Just like a lot of children, I was never very fond of leftovers when I was younger. Leftovers were, by definition, boring and gross because it was something that we had already eaten once–why would I want to eat it again? I guess I was a little bit of a picky eater. However, I was very imaginative and anything that had a story behind it or a make-believe element had me 100% on board.
So, my mother, being the clever woman that she was, invented Shipwreck and introduced it to my brother and I as a dish that pirates would make when they were stranded on a deserted island. It consisted of eggs (according to her, the pirates used parrot eggs, but we only had regular chicken eggs) and whatever else the pirates could find to add to the eggs to keep up their strength while searching for a way off the island. Of course, in our version, that meant dreaded leftovers. But to my child brain, the idea of eating a meal modeled after pirates was a totally okay way to use leftovers and to this day I prefer my scrambled eggs made shipwreck style.
Of course, there are some things that just don’t work well in shipwreck, but if you’re looking for a way to spice up your morning routine (or if you need a way to sneakily use leftovers) then here are some of my favorite shipwreck ingredients:
- any lunch meat
- fried chicken
- Scalloped potatoes
- left over french fries
- mixed veggies
- basically any veggie (tomatoes and peppers are my favorite)
- any cheese
- hot dogs / brats
- spaghetti sauce (small amounts, and leave out the noodles)
- taco meat
I am sure there are plenty of other things that can be added to eggs to make them just a little bit more exciting, but those are the ingredients that I tend to have sitting around or which tend to make the best eggs.
So, have you ever made shipwreck? If so, what do you put in your eggs? Share with me in the comments!