Monday, April 21, 2008

Two Takes on Eggs: the scramble and skillet

People are notoriously picky about how they like their eggs: wet, dry, over medium. It can be as convoluted as a Starbucks order and make any eater sound like Sally Albright.

Enter the scramble and skillet.

A scramble is eggs scrambled up with your choice of meat and vegetables. It's an omelet station in the comfort of your own home (with the added benefit of not having to eat an uncooked omelet). A skillet, pictured above, is just a scramble with potatoes. Both are all sorts of delicious and pretty hard to ruin. Add what you like and cook as long as you like. In our house I take my portion out and allow the rest to cook a bit longer, per my husband's specs. The addition of jalapeno, ham and green onion turn ordinary scrambled eggs into something you'd eat at a great breakfast spot.

Breakfast Scramble
Print recipe only here

Serves 2

10" Nonstick omelet pan
Heat resistant spatula

5 eggs
1/2 cup thick cut ham, cubed
1 jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped
1-2 green onions, finely chopped
1 t canola oil
1 tomato – optional (don’t make a special trip)
Kosher salt

1. In a nonstick pan, heat the canola oil over a medium flame
2. Add the jalapeno and green onion and sweat briefly
3. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs well and reserve
4. Add the ham to the pan and cook for a few minutes
5. Add the tomato when the ham is a bit browned. Cook for a minute or so, until it softens and the color deepens.
6. Add the eggs and a pinch of kosher salt. Allow to sit for a moment.
7. Using a heat resistant spatula, gently scrape the bottom and sides of pan, releasing and turning the cooked eggs. Allow to sit a moment between scraping again. You’re aiming to form large pieces of scrambled egg. Continue to turn and scrape gently until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Serve with a good hot sauce.

Cut potatoes into small dice. Follow Step 1 above, but add the potatoes to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes (nearly cooked through) before proceeding to Step 2. Follow remaining method instructions in order.

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