Here’s a microwave take-off on “Joe’s Special,” an old San Francisco favorite that combines eggs, ground beef, and fresh spinach. To complete the meal, just add sourdough bread and a mixed green salad with Caesar-style dressing.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, pepper, and dry oregano leaves
6 cups lightly packed torn spinach leaves 8 large eggs
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded colby jack cheese
Crumble beef into a shallow 3-quart microwave-safe baking dish. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, nutmeg, pepper, and oregano. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 9 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is soft; stir every 3 minutes during cooking. Spoon off and discard all liquid.
Set spinach on top of beef mixture; cover and microwave on HIGH (100%) for 3 minutes. In a bowl, beat eggs until blended; add to mixture in baking dish. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes to bring cooked eggs to inside of dish and allow uncooked portion to flow to edges. Season to taste with salt. Sprinkle with cheese, and replace in microwave for 1 minute, so cheese can melt. Let stand, uncovered, for 1 minute; eggs should be softly set. Makes 6 servings.