When you don’t have enough eggs

The other morning I wanted to make scrambled eggs, but didn’t happen to have enough eggs. I remembered I had a 2-pound package of frozen hash browns from the dollar store. I fried the hash browns up with onion, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro.  At the last minute I added the 4 eggs I did have, cooking and stirring just long enough to set the eggs.  A bit of grated cheese was the finishing touch. The end result was much better than plain jane scrambled eggs, once again proving that some of the best meals come from improvisation.

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  1. Must be hashbrown time! I just cubed and fried up some leftover baked potatoes for breakfast this morning, also augmented with some scrambled eggs.

  2. Mmm… cilantro!

  3. I cannot believe that I have never thought of this. Thank you so much! There have been countless mornings when I find a few eggs in the fridge and scratch my head wondering what to do with them when it takes a full dozen to feed everyone. What a great idea!

  4. If you fry up bits of sausage or cut up bacon first, and then add the hashbrowns…and everything else you added…then it’s called “Catastrophe” and it’s AWESOME for campouts. *grin*

  5. Sounds delicious. I will definitely keep that in mind.


  6. I’m with you–I love improvisation! My daughter likes to play a game where she blindfolds herself and pulls a bunch of stuff out of the cupboard, and then has to figure out what to do with it. It’s often pretty good!

    And Aunt LoLo, I can just taste Mary’s hashbrowns & eggs with your bacon while I’m camping in my trailer. Makes me long for summer!

    Sheila from To Love, Honor and Vacuum

  7. When I was growing up scrambled eggs always had broken up bread, finely chopped onion, a little milk, salt and pepper in them. MMM good and it sure stretches the eggs and food budget.

  8. Fantastic idea!! Some of our favorite meals start with, “well, I’m out of…” 🙂

  9. I’ve been eating low carb recently, so potatoes have been out for me for a while, but here’s what I’ve been doing. I brown up some sausage in a pan (loose, not links or patties). Once it’s browned, I add broccoli (since I’ve been low carbing, there’s always leftover broccoli, already cooked, in a container in the fridge). Once the broccoli is warmed up, I add eggs (depending on how many I have/how many I’m cooking for). Once it’s set up, I top with cheese. YUMMY! We had breakfast for dinner the other night and this is what my husband and I had (the kids had blueberry pancakes, LOL).

  10. That sounds fab! 😉 Mmmmm.

  11. Michele Hiatt says:

    Mary –
    I thought I read one day that you had chickens. We have chickens and we always have too MANY eggs!(just saying – not complaining) So once a week we have eggs for dinner. I have used up some potatoes with this same method just had to chop and cook the potatoes a little longer than the pre-made hashbrowns.