Popeye the Sailor Muffins
A delicious way to introduce spinach into your breakfast without a lot of fuss
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2-3 servings
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 6 Slices deli-style ham
  • ⅓ Cup julienne spinach (+ 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh minced oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh finely chopped green onion tops
  • 3 English Muffins
  • 1 Cup cottage cheese
  • Shredded Mexican Blend cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)
  • Fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Fresh ground Kosher salt (to taste)
  1. Begin by seeding and finely dicing 2 Roma tomatoes, then julienne 6 slices of deli-style ham. Put 1 tablespoon of butter (or margarine) and 1 tablespoon of Canola oil in a skillet on medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the tomatoes and ham, stirring and reduce the temperature to medium low. Add a couple of turns of fresh ground black pepper and fresh ground kosher salt seasoning to your taste.
  2. While that cooks, julienne ⅓ cup (plus 2 tablespoons) of fresh spinach and finely chopped 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano and 1 tablespoon of green onion tops. It makes the recipe go smoother if you prepare all your ingredients before you start cooking.
  3. Add the spinach, oregano and onions to the tomato mixture and cook for a couple of minutes more. Taking another skillet, add a splash of Canola oil (about 1 tablespoon) and browned the halves of 3 English muffins.
  4. Go back to the tomato mixture and add 1 cup of cottage cheese, stirring it in.
  5. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of julienned spinach over the browned English muffin halves. You can serve it for 2 with 3 halves each or for 3 with 2 halves each. Top that with the tomato mixture and sprinkled shredded Mexican Blend cheese over all of that.
  6. The cottage cheese and the tomatoes blend together creating a creamy, smooth texture similar to melted Velveeta cheese. The ingredients come together in a burst of flavor and you forget you're eating spinach for breakfast.
Recipe by The Surprised Gourmet at http://thesurprisedgourmet.com/2015/08/26/popeye-the-sailor-muffins/