What a wonderful breakfast and easy, too. How can you beat that?
This wonderful breakfast was in honor of our newest house guest and resident illegal alien, Hetty the Hen. Let me introduce you to Hetty the Hen.
This breakfast is in honor of Hetty because she comes with quite a story that is well worth sharing. We hope it brings a smile to your face. You see, I was diligently working one day when I received a shipment from Dublin, Ireland. My secretary very quizzically inquired if I knew anyone from or had any dealings with anybody with the IRA. I told her my investments were fine. Little did I expect what was held within this curious red paper wrapped package. Accompanying this mysterious package was the following letter, which, being cautious with the mysterious package, was read first before opening. Lo and behold, I was startled by the revelation it held within.
Now, in 1999, Texas became the first state to pass a Baby Safe Haven law. Under the safe haven law, someone who has a child under 60 days old that they do not want can take the child to an EMS provider and drop the child off, no questions asked. The EMS will notify the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services who will immediately take possession of the child and place the child for adoption. Nothing about the safe haven law deals with Irish hens or law offices! Imagine my surprise to find a forlorn, lonely hen seeking adoption in the US. Also, having only recently becoming empty nesters, I was startled to see I would now be responsible for another being, replete with immigration issues no less! Nevertheless, after calming down from the initial shock and everyone dropping by to see what was the hysterical commotion in my office, being the gullible soul that I am and knowing Baby Lady would love to have a hen in the kitchen, I took Hetty home with me where she currently resides. Baby Lady adores Hetty and treats her as one of her own. Her naturalization is going forward although I am having some difficulty obtaining a temporary work visa because holding eggs atop a refrigerator for some reason doesn’t qualify as a job classification. Go figure. As such, we are in intense negotiations with the Office of Customs and the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services to assure Hetty’s continued legal status in DFW. It may ruin any political aspirations I may have but we will never relinquish Hetty for deportation back to Dublin. I have been assured not to worry, however, because Hetty take up so little space, is beloved by all and may be entitled to political asylum. In the meantime, Hetty has made herself quite at home and rules the roost with several nice roosters who have been wanting a little female companionship.
- 4 large eggs, beaten well
- 1 cup shiitake mushrooms caps, chopped
- 1 cup roasted chicken meat, chopped
- 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 Tbsp Hot New Mexico green chiles, chopped
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp clarified butter
- 1/4 cup sharp, white cheddar cheese, grated
Using an 8 inch egg pan, add the clarified butter to the pan over medium-high heat.
Cook over medium-high heat until onions are translucent and the garlic has become aromatic, roughly 2 – 3 minutes. Now add the mushrooms
Cook over medium-high heat until the mushrooms have browned, released their liquid and have reduced in volume by 1/2, roughly 2 – 3 minutes. Now add the chicken.
sea salt, pepper and chopped chiles
mix together and cook over medium high heat for 3 minutes. Turn heat to high and, if needed, add 1 tablespoon of butter. Heat for 1 minute then pour in the eggs
Allow eggs to cook undisturbed for 60 seconds. Then, stir the bottom of the eggs breaking up the curds that have formed.
Stirring the eggs and breaking up the curds forms bulk and helps the frittata rise in the next step. Now continue to cook over high heat another 30 – 60 seconds. Remove from heat and place under a broiler.
Having cooked the eggs on the bottom and developed bulk it’s time to cook the eggs from the top. This enables the eggs to now rise and form an airy, eggy treat. Look how much the eggs rise under the broiler.
At this point, roughly 2 minutes under the broiler, remove the frittata and top with white cheddar cheese.
Return to broiler to melt cheese.
Remove from broiler, place on a cutting board.
Cut into quarters, serve & enjoy. This is a perfect breakfast for 2.