One-Pan Spuds, Eggs and Spinach

Is it late breakfast or brunch? I love having people over for breakfast because we can go for a walk afterwards and just hang out. Being at friends’ houses and eating for hours is how the Danes like to do it! Serve this alongside cheese, jam and some freshly squeezed juice.

Note: My favourite things are all combined in one pan: mushrooms, eggs, spinach and potatoes. Cooked in the pan and finished off in the oven, you can have the mess cleaned away and the table set so it’s easy to linger over this delicious meal.

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4


    • 500g potatoes, unpeeled

    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    • 5 thyme sprigs, leaves only

    • 1kg spinach

    • 500g brown mushrooms

    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped

    • 1 green chilli, chopped

    • 4 eggs

    • sea salt

    • freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180’C.

Rinse the potatoes and cut into small cubes. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the potatoes with the thyme and some salt for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse the spinach in cold water several times until clean, then drain well. Steam the spinach and drain well.

Now roughly chop the mushrooms and add them, with the garlic and chilli, to the pan with the potatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes, then take off the heat, mix in the spinach and divide between four small ovenproof dishes (or use two larger ones). Crack an egg on top of each (or 2 if using two dishes), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the white of the egg is cooked. Serve right away, with bread.

Recipe taken from Scandinavian Comfort Food, by Trine Hahnemann

The Scandinavians excel at comfort family, friends, a good atmosphere, long meals, relaxation, and an emphasis on the simple pleasures. They even have a word for this kind of cosiness that comes with spending quality time in hearth and home when the days are short: hygge. Trine Hahnemann is the doyenne of Scandinavian cooking and loves nothing more than spending time in her kitchen cooking up comforting food in good company. This is her collection of recipes that will warm you up and teach you to embrace the art of hygge, no matter where you live.

You can purchase Scandinavian Comfort Food at

Published by Hardie Grant

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