A few months ago, I impulse bought this wonderful brunch book and I’m obsessed with it. The recipes are generally pretty interesting – it’s great at giving you new ideas of how to rock same ol’ – same ol’ breakfast ingredients. And it hasn’t steered me wrong yet!

In honor of Memorial Day (and in preparation for the 10 or so hours of day-drinking I had ahead of me), I ambitiously decided to tackle two lovely recipes. After flipping through the book a few times, I settled on a sweet & a savory:

Lemon Almond & Blueberry Muffins
Hashbrowns w/ Chicken Apple Sausage & Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

The hashbrown piccies are especially pretty (due in no small part to the amazing vine-ripened cherry tomatoes I scored at the Korean produce market), so I’ll start with that one!

For the two of us, I started out with 10 little cherry tomatoes…

And some super delicious chicken & apple sausages.

Diced half a Vidalia…

Sorta peeled 1.5 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes; I think hashbrowns taste a lot better with a hint o’ potato skins.

Chopped the taters up into relatively uniform chunks.

And then added them to lightly salted boiling water, for 10 minutes.

Once they were softened enough, drained them…

And lightly mashed them with the back of a spoon!

Then I had to employ my latent time management skills. The sausages need 20-25 minutes, the tomatoes need 15-20 and the hashbrowns need about 30. So first, I melted some butter for the hashbrowns.

And started sautéing the onions.

5 minutes in, I threw the sausages into a roasting pan and drizzled them with olive oil before putting them in the oven at 400 F.

Finished up the onions, sautéing until soft & golden.

Another 5 minutes in, placed the tomatoes on a buttered baking sheet and drizzled them with a little olive oil before throwing them into the oven, too! When they had around 5 minutes left, I drizzled a bit of balsamic vinegar and then let them finish up in the oven.

Everything was moving along smoothly! Added the mashed potatoes to the sautéed onions…

Seasoned them (secrets!)…

Then it was just a matter of frying the potatoes, flipping and mashing, until they were browned to my liking. About 20 minutes later, everything was done! The hashbrowns…

The sausages…

And the tomatoes!

Yum… Hashbrowns w/ Chicken Apple Sausages & Roasted Cherry Tomatoes!

Recipe adapted from Easy Breakfast & Brunch