Cheesy Potato Breakfast Skillet and Chopped

When Papa Bear was in the Navy, there was no telling when he would be home. He could surprise me and be home at noon before I could even have laundry finished or he could not be home until 8. I will not eat without Papa Bear. Eating as a family was numero uno when I was growing up and it’s something that I want to continue with our little family. He on the other hand not so much. His parents don’t even have a table to eat at…umm no! You have to have a table to eat dinner at! No questions asked. Anyway, I digress. Not knowing when Papa Bear was going to be home meant I either had to do a lot of prep for every night (which isn’t a bad thing) or be able to make a tasty home cooked meal in less than 30 minutes. Needing to stretch every penny to get groceries because unlike what is seen to be common knowledge the military doesn’t make a lot of money and there was always at least one more person over for dinner, I had to be creative often! I played Chopped like the Bravo TV show towards the end of paychecks to make a meal.

This Potato Breakfast Skillet is one of them. I always have potatoes and cheese on hand because they can be added to anything to stretch a meal and make it bigger. This recipe is no sweat to cook or prep, it hides a veggie (carrots)  and best of all it is yummy!

Cheesy Potato Breakfast Skillet

Serves 5-6

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3 tbsp butter

2 garlic cloves

10 potatoes, diced small

2 tsp dried sage

Salt and pepper for taste

3 carrots. scraped

5 eggs, beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper

1 cup Mexican cheese, shredded

     Melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the garlic until is it is beginning to turn gold. Put the potatoes in the diced potatoes in the skillet, season with sage, salt and pepper, and stir.

Cut the carrots into chunks and put through a food processor until the tiny! This is how you hide the carrots and so they cook quickly. Add the carrots to the potato mix and stir.

When the potatoes are tender add the eggs to the skillet and stir until the eggs are just slightly runny and well mixed into the potatoes. Turn off the burner and sprinkle cheese over the top of the potato mixture and put a lid on top. When the cheese is melted serve and enjoy.

This meal is good by itself, but it very forgiving! If you like green peppers, add them! If you want to add breakfast sausage or bacon, do it! This was one of my Chopped ideas that has become a staple and has been improvised many times! This is just the base recipe and you can do whatever you want to make this your own! Enjoy!