Recipe by Chef John
"This mammoth plate of food features three eggs, a half-pound of meat, and more than enough spinach. Apparently a late-night patron requested his spinach omelet include a hamburger patty, and this is what happened. In respect to good ol' made-up 'Joe,' I've kept the original portions, so feel free to share with a friend or three. This version is mostly meat and spinach, but if you want something closer to a classic scramble, then cut the beef and spinach amounts in half. This is how most restaurants that copy the recipe do it!"
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chopped fresh basil
chopped fresh oregano
salt and ground black pepper to taste
lean ground chuck
cooked chopped spinach, squeezed dry, or more to taste
grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or more to taste
Wonderful! The whole family enjoyed it. I didn't have fresh herbs so I had to use dried. It was still very good but a little bland so I added a seasoning mix from a favorite restaurant. I also mixed in some cheese as well as sprinkling on top. Next time I'll try with fresh herbs and probably add an extra egg.
Joe's Special Beef & Spinach Scramble Haiku: "God, this is ugly. But holy cow it tastes epic! Made it four times now." My daughter asked, "is this dinner? Breakfast? I can't tell!" to which I responded, "sweetheart, this is HEAVEN." Awful to look at, but I remedied that slightly the 3rd time that I made it by adding 1/2 chopped red bell pepper to the onions. The parmesan and the fresh herbs really add something, as I tried it once w/ dried herbs and cheddar cheese and wasn't nearly as thrilled. Really, as written it is fantastic, but our vote (besides it being a no-question-about-it-Five-Stars) is that it needs 1. Color and 2. 1 more egg. Oh and we love to eat it w/ crusty French bread and a side of steamed squash for some reason!
This was what I was looking for...ah, memories of San Fransisco nights, out on the town!
The flavors were spot on, but I tried the adjustments Chef John suggested and it was still HUGE. Next time I'll try the recipe as it stands sans eggs, then take about a cup of the meat, mushroom and Spinach mix and scramble in two-three eggs per person. I'll bet that's what they do in the Diners. In fact, if I hadn't added the eggs the meat mix would probably hold well enough in the frig for a day or two for left overs. As always, Chef John encourages us to play with our food. Anyone for Joe's REALLY Special Beef and Spinach Scramble Wraps for lunch? Want a little Huy Fong Siracha on that?
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Joe's Special Beef and Spinach Scramble
Serving Size: 1/1 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 540
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