Hangover Scramble

by Sarah on January 23, 2012

Oh come on, let’s face it, we’ve all been there, even if you don’t drink.  You can have a hangover just from being exhausted, overloaded or stressed out. Sometimes you wake up and you just need a little TLC.  A little protein, a little gooey cheese, starchy potato, maybe some hot sauce…..yes, that would equal a hangover scramble.

First, make coffee.  Trust me.  You will need it.  How do you think you are going to muster up the endorphins or energy or whatever to make breakfast with all that leftover wine, beer or booze rolling around in your gut?  You need caffeine.  Several cups.

You can put whatever you want in this thing, but these things are clear:  You need eggs.  You need cheese.  You need potatoes.  I like onions.  Other than that, the options are wide open–I used a bit of bacon this time but in times past have used bits and pieces peppers, tomatoes or ham.  Whatever you have on hand for flavor.  But eggs, potatoes and cheese are crucial to this thing.  And maybe hot sauce.

Because of the nature of the hangover, I am not patient enough to fry potatoes in the pan for 20 minutes.  Either steam them, use a leftover baked potato or microwave a potato and cut it up.  I microwaved them here, and cut them up leaving the skins on.  I like the skins but you can do whatever you like.  I fried the suckers in bacon fat and oil until they browned then tossed in the white parts of some scallions.

Listen, this isn’t really the proper way to cook eggs, in a gunky pan to pick up all my potato peel nonsense, but listen, when you have a wine-soaked brain it’s the least of your concerns.  Scoot the potatoes to the side and turn the heat to low.  Put a chunk of butter on the empty side and pour in the egg.

Cook slowly so the eggs at least cook properly and don’t get scorched and turn brown and gross.  Scramble softly and season with salt and pepper.  They actually don’t look too bad.

When the eggs are nearly cooked, add in whatever you are adding in–for me it was some cooked bacon, the green tops of the scallions and of course the sharp cheddar cheese–and fold it all together.

It may be ugly but if it helps bring you back to life and tastes good, who cares?

Hangover Scramble


  • 8 eggs, beaten with 2 Tbsp milk or water
  • 4 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 4 scallions, sliced and separated white part from green tops
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 2 small-medium or 1 large russet potato, cooked and cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • salt, pepper


  • Saute bacon over medium-low heat in a large sauté pan. Remove bacon to plate, leaving fat in pan.
  • Add oil to bacon fat and turn heat to medium.
  • Add potatoes and let brown.
  • Add the white part of scallions and sauté for a minute.
  • Scoot potatoes to side of pan.
  • Add butter to empty side of pan and turn heat to low.
  • Add eggs to empty side of pan and let softly scramble, stirring occasionally with a heat proof rubber spatula. Season with salt and pepper.
  • When eggs are nearly done, add back the bacon, the cheese and green onion tops.
  • Fold eggs together with all ingredients.
  • Season again with salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve with toast or tortillas and hot sauce, if desired.

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