Last weekend my oldest son Jeffrey came home for Mothers day. “I’m making my famous breakfast for you, Mom” he says, “My roommates love it. It’s my egg- potato-whatever-you-have-on-hand-kinda-meal.” Famous? Alright. I’m game! So on this Sunday morning, straight from bed (embarrassingly, as seen with no shirt) he popped his head in my refrigerator and pantry looking for items I had on hand.I took notes and snapped pictures of this momentous event just for you! The end result was this delicious breakfast scramble. Really…you have to try this one.
(Here’s Jeff checking to see what he can use in my pantry and…. the meal ready to be served)
So here’s what he found… and all you’ll need
- 2 cups red or yellow skinned potatoes, diced
- 2- 3 tablespoons canola or olive Oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 6 eggs
- ½ – ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- ½ cup cilantro (optional)
- 1/2 fresh lime, squeezed (optional)
- Salsa on the side (optional)
Step 1: Dice the potatoes with the skin on. It was hard to judge how many he wanted to dice, maybe 3-4 medium red potatoes. So I asked him to put it in a measuring cup so we could judge it. Jeff says “cutting the potato in smaller pieces is better so they get crispy and brown.” Sounds good to me!
Step2. Heat the oil on medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. Add the potatoes. You are going to cook this for at least 10 minutes before you add the other ingredients. While you are waiting… prep everything else. But make sure it give it a stir every minute or so.
Step 3: Diced your garlic, and chop the red pepper and onion like this. Make sure you remove the seeds from that red bell pepper.
Step 4: After the potatoes are browning and well cooked. Add the onion, pepper and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 5 minutes.
Step 5: After the potato veggie mixture is well browned (see below) Add your eggs. Jeff added the eggs right into the pan. No sense in getting another bowl dirty. He just scrambled them right in there. Just mix it around.
Step 6: Once the eggs are firm and scrambled ( about 1 minute), you can add shredded cheese. And if you have cilantro–add that too. Jeff’s says the cilantro really makes this dish! And now’s the time to season with salt and pepper.
Step 7: The rest is entirely optional. He was on a roll now just looking for fun stuff to add. Here’s what he recommends — a squeeze of lime and even chopped avocado if you have one. Serve with tomatoes or salsa.Thanks Jeffrey for a really great breakfast and very special Mom’s day. My youngest son Ryan couldn’t make it home because he’s attending school in Santa Cruz which is 7 hours away. But we’ll catch up with him in a few weeks. I love you both!