Batatas Con Huevos -- Mexican Comfort Food

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

Created for RSC #6. This is basically a Mexican comfort-foody version of Eggs in Bed, but the bed this time is a potato, not a hollowed piece of bread. The original idea for this recipe comes from my Sushiman, who likes making up recipes on the spot but refuses to open his own account on Zaar and is perfectly happy to let me steal his limelight (and ideas).

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 large red potatoes
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, wilted
  • 4 whole raw eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • Salsa

  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 14 cup chopped onion
  • 4 sprigs cilantro, minced
  • 4 sprigs basil, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Poke the potatoes all over with a fork and nuke in the microwave for 15 minutes.
  3. Alternatively, you can bake them in the oven for 1 hour.
  4. Let cool until you can handle them with your bare hands.
  5. Trust me on this one, you don't want to be playing hot potato.
  6. Cut each potato in half.
  7. Pare off a tiny sliver of what will become the bottom of your potato, so it can stand on its own and not roll around.
  8. Scoop out the flesh and leave just a small layer of potato around the shell.
  9. Use the scooped out potato to make mashed potato, or save for another use, but you're not going to need it for this recipe.
  10. Line the 4 potato shells with the wilted spinach leaves.
  11. Crack each egg into a potato shell.
  12. Make sure the yolk doesn't break (you may want to crack the egg into a cup first and then gently pour it into the potato.
  13. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Top with grated cheese.
  15. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet (good idea to line it first with parchment paper).
  16. Bake in the oven until the eggs are set and the cheese is melted (about 20 minutes).
  17. In the meantime, make the salsa by combining all the ingredients.
  18. You can make it as chunky or as smooth as you like.
  19. Serve the potatoes with some salsa on the side.


Most Helpful

I made this recipe for 2. The spinach threw me off. Wilted? So I put it in the micro just to wilt. I do think this would be much better if it was sauteed in oil with garlic and onions. The pieces of spinach that were not covered ended up dry. The size of the eggs should be small. I used large eggs and they drip out of the potato and the dog got the rest that didn't fit. What kind cheese? Grated! I think Parmesan or Romano. But I used shredded Monterey jack cheese (nice kick). I did use my home grown and jarred salsa. 15 minutes is too long for 2 potatoes to by microwaved. I did make half the recipe and microwaved the potato for 8 minutes which gave it hard spots from overcooking. So watch your potatoes! I know we have different microwaves so the time is very flexible. OK time to complement the chief! This is comfort food! A great twist on egg in a bed! 20 minutes baking was perfect for me! A very interesting recipe. I will make again. This did have the comfort of the hot potatoes, creaminess of the cheese and egg, the spiciness of the salsa. Thanks for a wonderful brunch. —

Rita~ March 27, 2005

A lovely breakfast or lunch... I prepared the Batatas, scooped out the potato, followed the recipe to the letter, and I must say, Chef, there is nothing I would do to improve upon this. It certainly goes a long way to promote cheese and spinach for breakfast. I love the spinach packed into the potato shell. Topped with grated extra old cheddar, the aroma filled the room, and awakened my taste buds. Let me give you one word about the salsa. Excellent! One cannot improve upon a simple recipe, melding flavours of compatible seasonings . I shall prepare this salsa again for parties, and for Batatas Con Huevos; a comfort Food, Not just for Mexicans!!!

TOOLBELT DIVA March 22, 2005

This deserves 5 stars plus! I made them for Brunch served with Stewed mushrooms delicious. I baked the potatoes the day before and made the Salsa. Scooped them out in the AM, put in the spinach and baked them in a 375 oven for 20 minutes to heat and crisp the potatoes, then popped the eggs & cheese in them and they were ready in 10 minutes, soft yolks, firm whites. I used 2 Jalapenos in the salsa. I can see this recipe being used for scrambled eggs too - just sramble the eggs on top of the stove pop them in the hot spinach sheels, put cheese on top ready in 5 minutes Good luck in the contest this recipe is a winner

Bergy March 20, 2005

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