Introduction: Spanish Broken Eggs (Huevos Rotos) With Jamon Serrano
Looking for an extremely simple dish that actually tastes great? This is it! :)
Seriously, when I first had a chance to try Huevos Rotos during a business trip to Barcelona I was like... eggs, fries and ham? How can that be any special? But as soon as I had the first bite, I got hooked. The savory and intense flavor of the ham, homemade fries and the runny yolk on top of it... pure goodness!
This dish is very popular across various regions of Spain and there are quite a few varieties served, based on where you order this dish. However, the base remains the same. There are always fried potatoes (fries, wedges, rounds) some sort of meaty ingredient (Jamon Serrano, Iberian ham or some sausage) and there is a fried or poaches egg sitting on top.
The one I got served in Barcelona had homemade fries, poached egg and Jamon Serrano ham. And that's the variety I wanna show you today.
Note: Wondering why the fries in the photo are that dark? I happened to use a potato type that was high in sugars and these tend to get pretty dark when fried. Nope, the fries are no scorched :)
Step 1: Video Tutorial First.
I know that some of you prefer to watch a video instead of reading through the instruction, so here we go :)
Step 2: Ingredients.
This dish is literally kid-level-easy and you will need just 3 ingredients.
50-80g (2-3oz) Jamon Serrano
And a bit of salt to season the eggs with.
Step 3: Start With the Fries.
Slice the potatoes into strips, leave the skin on. I went for a pretty fine cut, but you don't have to. Huevos Rotos are often served with pretty thick fries or even wedges. Whatever you prefer, go with that.
Rinse the potatoes with water, then pat try them. Fry in vegetable oil.
Note: The authentic recipe suggests to fry the potatoes in olive oil, but somehow I don't like to use olive oil for frying so I went with sunflower oil.
Note 2: This recipe does not require the fries to be super crispy, so don't worry about the potato type too much.
Step 4: Slice or Tear the Ham and Make the Poached Eggs.
While the potatoes are frying, cut your Jamon Serrano into smaller chunks or just tear the slices by hand.
Start to make the poached eggs, so they are ready when the fries are done.
I'm using the whirlpool method:
1. Bring water to a boil in a pot or deep pan.
2. Add a tablespoon or two of vinegar and stir/mix the water to create a whirlpool.
3. Crack the egg into a small bowl, then carefully drop it into the center of the whirlpool.
4. Cook for 3-4 minutes, 5 if the eggs are really big.
5. The key is to cook the egg white so it sets, but keep the yolk runny.
Step 5: Fries Are Ready.
Once the fries are done, transfer them to a large bowl. Add salt and about half of the Serrano chunks. Give it a proper mix.
Why this step? The fries are still very hot so when you add the Serrano pieces, the fat will start to melt and release the amazing flavor.
Step 6: Time to Serve.
And we are done, it's time to serve.
Transfer the fries to a plate, add the rest of the Serrano ham and place the poached eggs on top. Garnish with some chopped chives.
Break the eggs and let the yolk run down the fries.
And now it's time to eat :)