I keep seeing advertisements for chain restaurants that say they have new and wonderful dishes. First, I’m often on the run and stop at these places for a meal and they are often just fine. I’m not complaining about that or any restaurant in general. What I am complaining about is that “they” make these things sound like the only place to get these dishes is at the restaurant. It just isn’t so. I guarantee you that if you have the things in your freezer I’ve mentioned and a generally well stocked kitchen you can make these dishes at home faster than you can get ready, drive to the restaurant, order, get your food, and eat. And they will taste better too!
For example, the other day I saw a skillet dish advertised that is something I grew with. Daddy would make this for breakfast when we were hunting or sometimes for dinner. Today I often make it for breakfast when I have a houseful of people or if I’m tired and just want comfort food for dinner. Now bear with me, as it’s never had a name until now, so I think we’ll call it…Potato Scramble…yes, that works. I’m going to give you a rough recipe for this and you should fly with it.
1 bag frozen country hash browns (you know the ones that are in little cubes)
Bacon, sausage, or ham (enough for a serving for each person you are serving)
Eggs (1 per person)
Salt and pepper to taste (it will take more of each than you think)
Cut your desired meat into half-bite sized pieces before sautéing it in a large sauté pan over high heat. Remove the meat and set it aside on a paper plate. Note: I stick to one kind of meat but feel free to mix them. Depending on how many drippings are in the pan from the meat you may have to add a little olive oil to have enough to lightly coat the potatoes. Put enough potatoes in the pan to givee each person a large serving. Stir the potatoes to coat lightly and add a light sprinkling of salt and a heavy sprinkle of pepper. This will be done over medium heat. When the potatoes are about halfway done, add the onions. When the potatoes are almost done, add the meat to the pan and stir in. Break the eggs into a bowl and whip with a couple of tablespoons of water. When the potatoes are done add the eggs to the pan and quickly stir. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the potatoes and cover for 2 or 3 minutes. Serve and enjoy.