Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring Dinner for a Bitch on a Budget

Sometimes, a girl just wishes she could afford some ramps. Some fresh summer onions. A cardboard crate of strawberries from the Farmer’s Market, even. Heck, if it’s in season and it’s spring… I’m craving it. Which makes going home to a kitchen fully stocked with a half-gallon of oatmeal and a couple of eggs (plus plenty of coffee and spicy mustard, as expected) all the more depressing.

A recent bout of seriously jonesing for a meal that didn’t come out of a cereal box or a dented can led me marching to the supermarket, on the hunt for a dinner I could make under $7.50 for myself and the boy.

Inspired by a recent brunch dish and even more exhilarated by the mega sale happening at the Key Foods on Grand St and Lorimer, I present a dinner for you, prepared by one broke Brooklyn Bitch on a budget (for two!):

All you need:
2 tbs olive oil
2 large leeks
4 c fingerling potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
2 minced garlic cloves
1 ¼ tsp paprika (this recipe calls for Spanish smoked paprika. Now, I have no idea what that is… but it sounds expensive. No thank you)
Salt and pepper
1 bunch of Swiss chard, thinly sliced
4 eggs
¼ c shredded Gruyere (I’m not gonna lie… if this cheese hadn’t been on mega-sale then I would have done without, but boy am I glad I got to splurge on this one)

1.    Heat skillet. Add oil.
2.   Once oil is sizzling, cook leeks for 6-8 min.
3.   Add potatoes and garlic. Cook until potatoes are fork-tender (approx 15 min)
4.   Add paprika, salt and pepper.
5.   Add chard and cook for four minutes. Stir constantly.
6.   Use a spoon to carve out four egg0sized holes. Crack egg into hold and sprinkle with salt, paper, and paprika.
7.   Cover. Cook for 3 min.
8.   Uncover and sprinkle with cheese.
9.   Put lid back on and cook 2 minutes until egg yolks are lightly set.

Enjoy with some Andre and some orange juice. It’s breakfast for dinner, which pretty much always means mimosas.

What’s your favorite breakfast for dinner? I know for a fact my baby sis would eat pancakes for three meals a day if Mama Bitch permitted it. Drop me a comment below, send me an email to bbonabudget(at)gmail(dot) com, or Tweet me @bbonabudget so I can indulge in all of your favorites!

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