Category: Eggs

Chorizo and Chickpea Frittata

Let’s get back into the swing of things shall we?

Tax season? Check. Another CPA exam? Check. Vacation planned? Check.

We’re taking off soon [as in next week] on a road trip. That’s the big trip this year. I realize doesn’t sound nearly as glamorous as jetting off to Europe or Asia for a few weeks, but I really think it’s going to be equally as awesome. I’ve never gone on any sort of significant road trip other than down to California a couple of times or over to Salt Lake City when I was so young that I really don’t remember it. I’ve been to Europe a handful of times now, so it sounded good to dig into a bit of the US for once. The focal points are a few national parks — Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier — but I’m honestly looking more forward to the quirky little towns we stop in along the way. Let’s be real, I’m not that outdoorsy despite living in the Northwest. The No Reservations: Montana episode kind of inspired this whole thing. Bring on the obscure, the hearty, and the history.

Speaking of obscure and hearty, I really didn’t know what to think about this frittata. I would have never thought to put eggs and beans together on my own, but I put a lot of stock in Food52. The whole eggs and beans thing actually makes a lot of sense. The beans are soft, tender, and provide a whole heck of a lot of fiber to a protein heavy breakfast. Eggs and chorizo will do that to you. The spinach and roasted red peppers really brighten up the whole thing. If I had feta on hand, you can bet that would have been in/on the whole thing. It’s like a fully loaded frittata. The egg takes a back seat holding everything together, and lets the rest of the big flavors take over. It comes together quickly when I’m starving on a weekend morning and want to eat ASAP.

Completely unrelated, I’m really liking Food52’s Burnt Toast podcast. I’m not usually a podcast person, but this one is fun. Random food topics that I wish I could get into conversations with people about.

Inspiration: Food52

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced or use a microplane like I did
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/2lb ground chicken chorizo
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • olive oil
  • salt

Preparation

Brown the chorizo in the pan you’re going to bake your frittata in. Once browned, remove the chorizo but do not drain the grease. Add the onion. Sauté for 5-10 minutes until the pieces are soft and fragrant. The edges might start to brown and that’s a-ok. Add the garlic and stir for about a minute.

Add the chorizo back along with the chickpeas, roasted red pepper, and the smoked paprika. Stir to combine. Add the spinach. Stir to combine. The heat from the pan should start to wilt the spinach.

Turn on the broiler on high. Whisk the five eggs in a small bowl. Pour the eggs into the pan and stir so it’s fully distributed throughout. Stop stirring and let it sit for a couple minutes. When you jiggle the pan the eggs should be mostly set.

Place the pan into the oven. Cook the frittata for a couple of minutes until the top is set and starting to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before cutting. It can be served from the pan or inverted onto a serving plate. Slice into wedges and serve.

 

Thai Basil Pork

My first full weekend without work was equal parts good and bad. Saturday felt like Sunday the whole time, but it obviously wasn’t. We checked the box on several big pieces to the new patio out front. Bistro lights were hung. Outdoor furniture has been purchased. More plants have found homes. There are only a few things left to do. Regardless we spent a lot of time outside eating. It’s the new favorite place in the house. Get ready for a lot of food photos from out there. It’s going to happen. Sunday was spent watching a lot of football [soccer], studying, and a whole lot of my body fighting some sort of congestion crap. Not the perfect weekend, but I’ll take it.

This stir fry has become the new curry in this house. I make it all the time. When we don’t know what we want to eat? I make this. If I managed to have some time in the kitchen during busy season? I made this. The first meal back in the kitchen? This.

It started out as this Thai Basil Chicken recipe, and it’s morphed into what it’s become for me now. I don’t measure much anymore; it becomes an shake of this and a dash of that. The overall foundation is there. There is always a fried egg. There is always white rice. The bottle of fish sauce is always on the table. I add it to the stir fry and then again when it’s on my plate or in a bowl. My love of fish sauce is strong. I tried using a defrosted chicken breast once. Don’t do that. It was way too watery. I’ve tried ground chicken, which is good, but kind of bland ultimately. I ended up with ground pork because it’s cheap, already cut up into small pieces, and imparts a lot of flavor with it’s fattiness without being too greasy. Since New Seasons the fridge doesn’t have Thai chilies or Thai basil, it’s jalapeños or serranos and regular basil. It’s still very good, and still very worth it.

Inspiration: Eating Thai Food

Ingredients

  • 3/4lb ground pork
  • 2-4 small jalapeños or serranos, depending on your spice tolerance, sliced
  • 1-2 large handful of basil leaves
  • 5 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce, plus more to taste
  • olive oil
  • fried eggs and rice for serving

Preparation

In a large skillet, heat a couple teaspoons of olive oil on medium high heat. Add the garlic and jalapeños or serranos. Stir often. You don’t want that garlic to burn. Burned garlic sucks. Once it gets hot and fragrant, add the ground pork. While it browns, whisk together your sauce ingredients and sugar. Once the pork is cooked, if there is a lot of grease, drain it. It happens every two or three times for me. It totally depends on the pork. Add the pork back to the pan. There should be no need to turn the heat back on. Stir in the sauce and the basil. Stir until the is basil starts to wilt. Serve with rice and a fried egg.

Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast tacos don’t seem to get the love they should. Most people talk about their burrito counterparts almost exclusively. Most restaurants pay homage to the burrito. I don’t understand why exactly. Once I saw the other side, I’m beyond interested.

There is a New Mexican restaurant, Pepper Box, that recently opened a brick and mortar from their food cart beginnings. Their breakfast tacos are to die for. The tortillas are fresh and handmade. The chorizo is the things dreams are made of. The potatoes are the perfect crispy exterior and pillowy interior. The eggs are scrambled in the right shape and texture. You can choose your New Mexican chile [green always for me!]. They’re gigantic, flavorful, and perfect. I eat two because I am a glutton for punishment. I justify it with one chorizo and one farmers breakfast with all the vegetables. Equally awesome, just different. They have plenty of other things, but I can’t get over the tortilla, chorizo, and chile sauce. I could eat them every day.

These chorizo breakfast tacos are no where near as good as Pepper Box. They’re good in their own right, but just different. The key is finding really good chorizo. I bounce between the chicken chorizo at New Seasons and the chorizo from the Mexican market down the street. Two distinct flavors. The chicken chorizo is less greasy so that’s a big determining factor when I’m cooking it with other things. I took some time to boil the potatoes so they’d cook faster in the skillet. They gladly soaked up the chorizo flavor. I scrambled the eggs with everything out of laziness. You could get bigger chunks of egg cooking it separately and then adding it after. A bed of arugula is bright and peppery and Mexican crema is a cool, mellow contrast to the spice going on. You could add cheese or salsa or avocado or whatever your heart desires […or you already have in the fridge].

Ingredients

  • 1 Yukon gold potato, diced evenly
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped small
  • 1/2lb ground chorizo
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 tortillas
  • arugula
  • crema, cilantro, salsa, cheese, avocado, for serving

Preparation

Put the chopped potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for approximately five minutes or until they pierce easily with a fork. Drain and set aside.

While the potatoes cook, heat a skillet on medium high heat. Add the onion. Cook for a few minutes until the onions start to soften. Add the chorizo the chorizo. When it’s almost done, add the potatoes. Sauté the potatoes in the chorizo. Let each side of the potato sit for a couple of minutes before stirring so the edges get crisp.

Whisk the eggs together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the eggs to the pan with the potatoes and chorizo. Cook for a few minutes until the eggs are set. On eat tortilla add a small handful of arugula. Divide the eggs equally on a tortillas. Top with crema, cilantro, and any other items you have.

Samosa Hash

I finally made a point of going to the Wednesday farmers market to pick up some eggs. I also picked up some beautiful red and white dahlias. That’s not really the point. The point is eggs. The whole interaction made going for this special egg mission totally worthwhile. The older gentleman sitting at his table of eggs leaped to his feet and thanked me for dressing up to attend the market. I was at lunch during office hours, so I was rocking a pencil skirt, blouse, and heels. I told him it was the least I could do. He picked his favorite dozen of his stock, and promised that I’d enjoy them. You can’t get that kind of interaction at the fridge New Seasons. Flattery will get you everywhere with me.

And I do enjoy them. I love any excuse to use them.

This hash is paleo if that’s your thing. It’s not my thing. I just happen to like all of the ingredients in the bowl. I feel like rutabagas don’t get enough love. They always sit in the produce shelves next to the turnips [which always make me do a double take when I’m trying to make sure I grab one versus the other] and snap peas, and most people walk past them for broccoli or the leeks. The spice mixture is out of this world, too. Curry powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Using coconut oil versus the bacon grease doesn’t hurt either.

I ended up making the whole batch of hash and just added eggs as necessary for each meal.

Inspiration: Paleo Cupboard

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons cayenne powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 5 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 4oz can roasted green chilies
  • 1 rutabaga, diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach

Preparation

Make sure you cut the vegetables in a uniform size so everything cooks evenly.

In a large heavy skilled, heat the coconut oil on medium-high heat. Add all of the spices, stirring so the coconut oil is absorbed. Stir often. It’ll start smelling awesome. Add the onion, garlic, and green chilies. Sauté for a couple minutes until the onion starts to soften. Add the ground chicken, breaking it up as it cooks. After a minute or two, add the rutabaga. Evenly distribute and cover. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer everything for a good 10-15 minutes until the rutabaga is tender. Stir occasionally so nothing sticks. Add the spinach and stir until it wilts. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook as many eggs as you need, two per person. Poach ’em for all of that yolky goodness.

Chicken and Mushroom Soba Noodle Soup

Are you adept at eating with chopsticks? Do they intimidate you? I don’t know at what point I became okay with them. I never remember eating with them when I grew up. I’m pretty sure we didn’t. The hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant I grew up with [which remains my favorite to this day] doesn’t have them I’m pretty sure. They’re not a Chinese thing anyway, are they? Seriously, though, I have no idea when I started eating with them, and I sure as hell don’t have any idea how I learned how. I’m certainly not a pro. I don’t like to use them while eating soup with mixed company. There is always that irrational fear that I’m going to fling a piece of pork out of my bowl of pho into my neighbor. Maybe that’s what keeps my skills in check. I know better than to eat soup at work as it is. I always leave with equal parts of the soup on my top as I do in my mouth. I accept defeat immediately.

At home is fair game. I finally got a bunch [thanks, mom!] to use to my hearts content, and since I’m not making sushi anytime soon, I’ll make soup. At least then I can wear my pajamas apron to prevent any messes. Roma will wait patiently on the couch for the second we’re done so she can come slurp up whatever made it to the floor. There’s always something.

This soup is easily my favorite soup to date. I’m particularly proud of my poached egg skills [again, thanks mom] as they were the perfect texture. No complaints as I gulped down three bowls of the stuff. Sometimes that just has to happen. If you don’t mind throwing down, the more exotic the mushroom, the better. I couldn’t justify rehydrating a ton of porcini, so I picked up a bag of frozen mixed mushrooms and a bunch of fresh sliced crimini mushrooms. It’ll do. Between the mushrooms and the poached eggs, the chicken is a total after thought, but keeps the soup filling. Loved this stuff.

Inspiration: How Sweet It Is

Ingredients

  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 10oz frozen mixed mushrooms
  • 32oz chicken stock
  • 8oz soba noodles
  • 6 green onions, green and white parts sliced
  • 4 eggs, poached
  • salt and pepper
  • chili flakes

Preparation

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Bring your soup pot to a medium high heat before adding the chicken in a spread out, even layer. Let it brown on each side. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside. Reduce the heat to low and sliced shallot, mushrooms, and garlic. Stir to coat in remaining olive oil and chicken drippings. Cover with a lid and cook 5-6 minutes until the mushrooms are softened.

Add the chicken and stock the pot. Bring everything to a boil and add the soba noodles. Cook until the soba noodles are cooked through. Add all of the green onions. Taste the broth and add salt, pepper, and chili flakes accordingly. Ladle out soup into individual bowls and top with a poached egg and more chili flakes.

Creamed Leeks with Scrambled Eggs

I picked up a copy of SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine at the library. It makes me miss Italy so much. It makes me want to drink wine ALL THE TIME. It makes me wish I had access to things like rabbit liver and a pasta machine. I love really pretty cookbooks so much. They serve my coffee table proud. It helped inspire another lovely evening of Pinot Noir Reserve, prosciutto, a garlic romano baguette, pecorino romano cheese, robiola di langa due latte cheese, some sweet peppers and castelvetrano olives. Hea-ven. Eating like that never gets old. 

Spring is here which means one thing: I’ll start talking about going to the farmers market and go maybe twice. You know it’s going to happen. I’d like to hope I’ll go more than that, but I’m going to be realistic and not set the bar too high. Then I’ll impress myself. My Saturdays are sacred, y’know? They’ll start a Wednesday market by my office here soon, but that’ll cut into my gym-time. Priorities.

I did already go once a over Easter weekend to pick up the lamb, some eggs, some small potatoes, the most beautiful radishes I’ve ever eaten, and some leeks. I had been waiting for this moment ever since I’ve had my hands on The Sprouted Kitchen. This has to be one of the first recipes I fell in love with. I think it was its simplicity, yet taking a meal I love [breakfast] and elevating it to a classy new standard by implementing some slow cooked, creamed leeks. I was also intrigued by the method of cooking scrambled eggs that I most definitely didn’t master. I am impatient in the kitchen. Believe that.

I really, really wish I would have had real milk and not coconut milk for this one. It made everything far too sweet, despite using unsweetened coconut milk. It wasn’t bad, but just not what I was feeling for breakfast. I’m hardly ever a sweet person [unless it’s the savory french toast at Radar smothered in real maple syrup]. They’re absolutely worth making though. I love leeks. I’ve only been loving on them in the last few years. I never cook with them enough. I can’t get enough. Pile these leeks and eggs onto a piece of bread. Seriously.

Inspiration: The Sprouted Kitchen

Ingredients [for two]

  • 5 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 3 large leeks, white and light green parts cleaned, cut in half lengthwise, and sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons coarsly chopped tarragon leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Preparation

Whisk together the eggs and one tablespoon of the milk until smooth and light. You really won’t feel any tension as you whisk.

Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the leeks and a little bit of salt, stirring occasionally until the leeks are starting to brown. It should take nearly 15 minutes. Add the remaining four tablespoons of milk and tarragon, cooking it until the leeks soak up all of the milk. Turn off the heat and set them aside.

In a large nonstick pan, heat the olive oil on medium low. Whisk the eggs one more time before tilting the pan and letting the oil pool at the bottom. Pour the eggs directly into the oil before leveling out the pan. Leave the eggs alone and let them cook. When the bottom starts to set, push the cooked parts toward the center of the pan; the uncooked parts will run out and fill in the empty space. Keep doing this until the eggs are almost completely cooked. Turn off the heat, season with salt and pepper, and flip them one or two more times to finish cooking any remaining parts. Transfer the eggs to a plate with the creamed leeks and some toast.

Huevos Rancheros

Another amazing, ‘not a date‘ with Jenny for the books. Has it seriously been since June, Jenny? Wow. We went to The Woodsman Tavern. I’m in love with the space. Dark. Brick. Kinda old school country, but not in a western kind of way. All I can say is cedar-steeped Campari, domestic ham plate, brussels and sunchokes with anchovy vinaigrette, the best grilled pork chop, and meyer lemon cream pie. Holy freakin’ delicious. Go there. Take me. Thanks.

Sometimes I need something other than an egg sandwich on the weekend. That’s usually the go-to in the house. If I’m eating breakfast out, I’m getting the craziest thing on the menu, so those middle of the road breakfasts are the things that miss my affection. That’s unfortunate. There is so much good breakfast food, it’s hard for a girl to choose.

Huevos rancheros are definitely not something I’d order when I’m out, and I really don’t have a reason. Maybe it’s because I don’t usually think Mexican food when I think breakfast [unless it’s a breakfast burrito from Gonzales Taqueria]? Maybe it’s because I don’t see them a lot on menus? They’re good, though. I mean, is it really possible to have a bad one? It’s a simple combination of flavors coming together on a crunchy tortilla. The star of these huevos is the black bean mash. I’m a sucker for refried black beans, and these are just like it, only not fried. Bacon grease doesn’t hurt either. 

PS – I paid $2 for this avocado by the way. I wept.

Inspiration: The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook – Pg. 28

Ingredients

  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 green onions, green and white parts sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 6 small corn tortillas
  • Olive oil for brushing or spraying
  • 1 tablespoon butter [unless you kept your bacon grease]
  • 6 eggs
  • White cheddar cheese, shredded for topping
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • cilantro and lime for serving

Preparation

Warm the beans over low heat in a small sauce pan. Add about 1/4 cup of water and the greek yogurt/sour cream. Mash the mixture with a fork or potato masher. Puree if you’re feeling saucy. Add the bacon and taste for additional salt and pepper.

Turn the broiler on high. Spray or brush the tortillas with olive oil on both sides. Place the tortillas in the oven, watching them and flipping them as they brown. When they are lightly browned on each side, remove them from the oven and set aside.

In a large frying pan, melt your butter if you didn’t use the bacon grease. Gently break the eggs in the pan and cook to your desired level of doneness. Build your tostada with the tortilla + a nice layer of beans + egg + cheese, avocado, and cilantro. Use hot sauce and lime to your hearts content.

Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Hash

Breakfast for dinner is as American as apple pie, right? It takes me right back to the times growing up when my dad was out of town on business. That was a sure-fire sign that we’d be getting waffles for dinner [and a patty melt, but that’s another craving for another day]. Dad always made waffles on the weekend. Mom always made waffles for dinner when he was out of town. We’re a waffle family if you hadn’t noticed. Never pancakes. They were definitely a treat, though.

Brussels sprouts are all the rage right now, aren’t they? I even had brussels sprout nachos the other night. Brussels. Sprout. Nachos. I had no idea what it would entail, but I ordered it anyway. Deep fried leaves bathing in mole and chile sauces, topped with cotija cheese. It was kind of wild. And tasty.

So it only makes sense that I ate brussels for dinner. They really enjoy hanging out with sweet potato and bacon. Who wouldn’t? I won’t even try to persuade those sweet potato haters into eating this. This isn’t for you. I’ll just make you eggs and toast, and you can give me your sweet potato pieces. I don’t mind.

Inspiration: How Sweet It Is

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced
  • 2-4 large eggs

Preparation

Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the bacon. Once it’s cooked, remove from the pan and place on a plate with a paper towel. Try not to eat them all while you cook the rest. Reduce the heat a little. Add the onion and sweet potato, stirring to coat everything in the bacon fat. Mmm bacon fat. Cook for 6-8 minutes until the sweet potato has softened, stirring occasional so things don’t stick.

Add the garlic and brussels, stirring often over 5-6 minutes until they’re soft and golden. Cook your eggs in the desired fashion, and serve on top of the hash.

Chilaquiles and Eggs

I spent my Saturday night making cookies for dinner and playing Xbox. How was YOUR weekend?

There was actually a whole lot of awesome this weekend. I had a much needed and relaxing facial at Skin by Marywynn [I’m addicted, and go every six weeks]. I ate a delicious vegan mezza plate at Dar Salam. I saw Django Unchained [so, so good–go see it!]. We met up with friends who were in town for brunch at Mother’s Bistro, and followed it up with a trip to the Portland Art Museum for The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibit. High fives for a really good weekend.

We try to balance out the weekend eating with a little bit of eating in and out. It’s easy to get sucked into doing the latter because this is a breakfast town. Most places have a line, some well before they even open. We have a few go-to spots that we utilize to avoid most of that, and then coupling it with something as simple as an egg sandwich at home usually takes care of the rest. Very rarely do I try out something new for breakfast, though. It’s mostly because I usually have to do a little more planning and actually have food in the fridge, not for a lack of want. 

I had picked up the ingredients for these chilaquiles for the Christmas Mexican feast, but it was really unnecessary. We had way too much food as it was. I saved it for a breakfast, and put a fried egg or two on top instead of adding chorizo [although both would have been stellar]. The sauce that you make for it is really, really good. I fully intend on using it for enchiladas one day. It’s just as spicy as you’d like it to be. The original recipe said to use FOUR chipotle chilies in adobo. That’s damn insane, even for us. I used two, plus the roasted jalapeño in the sauce. It was still super spicy, which is fine by me.

Instead of frying my own tortilla chips, I tossed them into the oven under the broiler, stirring them occasionally, and flipping them when they started to brown. Way less greasy. Way less messy. I was a fan of that. If you can make your own pita chips, why not corn ones? It’s almost too easy [seriously, I almost burned a few. Keep an eye on it!]. Make sure you garnish with radishes and cotija cheese. I have a not-so-secret love affair with radishes. I’m the girl in the taco shop hoarding them in the salsa bar. I’m the girl buying bunches of them at the store, and eating them as soon as I get home. I really do like them a lot.

Inspiration: Saveur

Ingredients

  • 6 plum tomatoes, cored
  • 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 jalapeño [de-seeded if you’re so inclined], sliced in half
  • 1 small white onion, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 canned chilies in adobo
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt to taste
  • 10 corn tortillas cut into 1″ pieces
  • 4 eggs, cooked as desired
  • cotija cheese, for garnish
  • radishes, for garnish

Preparation

Set the oven on broil, and place the rack on the top spot. Spread aluminum foil on a baking sheet and lightly grease a baking sheet. Spread the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeño, and onion on the baking sheet. Place them in the oven for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally until they start to blacken and blister. Remove from the oven and place the vegetables in a blender or food processor. Add the chipotles, cilantro, oregano, and 1/4 cup of water. Blend until smooth. Taste and add salt as needed. The sauce stores well overnight if necessary.

On the same baking sheet, without the aluminum foil, spread the tortilla pieces on it in as  close to a single layer as possible. Make several batches if necessary. Place them back in oven, keeping an eye on them, stirring and flipping until they start to brown.

Start your eggs, cooking them as you see fit [fried, poached, scrambled, etc]. Heat the sauce in a deep walled sauce pan on medium heat. Once it begins to simmer, add the tortilla chips, and stir to coat. Once they’ve had a chance to soften and soak up the sauce, about 2-3 minutes, remove from the heat. Serve immediately, unless you like soggy tortillas. I don’t. At all.

Joe’s Special

>insert shock and awe at how quickly Thanksgiving is approaching<

Turkey Day is one of my favorite holidays, purely because it’s food focused [although we just bought an Xbox 360…I don’t know if we’ll be able to tear ourselves away], so needless to say, I’m pretty excited. I’m on dinner roll and cranberry sauce duty again this year. I may or may not bring a salad, an appetizer or a dessert. I really can’t decide. I can’t bring all three. Well, I could, but it would really be rather wasteful. I think we’ll have 12 people or so at my grandma’s. Hardly reason to break out seven tons of food. I can only eat leftovers for so long.

What are you making this year?

I haven’t been in the mood to make a whole lot in terms of dinner lately. My stomach has been a little off for one reason or another the past few days. It leads me to want something quick and easy, like take out, or breakfast. Breakfast for dinner will always hold a soft spot in my heart. It definitely ranks high on the list of quick meals.

Inspiration: Saveur

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 8oz ground beef
  • 10oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped parsley
  • crusty french bread rolls

Preparation

Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat, add the garlic and onion, stirring occasionally until soft and fragrant. When the onions start to turn translucent, add the ground beef. Break it up with your spoon as you stir it all together. Allow it to brown in the midst of the onion and garlic.

Give it enough time to cook off all the liquid. If you really want to rush it along, you can drain it depending on how fatty your beef is. Add the spinach, incorporating it into the beef mixture. When warm, approximately 2-3 minutes, add the eggs. Thoroughly mix it in, allowing it to scramble. Keep cooking it, stirring often, until the eggs dry out and it’s not soupy. This will take several minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Toast your bread under a broiler until crispy. Top the egg mixture with chopped parsley when serving. Eat as a sandwich, if desired. I did.