Appetite For Instruction: Mexican Scrambler

Recipe Demonstrated by Jimmy Vergos of the Original Market Diner

In the words of one thrice-weekly regular, "It's just like home, but with better food!" Jimmy Vergos' mom and dad and Pappou and YiaYia developed a loyal following over the years at the Original Market Diner by serving home style recipes in a friendly atmosphere.

Jimmy started working by their side as a busboy at the age of 15, and in 2001 he took over the diner to continue the family tradition. Walk into this former 50's drive-in any day and your nose will likely tell you what the Blue Plate Special is before you even take a seat. Meat Loaf, BBQ Chicken and Chop Steak Supreme all get their turns as supporting acts on the diner's menu, but breakfast is the star of the show.

You can have waffles with fruit and nuts, pancakes or French toast, but for a little spice to start your day, Jimmy recommends his #8 Mexican Scrambler. Loaded with sausage, cheese, jalapenos and more, it may be all you need 'till dinner.

Step 1: Scramble up three whole extra-large eggs and dice two patties of your favorite breakfast sausage.

Step 2: Melt 1 tbsp. butter in a large skillet and add 2 tbsp. each diced white onion, diced tomato and minced fresh jalapeño to the pan. Sautée until onion is translucent.

Step 3: Add chopped sausage patties and a handful of fried tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips to the pan and sautée for one minute.

Step 4: Pour scrambled eggs into the pan. Gently stir with a heatproof rubber spatula for 2-3 minutes or until eggs are set.

Step 5: Fold in 2 tbsp. each grated cheddar and provolone cheese and serve immediately with a side of salsa (Jimmy likes tomatillo). Warning: May lead to unexpected overnight guests and/or early-morning visitors.

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Lisa Petty