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The Green Scramble

by Nick

One of the best ways to use some leftovers is to make a quick egg scramble. After my spinach ricotta balls that I posted on Thursday, I had a pretty good amount of spinach and ricotta leftover so I figured I’d try making a quick scramble out of them.

Now, of course, you could get all fancy and make an omelet, but sometimes that’s just unnecessary. Sometimes a scramble is a better way to go. One awesome benefit of the scramble is that you can easily multiply it for as many people as you’re feeding. That’s harder to do with omelets.

For a scramble though, you can just as easily make it for one or twenty!

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Print Recipe Eggs with Spinach and Ricotta

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce (opt.)

Directions

1) Chop spinach well.  Scramble eggs and mix in ricotta cheese.

2) In a nonstick skillet, add a drizzle of oil and heat over medium heat.

3) Add spinach and cook until lightly wilted, about 30 seconds.

4) Add eggs and turn heat down to low.

5) Cook, stirring constantly, until the eggs are set but not firm.  You want them to still be nice and fluffy.

6) Serve with hot sauce or just a pinch of salt and pepper.

The Scramble Method

There’s really only one key, in my mind, to making a really good scrambled egg dish and that’s to do the exact opposite of what most people do.

What most people do is crank the heat on high and toss in the eggs. This is pretty much a surefire way to get overcooked, cardboard-like eggs. Nobody likes eating cardboard.

The real key to good scrambled eggs is actually low heat. The eggs don’t need a lot of heat to cook and that gives you much better control while they cook. The result will be really moist, fluffy eggs.

The other important thing is starting with really good ingredients.

ingredients

A quick scramble.

If you’re using greens like spinach make sure to chop them up pretty finely so they kind of melt into the eggs.

For spinach, I just ran my knife through it a few times.

chopped

All chopped up.

The Ricotta

I tried something new this time that I wasn’t entirely sure would work. As I scrambled my eggs, I added my ricotta into the eggs!

I figured that as the eggs slowly cooked, the ricotta would melt a bit and keep the eggs moist and flavorful.

eggs

Wasn’t sure this would work…

This worked like a charm! Just be sure to scramble up the ricotta so you don’t have one big chunk in the bowl.

Cooking the scramble

In a small nonstick pan, add a drizzle of oil and all the spinach. Obviously adjust the pan size if you’re multiplying the servings.

Cook this over medium heat until the spinach just starts to wilt, maybe 30 seconds.

spinach cooked

Lightly sauteed.

Then turn the heat down to low. Add the egg/ricotta mixture and cook, stirring continuously.

eggs added

Nice and slow on the cooking.

Obviously it will take a bit longer if you cook the eggs over low instead of blazing heat, but the results will be a lot better. My eggs took about 3-4 minutes to cook. We aren’t talking hours here people.

And the results were perfectly fluffy and delicious.

scramble

Creamy and flavorful!

Of course, you could add a million things to this dish. Some garlic or scallion wouldn’t hurt. Finishing it with some hot sauce is a solid idea. Heck, you could even use this as the base for an awesome egg sandwich!

Really you can’t go wrong as long as you start with good ingredients and keep your hands off the high heat!

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6 comments on “The Green Scramble

  1. I bet mixing in the ricotta is awesome and I have to agree that low heat is huge when scrambling eggs. Although sometimes I do crank up the heat at the end for a little browning. But then, I'm insane or so I'm told. Heh.

  2. I do this frequently but I don't cook the spinach. Just like you did with the ricotta I fold into the fix. In fact, I use a magic bullet to whisk the eggs and I throw the spinach in. The result is truly green eggs and they're very light and fluffy.

  3. I use left over manicotti filling for breakfast the net morning. The extras are mushrooms and garlic. Yum yum.

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