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Joe's Special Beef and Spinach Scramble

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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30 m servings 879 cals
Original recipe yields 1 servings (1 large serving)

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  1. Beat eggs, basil, and oregano together in a bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions with a pinch of salt in hot oil until onion is translucent, 4 to 6 minutes; add mushrooms with another pinch of salt. Saute mushrooms and onion until mushrooms are soft and brown around the edges, 4 to 6 minutes more.
  3. Stir ground beef, pepper, and salt into the mushroom mixture. Cook and stir until meat is lightly browned and crumbly, 1 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat. Push all meat to one side of the skillet and tilt the skillet so that the excess grease runs down to the bottom of the pan. Use a paper towel to blot the grease.
  4. Stir spinach into beef mixture and cook over medium heat until spinach is heated through, about 1 minute. Add eggs; cook and stir until eggs are set, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and top with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 879 calories; 60 g fat; 13.6 g carbohydrates; 72 g protein; 715 mg cholesterol; 613 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 re...

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 m...

Made this as posted, with exception of cooking it in a little Ghee. Olive oil can become rancid when heated. I also added a ripe tomato I had. Husband liked it.

We quadrupled the recipe and added extra everything except the onion. It's essentially a backwards omelette the way we made it - as much meat as you'd expect egg to be, and as much egg as you'd...

Made as directed and yes Sir tasted just like what I'd been craving. I think net time I'll add more eggs I wanted more of a scrambled egg mixture. Roommate thought it was awesome too he had two...