Here’s a little known fact: I love french fries. You might even call me a french fry connoisseur of sorts. I especially love to make my own when we have extra potatoes in the pantry. Dang it… now I want some french fries. If you’ve ever gone out to eat or picked up something from your local fast food chain’s drive through you’ve probably ordered some french fries. Freshly made french fries are the bomb (dot) com but sometimes you can’t finish them all. Any attempts to microwave them have resulted in nasty limp potato things that you really don’t want to eat but you don’t want to waste either.
Luckily you can bring them back to crispy life by re-heating them with a tablespoon of oil in a skillet. My favorite trick is to throw some leftover veggies, fries, and meat into a skillet and make a skillet scramble. It’s extremely easy and is great for using up those leftovers that would otherwise be forgotten in the fridge. Don’t deny it, it happens to all of us. The husband and I are really bad about bringing home to-go containers and forgetting about them in the fridge. I have a thing about not finishing all of my food, so I bring it home – and then I completely forget about it. We’re trying to get better about it.
When I was growing up, my dad used to make these awesome skillet meals on the weekend by using the leftovers in the fridge. He’d throw in cut up pieces of bread too so it was literally a one dish meal which covered all of the necessary food groups. Recently I’ve been craving it so I decided to make some for breakfast yesterday. It was most definitely a success and was just what I was craving. The best part about this recipe is that you can use whatever you have left over in your fridge so there’s no need to go crazy and go to the supermarket for crazy ingredients.
For starters, gather all your ingredients and put about 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet, set to medium high heat. Then go ahead and throw in half of an onion and one clove of garlic and let that cook down for about 3 minutes. After that toss in your meat, we had some bacon left over from making jalapeno poppers so I cut it up into inch sized chunks and tossed it in. Cook this until your meat is 90% cooked to the way you like it.
While the meat and onion chunks are cooking away, go ahead and prep your other ingredients. We had half of a bell pepper and about 1.5 cups of left over french fries that needed to be dealt with. I roughly chopped them up.
Once the meat was 90% cooked, I turned down my temp to medium and then tossed in the french fries. You don’t need to add any extra oil since the bacon fat has rendered. I realize that this is not the most ‘healthiest’ of dishes but it’s tasty. Spread the french fries in an even layer on the pan and let them cook for about 2 minutes on a side, then flip. They will be revived to the perfect crispness of their former glory.
After your fries are ready to go, add in your other veggies. Cook for about 3 minutes just so that they start to sweat. Now depending on what kind of veggies you’re using, you may need to adjust your cooking time.
Once your veggies have cooked for a little while in the pan, move everything to one side of the pan. Crack your eggs into a Pyrex measuring cup and then scramble them with a fork. After you’ve done that, pour the eggs into the empty side of the pan and stir the eggs occasionally so that they get nice and scrambly. (<— That should really be a word.) Cook your eggs for about 2-3 minutes until they have mostly set up then go ahead and mix everything together. This is the point where you can salt and pepper to taste. If you want to add in some other herbs, go ahead and do so now.
Cut up some bread slices and toss them in as well. Cover and let everything incorporate for about 1-2 minutes then stir/flip and do it all over again. When the bread is lightly toasty, go ahead and add in some of your favorite cheese, cover with a lid for 2 minutes just so your cheese gets extra melty then take it off of the stove and serve.
This skillet scramble with serve about 2 people. It all depends on how much leftovers you have. It’s perfect for the man and me.
Serve with your favorite morning beverage and enjoy. Feel free to add in some salsa, sriracha, or my personal favorite – ketchup.
You can’t get any easier for that plus it’s a great way to use up those little bits of leftovers hanging out in your fridge.
Let us know how you personalize your skillet scrambles in the comments below. We love to hear from you guys, so don’t be shy.
- 1½ cups of leftover french fries
- 5 strips of bacon (cut into 1'' pieces)
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- ½ of a small onion - diced
- 1 clove of garlic - minced
- ½ of a yellow bell pepper
- 4 eggs
- 2 slices of bread - cut into 1'' chunks
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Melt your butter in a large skillet on medium high heat.
- Add in your onions and garlic clove and cook until the onions are translucent.
- Add in the bacon pieces and cook the bacon until it's 90% done.
- While those are cooking go ahead and prep your other items.
- Toss in your diced up french fries and cook in an even layer, 2 minutes per side.
- Add in the bell pepper and let that cook (and sweat) for about 3 minutes.
- Push everything to one side of your pan and add in your eggs and stir occassionally so that everything is nicely scrambled.
- Salt, pepper and season to taste then mix everything nicely.
- Add in the diced bread and cook until it is lightly toasted on both sides.
- Lastly add your cheese, cover for 2 minutes, then take everything off of the heat and serve immediately.