turned out delicious and as it should have.

  • My San Francisco Kitchen Baking Blog

    OK i have to make this for breakfast tomorrow, it looks sooo delish!! Thanks for the great idea :)

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