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Gubment Breakfast (inspired by the Reagan years)
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This recipe was part of the Food Fight: Desperation Dinner Challenge which ended Mar 31, 2008 05:00 PM.
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Total Time: 15-20 minutes

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Makes: 4 portions

What can I say? Poverty inspired this recipe. The Reagan years of government cheese, bread, can goods, etc. were some of the most challenging years of my young life. I’m a witness that “necessity is indeed the mother of invention” (W. Horman) and humility is the root of true gratitude.


  1. 1Dice and cook the slice of bacon until crispy.
  2. 2Mince the onion and sauté in the bacon fat.
  3. 3Add the flour to begin to make a sauce and add water as needed.
  4. 4Add the shredded government cheese. (Govt cheese was a strange “animal”, it did weird things depending on how you cooked it.)
  5. 5In the pot (because my sister only had one skillet), melt the pats of government butter.
  6. 6Beat the 3 eggs in a bowl, add to butter and scramble.
  7. 7Plate a serving of eggs with the cheese sauce on top.
  8. 8Enjoy the smile on the kids faces as they enjoy something OTHER THAN government cereal or government grits.
  9. 9For Lunch
    Same ingredients, MINUS the scrambled eggs, ADD a baked potato for each child.
    Fluff the baked potatoes, layer the cheese sauce in the potatoes, and sprinkle some dehydrated chives on top for aesthetics. LOL

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