Friday’s Foods: Comfort Food

by Julie Fletcher

Breakfast

Do you have a favorite food that brings back comforting memories of childhood or another special time? If so, you’re just like millions, if not a few billion others.

Comfort food is usually a home cooked, simple, and inexpensive dish or meal. Macaroni and cheese is a typical comfort dish that spans the U.S., while there are regional favorites. I’m originally from the South Eastern U.S. and like many others from that area, barbeque, chicken dumplings, friend chicken, and mashed potatoes remind me of home and sweeter times.

I think my favorite comfort food is a breakfast scramble, though. Breakfast was a relaxing thing for me as a child, a time to slow down before running out of the house for school. My grandmother always made sure the morning meal was perfect for the day to come. Every breakfast seemed tailored, just right for whatever came my way. In the fall and winter months when the weekends came or holiday vacations finally rolled around, grandma made another southern favorite: Fried Taters and Onions.

Ok, so that might sound more like a side dish for dinner, but hear me out. It’s one of the easiest one dish breakfasts around and can have just about any of your normal breakfast ingredients included. Some people use a frying pan, while others use a deep pot. I am one who prefers a deeper pot with sturdy handles due to everything I throw into mine!

I don’t have a set recipe, so I’m going to be general with the amounts of everything. It’s more a matter of taste than an exact science.

First, scrub your potatoes. Use whatever kind you like the best, though a dry baking potato will give the best texture. I usually use six or seven large, sliced into rounds or cut into tiny cubes like home fries. Chop one medium onion. Drop it all into a hot pan that you have melted butter in, or coated with olive oil. Cover and check occasionally, stirring until done. The potatoes will be brown in some places, crisp with soft insides.

Ok, now your ‘Taters and Onions’ are done, but if you want a great scramble, add in beaten eggs, cooked bacon or sausage, just about any meat or vegetable you enjoy. Cheese makes a great topper after the eggs are cooked firm.

Mm. I think I am going to go have a Scramble now.

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This entry was posted on Friday, October 5th, 2007 at 7:34 am and is filed under Lifestyles, Cooking. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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