Cook the bacon in a saute pan over medium heat until browned and crisp. Remove the pan from the heat and, using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the pan, leaving the fat in the pan. Add the bacon to the potatoes. Return the saute pan to the heat and add the onion and pepper. Turn up the heat and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until browned. Add the thyme and paprika, mix well and remove from the heat. Add the onion and pepper (including the fat) to the potatoes. Mix in the crab meat and season with salt and pepper. Mix very well, mashing the potato a bit so that the mixture sticks together. Divide the mixture into four 8-ounce portions and shape into 5 inch cakes. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
Fill a deep pan with water for poaching the eggs. Lightly salt the water and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar for each cup of water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so that it barely simmers. Heat the oil in a well-seasoned large skillet over medium high heat. Cook the hash"cakes" (they should sizzle when you add them to the pan) for about 5 minutes until the sides are crisp and brown.
Meanwhile, break the eggs one at a time into a small bowl and slide each into the poaching liquid. Do this quickly so that all the eggs cook in about the same amount of time. It will take only 2 minutes for a loose poached egg: whites barely set and yolks runny.
Easy Hollandaise Sauce
2 egg yolks
1/4 lemon, juiced
1 pinch salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 cup salted butter, melted
Beat egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a microwave-safe bowl until smooth. Slowly stream melted butter into the egg yolk mixture while whisking to incorporate. Heat in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and whisk. Makes enough for the dish above.
Note: If the sauce separates after microwaving, just add a splash of water and whisk until combined.