Stuffed Fry Jacks – BEST BREAKFAST EVER
Just as some people are legs people, I’m egg people. I like eggs pretty much every different way (picture Forrest Gump describing all the ways to make shrimp) and this recipe is no different. In this recipe though, eggs are just one element of many that come together to create a delicious and healthy breakfast. Haha, just kidding. This stuff should not be on your radar at all if you are trying to drop a few lbs. It’s basically dough, stuffed with all kinds of deliciousness, fried. My inspiration was our trip to Belize last year, where fry jacks are everywhere. A traditional fry jack is just basically fried dough. It’s commonly topped with cinnamon and sugar or served with a jam, but some places we visited did stuff them to appeal to us “egg people” out there. So let’s get down to business.
Step 1: Make a Michelada. It’s Sunday, right?! If it’s not Sunday when you’re making this, then it should be Saturday so it’s still cool to drink a Michelada. If it’s not Saturday or Sunday then you probably don’t work or at least work normal hours because this recipe kind of takes a long time so go ahead, make your Michelada. Dark beer tastes crappy in a Michelada so use something light. I mean, you drink Michelada’s in the morning so now is not the time to be bringing out your favorite 7.4% microbrew or else it’s going to be a long day for you. Shoot, if there was every a time to even drink a Michelob Ultra it’d be now. It’s Sunday morning and you’re about to down the most filling, delicious breakfast ever so don’t take up any more stomach room and calories then you need to.
- 1 light beer
- 1/4 or less of either tomato juice or clamato juice
- juice from 1/2 lime
- hot sauce
- A little Worcestershire or soy sauce
- A little Tajin spice on top
If you have all these things, great, just pour them in a glass. If you just have tomato juice and beer, that’s cool too. Make yourself a red beer and move on to step two.
Step 2: Make the filling for your fry jack. It’s almost impossible to mess up your fry jack filling. I like a combo of potatoes, eggs, meat and cheese in mine so I went with the following:
Fry Jack Filling – Serves 4:
- 5 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 6 Red potatoes, microwaved for 2 minutes then cut into small squares
- 1/2 onion, whatever kind you like
- 1/2 pepper, any color that is on sale
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- Cilantro, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 4 eggs
- Shredded cheese – your choice
Use whatever pan makes you happiest and is largish. I used my huge cast iron. Cook the bacon until it’s done on medium heat then take it out and let it drain onto a paper towel. Leave the bacon grease in the pan (because really, that’s the least of our concerns with this meal) and the heat on medium, add the potatoes, which are already half cooked from the microwave. If they’re raw, that’s cool too, just let them cook longer. When the potatoes are about 3/4 of the way done, around 15-20 minutes, add the peppers and onion and cook slowly for another 10 minutes. Everything should be looking and tasting pretty done at this point. Add some salt and pepper until it tastes good. When it looks and tastes about done, add the garlic to cook the last couple minutes and finally, add the cilantro then the bacon back into the pan. Hold the shredded cheese aside for stuffing later.
Make scrambled eggs with the 4 eggs. This is very easy. Literally beat 4 eggs with a fork in a bowl and add a bit of salt and pepper. I have never thought adding milk to scrambled eggs was worth the time and effort so I don’t do it. Melt some butter in a pan on medium low and add the eggs. Move them around with a spatula until they look done. You’ve got this.
Step 3: Make the dough. If you try and buy pizza dough at the store I’m not gonna hate, but it’s very unnecessary. Make this super simple fry jack dough. I promise you’ve probably got everything already.
Fry Jack dough:
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt – less if you use sea salt
- 1 1/4 cup water
Seriously, just mix everything in a bowl with a spoon until it’s well mixed. That’s it. If it looks too wet and sticky, just add a tablespoon or two more flour. Cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes. If you’re pissed at me for not telling you to do this while the potatoes were cooking then that was your bad for not reading the recipe in whole before you started cooking. Don’t be mad, just make another Michelada.
Step 4: Stuff and fry your fry jacks.
Stuffed fry jacks:
- fry jack filling
- fry jack dough
- Frying oil – canola, vegetable or grapeseed
- hot sauce – If we’re going straight Belizean, then clearly we’ll do Marie Sharps
- pickled peppers and carrots – optional
Using a floured cutting board, roll out 1/4 or 1/5 of the dough. There is seriously no shape you have to stick with here, just make sure it’s fairly thin so you don’t have uncooked dough inside after frying. Add the fry jack filling and cheese to half of the dough, flip over the top and do something resembling a fold to stick it all together. DO NOT make these bad boys too big please. “But Shawny”, you’re saying, “Big daddy has a huge appetite and wants an enormous fry jack!” Well “Big daddy” can just have two fry jacks because trust me, you don’t want to make enormous fry jacks. They will be a pain in the ass to fry, I promise you. You will have stuff leaking out of the fry jack if you even make it into the oil. Big daddy will just have to deal, if he can’t, just stick the habanero out of the pickled peppers into his fry jack and laugh to yourself.
Make sure you have enough oil in your high sided pan to completely covered a fry jack and heat on medium temperature until ready. Ready means that when you add a tiny speck of dough to it it’ll immediately float and have oily bubbles all around it. When the oil is ready, add 1 fry jack at a time, flipping it over and over once it’s a bit solid. When it’s a nice shade of tan it’s done. Throw it on a paper towel and fry the remaining jacks!
Step 5: Enjoy your jacks with hot sauce, pickled veggies and whatever else sounds good. Drink another Michelada and take a catnap on the couch.