An egg scramble is the cheapest most satisfying meal one can make in literally a matter of minutes. Eggs are one of the most versatile, quick, and easy ingredients to transform into a masterpiece. Eggs can be the star of the show or the supporting actor.
First, let’s talk aboutsome key things you should always keep in your kitchen.
Olive Oil: A cheap blend is fine, lighter is better because it can be used in almost every application. The darker green colored ones (extra-virgin) tend to be really “green” tasting and should be used only when you want that specific flavor.
Eggs: Eggs by the dozen cost anywhere between 1.79-3.49 (if you want fancy organic eggs). Typically you only need two/three eggs unless you’re a hungry hungry hippo, so that’s on average four foundations of a meal for a price of 1.28 or six meals for .88.
Salt: DUH! I like kosher salt because has a good texture so you actually feel how much you are adding, keep it in a little bowl and use your fingers to add. Saltshakers take the control away from you.
Pepper: Another duh, a pepper grinder is good because it is the freshest and adds the most flavor.
Non stick skillet- Literally you can buy this from Ikea for under five dollars and if you take care of if you can keep it forever (well almost)- I’ve had one I bought 6 years ago my second year of college. NEVER EVER use a fork or anything that can scrape your skillet, I’ve nearly bitten the heads of several people and that’s why my skillet is like new.
Rubber Spatula- This is key is keeping your non-stick skillet like new, used this and only this when making eggs.
So back to the egg scramble, three steps.
- Heat the pan with a tablespoon of so of olive oil.
- Look in your fridge and see what tid-bits you have left over, cheese, turkey meat, leftover fried chicken from KFC, fried rice, nearly wilted spinach? Take 1,2,3 of these items and throw them into the pan to sauté for a minute or two.Literally the sky is the limit here, but you have to make some executive decisions don’t just throw everything into the pan, try to think of what would go well together (critical thinking, I know scary, there are some ideas to start you off at the bottom)
- Take your eggs, which you definitely have on hand, and crack them directly into the pan. (Yea, there is no reason to scramble them in a separate bowl you have been lied to. Well the reason would be so the eggs would be fluffy and all one color, but we aren’t making a fancy omelette, why dirty a bowl, cooking is easy remember). Use your rubber spatula to cook them to your desired doneness, and voila! A delicious healthy meal you just created in minutes!
For those aren’t feeling the most inspired here are some excellent scramble ideas
South of the Border: Cheese, Salsa, Tortilla Chips
Hangover Fix: Any fast food you have, Cheese, hold the cheese if its asian leftovers
Green Eggs & Ham: Ham Lunch Meat, Prepared Pesto
Garden Delight: any and all veggies
Turkey & Tomato: Sun-dried Tomatoes, Turkey Lunchmeat, Pesto Gouda (pictured above)