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!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 large serving
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat eggs, basil, and oregano together in a bowl.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

879 calories; protein 72g 144% DV; carbohydrates 13.6g 4% DV; fat 60g 92% DV; cholesterol 715mg 238% DV; sodium 612.6mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2014
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/04/2017
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. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2014
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2018
This is an authentic recipe for Joe's Special. Having lived in San Francisco and had Joe's Special many times, I particularly love making this in May and June when Vidalia onions are available. Over the years, I've embellished it with everything from dry Marsala to toasted pine nuts and it is always so good. We like serving this with sliced avocado on the side, or sometimes topped with a poached egg. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/04/2017
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2018
I added 3 red potatoes cooked pealed and cubed. A total meal in 1 plate. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2018
I made it twice so far. The second time I made it I added a fresh hot pepper to kick it up a notch. It's is very good both ways depending on whether you like it spiced up a little or not. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2018
My son and I made this it was good just needed more flavor. Maybe a bit of tomato paste added with the beef it mushrooms. We both thought tomatoes but did not want the wetness of drained tomatoes. Even ketchup stirred in would help. We already added garlic. We like a lot of flavor. If you have mild tastes it s great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2018
What no cayenne?:-) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2015
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 plates this makes enough for 3 easy. We had Bavarian toast with it very good. Read More