Recipe Redo: Daphne Oz’s Eggs with Sweet Potato Pancakes

10/02/2013 at 02:13 PM ET

Maxwell Ryan Daphne Oz Sweet Potatoes
Nealey Dozier

Maxwell Ryan is the founder of Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, a web magazine about home cooking and kitchen design. Visit Wednesdays for his spins on celebrity recipes and more.

One reason I love breakfast for dinner: Sometimes you come home after a long day and you just want something easy to cook.

Breakfast dishes are often nutritious, too—like this Eggs with Sweet Potato Pancakes recipe from Daphne Oz. But I was in the mood for something just a little heartier, so I turned it into a breakfast-dinner hybrid by subbing a baked sweet potato for the potato pancakes.

This recipe is just as easy to make as the original. After popping your sweet potatoes in the oven, you cook the onions, bacon and eggs in the same pan, requiring little clean-up. Make this for your family or guests, or cut the recipe down to ¼ and treat yourself while you kick back and watch a movie at home. Comfort is in the air.

Maxwell Ryan Daphne Oz Sweet Potatoes
Nealey Dozier

Maxwell Ryan Daphne Oz Sweet Potatoes
Nealey Dozier

Maxwell Ryan Daphne Oz Sweet Potatoes
Nealey Dozier

Maxwell Ryan Daphne Oz Sweet Potatoes
Nealey Dozier

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Arugula and Fried Eggs

Serves 4

4 sweet potatoes

Olive oil, to taste

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

½ lb. thick-cut bacon (about 6 slices)

2 large yellow onions, peeled and cut into thin slices

4 large eggs

4 oz. arugula (about 4 big handfuls)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Scrub and dry the potatoes. Rub them with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Prick each sweet potato a few times with a fork and place it on a baking sheet. Bake until soft all the way through, 45 to 60 minutes.

3. While the potatoes are baking, warm a large skillet over medium heat and add the bacon in a single layer when hot. Cook, turning a few times, until the bacon is golden and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and lay it on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

4. Drain off all but a tablespoon of the bacon fat. Return the skillet to medium-low heat and add the onions with a generous pinch of salt. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden-brown and very soft, about 30 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

5. Once the potatoes have finished roasting, warm the pan used to cook the bacon and onions over medium heat. If necessary, add enough olive oil or leftover bacon grease to coat the bottom of the pan. Once warm, carefully crack the eggs into the pan, spaced a little apart. Let them fry until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny. If the whites seem to be taking a long time to fully set, cover the pan with a lid for a minute or two to speed up cooking.

6. To serve, place one sweet potato on each plate. Split it down the middle and break it apart with a fork so the meat of each side is facing upward. Add a handful of arugula to each sweet potato. Divide the onions between the sweet potatoes, piling them on top of the arugula. Crumble the bacon and scatter it over the onions. Top each sweet potato with a fried egg and season generously with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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