Breakfast Goulash

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    I make breakfasts sometimes. Although I can make other kinds of breakfasts, the one that I commonly make involves cutting a large potato into small pieces and adding them to a skillet, in which I have preheated a small amount of olive oil, and set it at medium heat to fry.

    I cut up an onion, a jalapeño pepper, and maybe a bell pepper, into even smaller pieces and add them to the potatoes, turning as needed.

    Then the meat, which depends on what we have available. If we have both bacon and Italian sausage available, that’s my preference, but most any kind of sausage, hot dogs, or hamburger will work. I have even used pepperoni. Ham works well too, but it's not my first choice.

    Assuming I have both bacon and Italian sausage, I will cut up about six slices of bacon into small pieces and add that to the mix. I usually broil the Italian sausage to part-way done before adding it to the mix. That makes it easier to cut the sausage up, and I don’t like the way that the raw sausage colors the potatoes and everything else, so I like to have that half cooked before adding it.

    If all I have for meat is bacon, I’ll use more bacon, but I will broil it before adding it; otherwise, it makes everything too greasy. Sometimes I’ll cook the meat separately and mix it in at the end. It’s a slightly different taste, but it’s good that way too.

    Along the way, I’ll throw in some thyme, or maybe some oregano, and salt and pepper generously. Sometimes I add salsa to it, as well. I’ll play around with other spices but I don’t generally remember what worked well, and what didn’t, so these are the basics.

    When everything is mostly done, I will add a small amount of milk to a bowl, crack a few eggs up in it, and scramble the eggs into the goulash before serving, stirring frequently. If I am using hamburger or hot dogs as the meat, I’ll mix a little bit of cheese into the scrambled eggs, because hamburger and hot dogs aren’t as tasty on their own.

    My wife would prefer that I always add cheese because she likes cheese. Melted cheese is slimy though, and I don’t like that so much. It makes it look like the eggs aren't cooked and that grosses me out.

    I don’t measure anything.
     
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  2. Frank Sanoica

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    @Ken Anderson It sounds absolutely delicious! As for bacon, my wife loves it, but I have never acquired much taste for it. My mother often threw together concoctions for me for breakfast, as a kid, and used variety to keep me interested. Bell peppers one time, something else the next, but always onions. We ate onions in almost everything.
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    My mom made generous use of onions too, and I hated onions when I was a kid. She would cut onions up very small, and mix them in with the hamburger meat, and I'd pick as many of them out as I could. Now, while I am never in the mood to eat an onion on its own, except perhaps onion rings, I use onions in a lot of stuff.
     
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    Have made something similiar...but we wrap in tortillas most of the time. Would not use hot dogs tho...Lolo
    Never have usef milk in scrambled eggs either. And Ken on the cheese add it after you take off the burner...that way your eggs are doing and cheese will not seem slimy.Makes a tasty breakfast. :)
     
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    I was introduced to sloppy joes and goulash for breakfast in the Navy aboard ship. I had never even thought of having that kind of stuff for breakfast, but it grows on you and soon it was my favorite breakfast. Seldom have it now, but I still have memories....
     
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    Hot dogs are never my first choice but when I start frying the potatoes before checking to see what I have for meats, they will work in a pinch, and better than driving to the store.
     
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    Since we are talking breakfast...... cereal- any kind is a snack food! Cereal does nothing for me, and most people I know. We were brainwashed in our youth that bacon, eggs and or cereal and fruit were for breakfast. I have, and do enjoy, leftover fried catfish, pizza, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and chicken fried steak for breakfast. on rare occasion have been known to eat a hamburger for breakfast.
    I do not eat these items on a regular basis, but do enjoy them, when I have them.
    Yesterday we smoked a brisket and was very tasty for dinner.I am thinking seriously having some for breakfast today:). These foods stay with me longer and are much more satisfying.Anyone else eat out of the norm breakfast foods?
     
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    In my corner of the world we have a similar dish called Jumbot, Giambotta or Ciambotta.

    In Italian, the name refers to a stew but the local diners serve it as sort of a scrambled version of a frittata with a side of crunchy Italian toast!

    It is very popular with the late night crowd after a night on the town.

    Try adding some leftover kielbasa coins to the mix!!!
     
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    I am more likely to have eggs, bacon and toast at 4 pm than to have hamburgers at 7 am.
     
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    Sounds delicious but it would be my days worth of calories...and sodium.
     
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    I can see the similarities - and yes, kielbasa works very well with my breakfast, as well.
     
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    Yeah, there is that. Plus, since I don't measure anything, we usually end up with way too much of it.
     
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    No, I don't like this. Not that it wouldn't be good but I like proven recipes, exact measurements. I like to know what spices bring to the mix. If one doesn't know don't use them. I don't really like milk added toscrambled eggs. First thing you know you're squeezing liquid out of the eggs before you can chew them. You might as well roll everything up in foil and throw it on the coals. Would be better. Just a thought.
     
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    Yes, I know that some people cannot function in the kitchen without precise measurements, the lack of which has probably led to another problem you had with it. I'm not talking about mixing a couple of eggs into a cup of milk. It's a very small amount of milk, just enough to add some fluff to the scrambled eggs. We're talking tablespoons, not cups. If you're "squeezing liquid out of the eggs," you have added entirely too much milk. And no, that's not a good argument for precise measurements. To the contrary, you didn't need to know an exact amount to realize that you didn't want to be squeezing liquid out of the eggs. I have tried it with and without the milk, and it's okay either way, but better with. By the way, I don't think I have ever looked at a recipe for scrambled eggs before but I just looked at a few of them, and they all call for milk, and one of them for way more milk than I use. As for spices, experimentation is half the fun, and it's not that hard to figure out which things are likely to go together. Even when I'm using a recipe, I don't follow it too closely.
     
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    By the way, I do understand that it's not really a recipe without the amounts. I'll try to pay attention next time, although I rarely make it the same way.
     
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