Joe’s Special (Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Beef, and Mushrooms)

Make a diner classic for dinner tonight - Joe's Special! Scrambled eggs with spinach, beef, onions, garlic, and mushrooms. 30 minutes.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6-ounce bag (8 cups) baby spinach
  • 1 pound (85 to 95%) lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, optional
  • Sliced sourdough bread or rolls, to serve

Method

1 Cook the mushrooms, if using: Melt the butter in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms into the skillet in a single layer and leave them alone, without stirring, until they begin to brown, about five minutes.

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2 Cook the onions: Add the onions, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and the garlic has lost its raw bite, about five more minutes.

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3 Wilt the spinach: Add the spinach to the skillet, stirring it into the other ingredients for a couple minutes so that it wilts and reduces in volume.

When the spinach has just barely wilted, transfer everything from the skillet to a large, shallow serving bowl. 

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4 Cook the ground beef. Add the ground beef to the empty skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle the Worcestershire sauce, pepper, nutmeg, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt over top. Cook the beef, breaking it up with your spatula into crumbles.

Continue to cook until the beef is fully cooked through with no trace of pink remaining, 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer the cooked beef to the serving bowl with the sautéed vegetables. Pour off any fat still in the pan, leaving just a thin film to cook the eggs. (Add a teaspoon of cooking oil or butter if the pan seems dry.)

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5 Scramble the eggs. Return the pan to the stove and reduce the heat to medium low. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with tabasco, just until thoroughly combined.

Pour the eggs into the skillet, and scramble just until the curds are barely wet and beginning to break apart, stirring often, about five minutes.

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6 Mix everything together and serve. Add the cooked beef and vegetables back to the skillet, breaking up the eggs into bite sized pieces and stirring everything together until evenly combined.

Transfer everything back to the serving bowl and serve hot, with sourdough bread alongside.

Joe's Special Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Beef, and Mushrooms